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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.

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenburgie

A single cask Glenburgie here, bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in June 1995, aged in hogshead #6488 and bottled at 20 years old in January 2016. 336…  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$43.16

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.0%
Glenlossie

It's the first batch of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label features a diagram of the onion-shaped stills that produce Glenlossie's whisky, but…  More info

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.4%
Tamdhu

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling from Hunter Laing of 25 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in September 1988, matured in a sherry butt for 25 years and bottled at natural…  More info

Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$219.67

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Glen Keith

Distilled at Glen Keith (not Strathisla as originally believed) on 4th April 1973, Craigduff was an experimental peated malt. Matured for a staggering 40 years in a refill sherry butt, this release…  More info

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$415.98

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)

70cl, 43.0%
Glenallachie

This is a 19 year old Glenallachie single malt, drawn from two casks that were filled in October 1996 and cracked open in February 2016. It was bottled by the fine folks at Signatory, a fantastic…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)
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Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.4%
Longmorn

From top London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd comes this stunning single cask Longmorn, distilled in 1997 and aged for 14 years in cask 163310 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask…  More info

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$55.23

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.8%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky - this was matured in a wine seasoned barrel! After 18 years of ageing (from September 1997 to November 2015), it was…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$143.52

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.7%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead independent bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, presented as part of their wonderful Small Batch series.  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40.0%
The Macallan

This 10 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak
25

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l

100cl, 40.0%
Aberlour

A litre bottle of 15 year old Aberlour, this was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l
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The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted

100cl, 40.0%
The Glenlivet

One of two new Master Distiller's releases from the summer of 2015, originally for travel retail. The Solera Reserve, like the others in the range, is made up of whiskies matured in ex-Sherry casks,…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted
$62.08

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3

70cl, 52.2%
Balvenie

David Stewart's new and larger plaything following the success of marrying tun 1401, Tun 1509 is now providing its third release! For this batch he selected 12 Sherry butts with vintages varying from…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3
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$284.73

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.1%
The Glenlivet

A 19 year old single cask release from Glenlivet, which has been given the name Campdalemore after an old forest in the area.  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition
$249.25

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
Strathisla

A first fill sherry hogshead matured 1964 vintage from the Strathisla distillery. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Nicely smoky, the sherry provides great balance.  More info

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenrothes

Single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was aged in a refill Sherry butt for 18 years, from October 1997 to February 2016, and has been bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$53.63

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.1%
Glenburgie

The second batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived. The label shows a giant searching the Glenburgie distillery for…  More info

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

Folio 1 was only available from the distillery and limited to 2,000 bottles. It celebrates the distillery's 1980s (and early '90s) advertisements with a book and USB stick all presented in a…  More info

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1
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$621.12

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)
$35.37

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenglassaugh

A rather interesting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was distilled in 1986, which was the same year that the distillery closed for the third time during…  More info

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40.0%
Cragganmore

The 2001 vintage Cragganmore Distillers Edition, which was finished in Port wood casks for an intriguing depth of flavour. A top expression from the Classic Malts range and the Cragganmore distillery…  More info

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
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$60.09

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)

100cl, 49.9%
The Macallan

Well-known fashion photographer Mario Testino is Macallan's fifth Master of Photography (previous Masters of Photography include Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson). For his…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)
$2155.00

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli

70cl, 45.0%
Glentauchers

A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentuachers distillery! This has been independently bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli. Beautifully presented, we might add.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli
$134.51

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval, yum yum yum! This little rascal comes to us from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. it was distilled in September 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead. 16 years later,…  More info

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation

70cl, 40.0%
Aberlour

You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside…  More info

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation
$46.26

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