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Speyside Whisky

Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibit superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, including the world’s best-sellers: The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan.

The Speyside style has altered over time, a traditional Speyside single malt would be more akin to a Highland whisky, with a definite robustness and a marked peat. More recent expressions are lighter, sweeter whiskies; honeyed and fine. Lacking the peat of Islay or the Highlands, the ozone and salinity of coastal malts or the dry, perfume of the Lowlands; Speyside whiskies are sweet and subtle. There is however, no hard and fast rule as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, for more than half of Scotland’s distilleries are to be found in this sub-region of the Highlands.

Older variants, particularly from those powerhouse distilleries: Macallan and Glenfarclas are often well-sherried, thick drams. There is a tendency to steer away from heavily finished whiskies, indeed most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks. A heavily sherried Speyside single malt to be the perfect companion to a medium-bodied cigar, and a particularly well-aged expression can be the utmost of postprandial swigs.

Some of the light, youthful Speyside whiskies, perhaps from Allt-á-Bhainne or Glen Elgin, are charming and delightful. There is a low mineral content in the waters of Speyside, lying on the Grampians, with their granite content proffering soft waters. As a rule, the whiskies are either very low or totally devoid of peat, there is not a great abundance of it locally, though it has been used with some successful results in the cases of BenRiach and Tomintoul’s Ballantruan respectively.

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

This Glen Grant was made to commemorate Glen Grant's 170th anniversary.  More info

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition
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$113.40

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 50.8%
Linkwood

A 26 year old single cask Linkwood, bottled by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird range. It was distilled in 1989 and left to age in a bourbon hogshead for 26 years, when it was then bottled at…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Mortlach

381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing's…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$55.13

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s

113cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s
$225.34

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Cragganmore

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt distilled in April 1985 and independently bottled in October 2015 by the folks at Hunter Laing. The Old & Rare Platinum range is…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$308.67

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.8%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
3
$59.29

Glen Moray 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 5454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 60.9%
Glen Moray

Yummy whisky from Glen Moray! This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Glen Moray single malt, matured in a bourbon cask from November 2007 to July 2016. Following that, it was independently…  More info

Glen Moray 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 5454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$53.16

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 48.8%
BenRiach

A BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. This one (a 37 year old) was given a finishing period in a Tawny Port hogshead before being…  More info

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$473.55

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 22) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 61.3%
Speyside

Single cask Speyside single malt here, aged in a Sherry butt. In fact, it was aged in Sherry butt #22 for 22 years! Coincidence? Conspiracy?! Who knows. What we do know is that said Sherry cask was…  More info

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 22) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$100.80

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

From the Lomond stills of the Miltonduff distillery in 1979, comes this rare expression of Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2012 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Rare Old range. It was…  More info

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenrothes

Sherry cask matured Glenrothes from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled February 2005 and disgorged from the single cask in December 2015, the outturn was 715 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$58.78

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1969 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. This single cask single malt matured in refill butt #2454 from 1969 to March 2014, after which it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$3,486.36

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
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Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, matured in a single butt cask from 1988 to 2015, and was then bottled by Wemyss Malts. They've given it a name based on its flavour profile and inspired…  More info

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$138.60

Strathmill 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 100192) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%
Strathmill

A single cask Strathmill single malt, aged in a hogshead cask for 26 years. It was distilled in March 1990 and bottled in August 2016 by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection - 241 bottles…  More info

Strathmill 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 100192) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$98.12

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A one litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, thought to date from the 1970s, confusingly labelled as 'pure malt'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s
$187.79

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, who release their expressions under than name Glen Deveron. It was originally released for the Travel Retail market as…  More info

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
1
$260.76

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 15220) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.9%
Miltonduff

Matured in a single first fill puncheon, this Speyside single malt was distilled at Miltonduff in September 1994 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in June 2016. Neither artificial colouring nor chill…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 15220) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$107.88

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.4%
Glen Grant

Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon hogshead for 25 years! Top stuff from the renowned distillery in Speyside, which has been bottled as part of the Highland Laird range by…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Complete with presentation tin, these Clans of the Highlands Glenfiddich bottlings are eminently collectible. This is the Clan Montgomerie edition, dating from the 1980s.  More info

Glenfiddich
$100.15

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11194) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

An independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Macduff distillery, which resides peacefully in the Highland region. This was distilled in July 2008 and bottled in…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11194) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$34.16

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.4%
The Macallan

An exquisite 25 year old Macallan single malt! This luxurious Speyside whisky was filled into a single refill Sherry hogshead on Monday 9th April 1990, emerging like a butterfly on 17th December 2015…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ooh, it looks like The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.'s Cooper's Choice range has had a redesign - very stylish indeed! This is a single cask bottling of heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky from the…  More info

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$48.77

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Dufftown

18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.41

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Linkwood

A lovely Linkwood single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This little treat was distilled back in June 1997 and left to age for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. It…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$69.67

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