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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.

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s 43%

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling at 43% from Glenfiddich's Clans of the Highlands range. This one is dedicated to Clandy Murray's family... Alright it's actually Sir Mungo Jerry Murray, son of the 2nd Earl of Atholl…  More info

Glenfiddich
$132.27

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (bottled 2016) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.30%
The Macallan

25 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky - yum! This was distilled by Macallan in May 1990 and allowed to matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, until January 2016. It…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (bottled 2016) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$680.22

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood single malt, released for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection by Signatory. This 16 year old whisky was distilled in May 1999 and bottled in February 2016, being drawn from…  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.08

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An independent bottling of 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two hogshead casks. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 725 bottles, presented by…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
1
$41.70

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 65) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 58.20%
The Speyside

Single cask single malt here from the Speyside distillery (in Speyside, obviously), which slumbered in a hogshead cask for 22 years. It was distilled in April 1994 and bottled in May 2016 at 58.2%…  More info

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 65) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$106.52

Craigellachie 10 Year Old 2003 (Cask 10180) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance series, which celebrates the seasons of whisky making. This tasty expression is…  More info

Craigellachie 10 Year Old 2003 (Cask 10180) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.46

The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A rare, well aged whisky from The Macallan Fine Oak Range. This 30 year old Speyside was matured in a mix of specially selected European and American oak casks.  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak
8
$1538.68

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.20%
Glen Elgin

A Signatory bottling of Glen Elgin single malt matured for almost 25 years in a single bourbon barrel. Distilled on 29th November 1990 and bottled on 3rd November 2015, the outturn at natural cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$111.11

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 7180 & 7184) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Dailuaine single malt matured in two hogshead casks for 18 years from May 1997 to January 2016 and bottled by Signatory Vintage.  More info

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 7180 & 7184) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$44.96

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A 1967 vintage(!) Tomintoul from Italian bottler Samaroli. Just 176 bottles were produced.  More info

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli
$423.05

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.10%
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
$254.34

Tomintoul 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tomintoul

This 25 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the distillery's range in the first half of 2015. An exciting release for Tomintoul, a distillery which has resided in Speyside…  More info

Tomintoul 25 Year Old
2
$198.01

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

This is 2006 edition of the popular Benromach Peat Smoke, which this time was peated to 62PPM, just a touch lower than the previous year's offering. It was matured from 2006 to 2015 in first fill…  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2015)
3
$41.70

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)
$251.76

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.10%
Benrinnes

Independently bottled Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled in September 1991 and bottled in February 2015 with an outturn of 247 bottles by…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$123.69

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

This is a Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 2008. After maturing in two casks for 7 years, the whisky was bottled by Càrn Mòr in 2015 with an…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$40.08

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.50%
Mortlach

Mighty Mortlach, and a 24 year old at that! Here we have this Speysider at natural cask strength, filled into a single cask on 14th May 1991 and disgorged on 2nd December 2015, yielding 587 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$154.32

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 182 & 183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

The 'Beast of Dufftown', bottled without chill-filtration! This is an indie bottling of 19 year old Mortlach single malt, drawn from two hogsheads laid down in July 1996 and cracked open in February…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 182 & 183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$58.25

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.80%
Miltonduff

An intriguing bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from Miltonduff here, distilled in their Lomond stills (which weren't used for all that long). This was distilled in November 1979 and aged in a…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$307.63

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 79229) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the much-adored Glenlivet distillery. The whisky was distilled in May 1996 and left to aged in a first-fill Sherry butt until…  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 79229) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$58.60

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.20%
Longmorn

From WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range comes a 1990 vintage Longmorn single malt, matured for 24 years in bourbon barrels. It was distilled by Longmorn in Speyside in 1990 and eventually bottled in…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$87.79

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)
$93.63

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$72.47

SPEY Chairman’s Choice

70cl, 40%
The Speyside

A handsome presentation of the SPEY Chairman's Choice single malt Scotch whisky. It comes from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh, who bought the distillery in 2012. The…  More info

SPEY Chairman’s Choice
2
$65.70

Glenisla 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 19603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 43.30%
Glen Keith

Glenisla 36 year old single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Glenisla is an experimental peated malt from the Glen Keith distillery, who are known more for…  More info

Glenisla 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 19603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$327.37

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