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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 25 Year Old (cask 5241) - Chapter 7

70cl, 57%
Glen Moray

A 25 year old Glen Moray single malt here, bottled by Swiss indie bottler Chapter 7. This was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, producing 218 bottles of tasty, vanilla-rich deliciousness.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old (cask 5241) - Chapter 7
$166.28

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
17

Glenallachie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.70%
Glenallachie

This is the first bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the label, as always, references something interesting about the distillery. You see,…  More info

Glenallachie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43%
Knockando

An age statement single malt from Knockando that also carries a vintage, as they like to do. This is the 1995 vintage of their 'Slow Matured' 18 year old, matured in Sherry casks.  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured
$64.39

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Craigellachie

20 year old Craigellachie single malt, aged in a single Sherry butt from September 1995 to December 2015. This was then bottled at 51.5% ABV, with 314 bottles produced. Part of Douglas Laing's ace…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$82.21

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
$52.70

Dufftown 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 18583) - Vintage Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 53.60%
Dufftown

Matured in a single ex-bourbon hogshead for 33 years, this single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in November 1982 and bottled in March 2016. 198 bottles were produced at a natural cask strength of…  More info

Dufftown 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 18583) - Vintage Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$203.44

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10825) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

An independently bottled Allt-à-Bhainne single malt, matured in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and left to age in a refill hogshead until August 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10825) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$81.26

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$488.34

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This is 1965 Strathisla bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Strathisla is predominately used in the Chivas Regal blend however the single malt is exceptional if you can find a bottle.  More info

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)
$718.63

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
5
$110.30

The Macallan Oscuro

70cl, 46.50%
The Macallan

A beautiful, extremely limited edition Macallan released for travel retail, Oscuro is made with whisky from 1987 and 1997 and it's sherried and incredibly rich.  More info

The Macallan Oscuro
7
$820.76

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A delicious 18 year old Speyside malt from the Dufftown distillery, the Singleton exudes oodles of creamy, malty flavour, and it's the oldest official Dufftown we've ever tried…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old
2
$59.46

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional…  More info

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask
10
$78.74

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul. This was introduced to their range in 2002, two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old
7
$30.45

Glentauchers 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 6042) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 48.70%
Glentauchers

Independently bottled Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon cask for 22 years. It was distilled in September 1992 and set aside to age until June 2015, when it was bottled by…  More info

Glentauchers 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 6042) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$88.14

Blended Malt #1 - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54%
Balvenie

This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the…  More info

Blended Malt #1 -  Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (as described on the bottle - these days it'd be called "Single Malt"), produced in the 1980s. Rare and collectible. This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s
$131.32

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the "River of Milk" - Allt-à-Bhainne! It was distilled in 2008, aged in a single refill hogshead and eventually bottled by Langside in 2016 for…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.78

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
5
$65.48

SPEY Royal Choice

70cl, 46%
Speyside

In 1815, when Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall, he gave a cask of 'SPEY' whisky to King George III as a gift. The royal connection to SPEY whisky has continued in other ways,…  More info

SPEY Royal Choice
$164.15

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.30%
Glentauchers

A WM Cadenhead Small Batch bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside (which you don't often hear a lot about - though it's always a pleasure when…  More info

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
1
$102.34

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside, aged in a refill hogshead and distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016. This is a release of 397 bottled from the Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$38.65

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
2
$110.93

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old Straight Malt

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

An old and rare bottling of 8 year old Glenfiddich single malt whisky labelled "straight malt" with original presentation box. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old Straight Malt
$705.85

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