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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.

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

A 21 year old Longmorn single malt, distilled in September 1992 and bottled in May 2014 by the chaps at Hunter Laing. A release of 285 bottles, presented as part of their excellent Old Malt Cask…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$87.57

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 18902) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

22 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2015 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was drawn from a single cask (#18902, in case you were wondering),…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 18902)  - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$83.79

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2000 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52%
Ardmore

An independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a refill barrel that was filled in 2000 and cracked open in 2014. It was a joint bottled between The Whisky Agency and La Maison…  More info

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2000 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$93.37

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.1%
Aultmore

Darkness! whiskies spend at least six months in specially coopered fresh 50 litre Sherry cask (Oloroso in this case). For this 6 year old Aultmore single malt, that's around a twelfth of its…  More info

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$68.89

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from August 2008 to November 2015 in a single refill hogshead. This was bottled at 46% ABV by the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.69

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

A Wemyss Malts bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015. An excellent single cask Speysider, which has been bequeathed the title 'Chocolate Orange…  More info

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$81.17

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

A tasty 14 year old Glen Spey from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in February of 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Moray

Distilled in March 1995 and disgorged over 20 years later in August 2015, this single cask Glen Moray was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill…  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$83.21

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.4%
Strathmill

Though a lot of Strathmill's whisky has made its way into many famous blends over the years, indie bottlings are a good way to sample their single malt. Like this one, for example - 22 year old…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$78.39

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independently bottled single malt from the Longmorn distillery, aged in a single cask for 21 years! It was back in 1993 when this whisky was distilled and set aside in cask #0854 to mature. In…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 0854) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$83.56

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%
Glenrothes

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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$145.23

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.1%
The Glenlivet

An indie bottling of 29 year old Glenlivet single malt, drawn from cask #13503 which was laid down in 1978 and cracked open in 2008. It was independently bottled by Adelphi with a very small outturn…  More info

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)
$286.78

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Distilled in March 1993, this Allt-á-Bhainne was bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2015. Matured in a single refill hogshead, 295 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$94.11

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3055) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.7%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas distilled in 1961(!) and not bottled until 9th July 2014, having spent the interceding years in a single Sherry hogshead until it took on this stunning hue! Extraordinarily well aged…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3055) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1730.51

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.7%
Glen Grant

A rather intruiging bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Hunter Laing for their Old & rare range. It was distilled at the distillery in Speyside in October 1985 and filled…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$48.56

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 825 & 826) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

An independent bottling of Glenlossie single malt, drawn from a pair of casks which aged the whisky for 19 years - from February 1997 to October 2015. Following its maturation, this was bottled…  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 825 & 826) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$45.41

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

This Speysider was bottled at nineteen years old by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask. This Longmorn is non-chill filtered so all of the flavour and texture is preserved in the final product!  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$77.19

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$40.95

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their…  More info

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$291.59

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$51.92

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Speyside

A rich, chocolatey Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing. For 18 years, from April 1996 to September 2014, this whisky matured in a refill butt, developing depth…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.18

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.3%
Aultmore

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Aultmore single malt, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in a tiny Octave cask for 8 months. Only 110 bottles were produced.  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$54.44

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 51.1%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1987 vintage single malt, released by Glenfarclas for their Spring 2015 release of the Family Cask range. It was distilled in 1987 and set aside to mature in refill butt #1477 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$323.47

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