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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.

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A refill sherry matured Macallan, this was distilled in 1988 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)
$238.96

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Distilled in March 2009 and bottled in May 2016, this 7 year old Mortlach single malt from the Speyside region was bottled at 46% abv by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Speyside 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 54.3%
Speyside

This is an independently bottled 20 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery (in Speyside, obviously), drawn from a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in June 1996 and set aside to…  More info

Speyside 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
1
$90.98

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 003

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

Balvenie's Signature comes back for a third batch! This is again a 12 year old expression from the Speyside-based distillery, which has been matured in a combination of Oloroso sherry butts, first…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 003
$130.72

Strathisla 18 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.9%
Strathisla

A Small Batch Cadenhead bottling of 18 year old Strathisla single malt, distilled in 1997 and bottled 18 years later in 2016. A release of 774 bottles.  More info

Strathisla 18 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$71.21

Balvenie 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 9328) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two

70cl, 62.3%
Balvenie

A 15 year old single malt from the Balvenie distillery, released as part of their second chapter of their DCS Compendium, honouring the many, many years that David Stewart has spent as Malt Master.…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 9328)  - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
$836.93

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$85.86

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

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich decanter, without box, thought to date from the 1970s. Part of a collectible range that also included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots decanters. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$251.09

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in December 1997 and left to age in said Sherry butt until February 2016, when it was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.45

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of the 'Beast of Dufftown' - Mortlach! This was distilled in 2007 and set aside to mature in a single bourbon barrel for 8 years before being bottled by Langside for their Hepburn's…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.69

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5938 & 5939) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

21 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in May 1995 and cracked open in November 2016. This was independently bottled by the excellent…  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5938 & 5939) (Signatory)
$48.45

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range.  More info

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48.6%
Glenfarclas

Part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask Spring 2015 Releases, this delicious single malt from the heart of Speyside was filled into a refill Sherry cask back in 1990 and bottled in December 2014. 535…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$258.95

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory bottling of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks for 20 years. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in February 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)
1
$50.38

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11334) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Longmorn

A single cask bottling of 21 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1994 and left to mature in a refill hogshead…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11334) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$79.96

Balvenie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7951) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two

70cl, 61.8%
Balvenie

The second chapter of Balvenie's extensive DCS Compendium looks at "The Influence of Oak". This bottling comes from said chapter - it was distilled in August 1997 and aged in a European Port puncheon…  More info

Balvenie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7951) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
$968.75

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Miltonduff

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.  More info

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
6
$31.74

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Flagon - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

This is a collectible ceramic flagon from Glenfiddich, celebrating Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scotland in the 1300s. Well know as a great warrior, Robert the Bruce was often depicted holding a…  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Flagon - 1980s
$188.32

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible Glenfiddich ceramic decanter celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, one of three Scottish monarchs in the range. This decanter is thought to date from the 1980s. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s
$188.32

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1980s (Tube)

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich distillery in the Speyside region is one of the most well-known and well-respected Scotch whisky distilleries around the world. This rare bottle of their Glenfiddich Pure Malt from…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1980s (Tube)
$125.55

Mango Anise Sorbet 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A tasty Braeval single malt, aged in a single barrel from 1994 to 2016. It was independently bottled by Wemyss Malts, and named 'Mango Anise Sorbet', to give us an idea of the flavour profile. 254…  More info

Mango Anise Sorbet 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)
$90.42

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

A single cask bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a hogshead which matured the whisky for 25 years, from October 1990 to August 2016. Following maturation, the whisky was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$102.97

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 44.2%
Glenfarclas

An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2,610.31

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%
Tormore

Tormore aged for 24 years! This tasty Speysider was distilled in April 1992, left to mature in a bourbon barrel and bottled in April 2016 by the folks at Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection.…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 5694 + 5695) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$83.02

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.5%
Miltonduff

Hurrah for Miltonduff whisky! Lovely stuff! This bottling of their single malt comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range, and was matured in a single cask from June 1990 to March 2014 (23…  More info

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice
$121.35

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