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

70cl, 51.50%
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)
$96.11

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.10%
Glenallachie

22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1992 and aged in a refill barrel. In August 2014, the good peoples at Douglas Laing decided it was ready to join the gorgeous…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$106.40

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 58%
Glen Keith

18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of Part Des Anges' Closed Distilleries range of independently bottled whiskies. Now, you might be thinking that Glen Keith isn't a…  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$115.49

Tormore 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 5690 + 5691) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53%
Tormore

An independent bottling of 23 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a pair of bourbon barrels from April 1992 to June 2015. This is a release of 230 bottles, presented as part of the…  More info

Tormore 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 5690 + 5691) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$102.39

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Miltonduff

Marvellous Miltonduff single malt right here via Douglas Laing's Old Particular range! This indie single cask bottling features whisky distilled in June 2000, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled…  More info

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$66.93

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

From the Knockando distillery in the Speyside region comes a 1990 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which has been matured for 21 years. A well-Sherried malt, with red fruit sitting sweetly on the…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 with 2x Glasses
$103.15

Aultmore 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Aultmore

A light Speyside single malt, released as part of The Ten series, by La Maison du Whisky. This comes from the Aultmore distillery, who distilled the whisky in 2005 and bottled in 2014 at 40.1% ABV.…  More info

Aultmore 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)
$46.12

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This handsome antique is part of the Clans of the Highlands collection released by Glenfiddich in the 1980s. It comes with a bottle of their single malt Scotch whisky and a collector's tin with a…  More info

Glenfiddich
$147.01

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

Mortlach was where William Grant of Glenfiddich and Balvenie fame started his career in whisky. To this day it remains a firm favourite of many whisky fans so it is no wonder that Gordon and MacPhail…  More info

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)
$462.45

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is a 7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, released by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range, which come presented in handsome decanters! Wouldn't look out of place on the drinks…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$70.87

Glen Spey 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 800830) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
Glen Spey

This right here is an independently bottled Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single cask which lovingly matured the whisky from December 1991 to February 2014. At that point, it was…  More info

Glen Spey 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 800830) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$132.26

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the spectacular Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of casks. It was distilled in September 2002 and bottled on the 1st of April 2016.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)
$49.19

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.60%
Glendullan

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glendullan, one of the number of distilleries in Dufftown. This was distilled back in 1996 and aged in bourbon hogsheads for 18 years until 2015,…  More info

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$67.11

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

An independent Imperial here, bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in September 1995 and aged for 20 years until February 2016, when it was bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$62.99

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 6 year old Inchgower, distilled in 2009 at their distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2016 by Douglas Laing for their beautiful premier Barrel range, presented in traditionally-styled…  More info

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$53.36

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

For this Small Batch release, WM Cadenhead bottled a 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Spey distillery. It was distilled in 2001 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2014, when the…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
1
$43.28

Glenlivet 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 163418) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

An 18 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a first fill Sherry butt from October 1996 to March 2015. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Glenlivet 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 163418) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$65.12

BenRiach 17 Year Old Solstice (2nd Edition)

70cl, 50%
BenRiach

An excellent 17 year old BenRiach, from their peated "Solstice" range. This is the second release, replacing the previous 15 year old version, and finished in a port pipe. Lovely stuff!  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Solstice (2nd Edition)
5
$83.20

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

Very, very well aged Glenfarclas single malt right here, from their brilliant Family Cask selection. This one was distilled all the way back in 1974 and left to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$849.70

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 59.10%
Glen Keith

An independently bottled 21 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range. it was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2013 - the same…  More info

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$137.85

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.10%
Glen Grant

A 16 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest independent bottlers in Scotland. 504 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$75.97

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 15 year old from BenRiach that was first aged in bourbon casks before being finished in casks from the Douro region of Portugal, previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)
2
$63.40

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

How often do you see Dallas Dhu single malt, eh? "Not often" is likely your answer, as the distillery in the Speyside region has been closed since 1983 (though all of the distillation equipment is…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail
$306.26

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask
4
$122.44

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s (boxed)

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible decanter of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky from the late 1970s, featuring Charles Edward Stuart (who you might know as Bonnie Prince Charlie) on the label and presentation box.…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s (boxed)
$294.01

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