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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.

BenRiach 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 5469) Bourbon Cask Finish

70cl, 41.70%
BenRiach

A 36 year old unpeated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was initially matured in Sherry cask before being transferred over to a bourbon cask to finish. This gorgeous Speysider was distilled…  More info

BenRiach 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 5469) Bourbon Cask Finish
$464.47

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 51.10%
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
$329.34

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A rather classic, classy bottling of Glenlivet single malt, presented by Gordon & MacPahil as part of their Distillery Labels series. This very well-matured dram was distilled in 1948 and was…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3105.53

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1803) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1

70cl, 41.60%
Glenglassaugh

35 year old Glenglassaugh single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their first batch of Rare Cask Releases. This particular expression was distilled in October 1978 and bottled in February 2014…  More info

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1803) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1
$441.23

Macallan 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 10783) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.70%
The Macallan

30 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for well-aged, rare whiskies (and this certainly fits the bill…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 10783) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$862.58

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.20%
Strathmill

From Duncan Taylor's Octave range comes a 22 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, which has been treated to a finishing period in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1992 and bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$119.31

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 - (Gordon and Macphail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe,…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 - (Gordon and Macphail)
$3287.48

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$246.22

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 3406) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

18 year old Mortlach, bottled for the Coppers Choice range. This classic Speyside distillery is known for their rather powerful, meaty expressions, perfect for enjoying as a digestif. This one was…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 3406) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.54

William Grant and Sons Distillers The Values Edition

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This is a rare bottling of Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky presented by William grant & Sons to their staff, with a label that lists the value which they believe contributed to the company's…  More info

William Grant and Sons Distillers The Values Edition
$785.69

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Mortlach

7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$46.14

Glen Deveron 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

Glen Deveron is distilled at the Macduff distillery in the Eastern Highlands, although independent bottlings are often named Macduff the distillery bottling tend to be labelled Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 15 Year Old
$54.56

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.20%
Linkwood

26 year old 1989 vintage ex-Sherry cask matured Linkwood bottled by WM Cadenhead in 2015! 324 bottles were produced as part of their Small Batch range.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (WM Cadenhead)
$151.49

Glenallachie 14 Year Old 2000 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 57.30%
Glenallachie

14 year old Glenacclachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Chivas Brothers for their Cask Strength Edition range. As you can expect from the name, this whisky was bottled straight from the cask…  More info

Glenallachie 14 Year Old 2000 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)
$56.62

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10695) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is an independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. It was distilled in the autumn of 2006 and bottled in the spring of 2015 -…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10695) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.64

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$43.46

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

70cl, 49.60%
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)
$434.31

Glenfarclas 1979 (bottled 2012) (cask 8791) Family Cask Release X

70cl, 52.20%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1979 and bottled on 27th June 2012, this single malt Glenfarclas comes from a single ex-Sherry hogshead. Part of their tremendous Family Cask releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (bottled 2012) (cask 8791) Family Cask Release X
$351.05

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1994 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 51.50%
Miltonduff

A Small Batch release of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the chaps at WM Cadenhead! This was distilled at Miltonduff (listed as Miltonduff-Glenlivet by Cadenhead on the…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1994 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$69.38

Tamdhu 22 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56%
Tamdhu

An independently bottled Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1991 and matured in bourbon hogsheads until 2014, when it was…  More info

Tamdhu 22 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$109.72

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 (outturn 94 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

Just 94 bottles of this 7 year old Inchgower, matured in a single quarter cask, have been produced. You can see from the colour alone how the smaller cask has led to increased interaction even in a…  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 (outturn 94 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.57

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2458) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.20%
Glenfarclas

Part of the Spring 2015 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1969 vintage single malt Scotch whisky that has been matured in a single refill butt cask until December 2014. It was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2458) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1019.42

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9864) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

This is a Douglas Laing Provenance bottling of Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill hogshead for 10 years. It was distilled in the autumn of 2002 and bottled in the…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9864) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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$47.41

BenRiach 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 8687) - Oloroso Sherry Finish

70cl, 56.10%
BenRiach

A 1999 vintage BenRiach, released as part of their 12th batch of single cask bottlings. This was matured for 15 years and enjoyed a finishing period in an Oloroso Sherry puncheon before being bottled…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 8687) - Oloroso Sherry Finish
$89.40

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 746) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.20%
Glenfarclas

From the Spring 2015 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in December 2014 at 46.2% ABV, with a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 746) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$424.33

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