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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.

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12240) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.8%
Tormore

27 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill butt cask from 1988 to 2016. Following that maturation, this whisky was bottled at cask strength by Hunter Laing for their First…  More info

Tormore  27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12240) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$118.08

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11064) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This delicious 7 year old Aultmore single malt has been matured in a Sherry butt before being independently bottled by the fantastic folks at Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled…  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11064) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

BenRiach 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 5043) - Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl, 56.4%
BenRiach

Presented as part of BenRiach's 13th batch of single cask bottling, this is a 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky which was finished in Oloroso Sherry puncheon #5043. It was distilled in July 1999…  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 5043) - Oloroso Cask Finish
$83.22

BenRiach 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 6401) - Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

70cl, 57.3%
BenRiach

This is an 18 year old triple distilled BenRiach single malt, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. It was distilled in May 1998 and bottled in June 2016 after enjoying a…  More info

BenRiach 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 6401) - Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
$116.41

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
$213.61

Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A great 10 year old from Balvenie. Founder's Reserve is Whisky Magazine Recommended, Michael Jackson suggests this might be the most "honeyish of Speyside malts". This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 Year Old
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Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

Aged in two consecutive hogsheads until February 2016, this is an independent bottling of Benrinnes single malt.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)
$42.11

Mannochmore 37 Year Old 1977 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 49.4%
Mannochmore

An independent bottling of some incredibly well-aged Mannochmore single malt right here, folks. This was distilled in 1977 (Mannochmore only opened in 1971!) and was bottled 37 years later in 2015 by…  More info

Mannochmore 37 Year Old 1977 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$204.97

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 1574) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.1%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1994 and aged in a refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was bottled as part of their Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. Only 583 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 1574) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$253.68

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.5%
Dailuaine

Released as part of Douglas Laing's Single Minded, this is a single cask Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which matured the whisky for 7 long years.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$32.75

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This Longmorn from 2002 was distilled a year after Pernod Ricard took over the distillery. Matured for 11 years in a sherry finished hogshead (cask 10029), it was then bottled by Hunter Laing for the…  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s
$113.26

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 43%
Mortlach

A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
$27.69

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled at the turn of the century, in the year 2000, and bottled at 46% ABV in 2014.  More info

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$40.26

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Matured in two hogsheads, this Mortlach was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory.  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$58.13

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 14385) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

A top notch single cask from a top notch distillery by a top notch bottler! This Longmorn spent 24 years in cask 14385 before being bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 14385) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$134.98

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53%
The Glenlivet

Strictly 1 Per Customer! From the Berry Brothers & Rudd Exceptional Casks range, which was introduced in the latter half of 2014, comes a very well aged Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, taken…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

7 year old single malt from the Inchgower distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range.  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$34.03

Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

Only 1,920 bottles of this single malt were released for the UK market. This Balvenie offering was matured for 17 years in casks which previously held Jamaican rum. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask
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Balvenie Founders Reserve - Cognac Bottle

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

The incredibly rare and super collectible Balvenie Founders Reserve, packaged in the iconic Cognac bottle. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Balvenie Founders Reserve - Cognac Bottle

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10878) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.7%
The Macallan

Single cask Macallan bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular range. This was distilled in May 1990 and left to mature in a refill hogshead for 25 years, until August 2015. Following…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10878) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$465.40

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.1%
Speyside

An 18 year old single cask single malt from the Speyside distillery, drawn from a Sherry butt and bottled by us! This was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in March 2016, with no chill-filtration or…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$66.02

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 5246 & 5247) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

A Signatory bottling of single malt from the Glenallachie distillery in the Speyside region, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in October 1996 and cracked open in March 2016,…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 5246 & 5247) (Signatory)
$37.73

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%
Balmenach

Released as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 17 year old Balmenach single malt which was drawn from a single cask! Said cask was filled in December…  More info

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$61.98

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