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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 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)
$102.04

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
$2,586.72

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)
$82.27

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
$120.26

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.8%
Imperial

Whisky from a closed distillery, independently bottled by Signatory! This comes from the Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$84.20

Tormore 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 5690 & 5691) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53%
Tormore

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 23 years in a pair of bourbon barrels. This was distilled back in April 1992 and bottled by Signatory in June…  More info

Tormore 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 5690 & 5691) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$82.27

The Macallan 37 Year Old 1937 (bottled 1974) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Yes, you read that correctly. This Macallan single malt Scotch whisky was distilled all the way back in 1937, before World War II, aged in Sherry oak and originally bottled 37 years later in 1974. It…  More info

The Macallan 37 Year Old 1937 (bottled 1974) - Fine & Rare
$24,877.99

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

A single malt whisky that was distilled in May 2008 at Aberlour distillery, in Aberlour, in Speyside, in Scotland. It spent 8 years maturing in a single refill barrel before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12308) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenallachie

A 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel from 1992 to 2016. 125 bottles were produced for The First Editions range by Hunter…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12308) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$97.26

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$434.57

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 49.6%
Glenfarclas

A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2,587.87

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.8%
Ardmore

Something very interesting here - a 10 year old peated Speysider! This Ardmore single malt was distilled 16th March 2006 and emerged from a single barrel on 11th May 2016. The outturn was 182 litres.  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$77.71

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8

70cl, 50.2%
Balvenie

Ah, marrying tun 1401. This is where David Stewart weaves some of his finest magic, selecting only the very best casks The Balvenie has to offer to produce some of their rarest and finest…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8
2
$518.32

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 001

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve. This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels and refill casks and sherry butts.…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 001
12
$207.29

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$40.04

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$50.76

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were filled in June 1995 and bottled in September 2016 at 43% ABV. Signatory are the chaps to thank for…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory
$49.93

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A Rest & Be Thankful bottling of 15 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled in March 2016 at 40% ABV. Only 119 bottles of this were produced.  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)
$144.53

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%
Strathmill

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled back in March 1990 and set aside to slumber in a…  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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)
$202.63

Glenlossie 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 3452) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.3%
Glenlossie

A Signatory bottling of 23 year old Glenlossie single malt, aged in a single hogshead from November 1992 to June 2016. After it was matured, it was bottled for the Cask Strength Collection and…  More info

Glenlossie 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 3452) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$89.74

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

A 1980s bottling of 12 year old Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, presented in its distinctivly stout, square(-ish) bottle.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s
$186.62

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.5%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$769.56

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 40.2%
The Glenlivet

42 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, aged in bourbon hogsheads from 1973 to 2015. A release of 630 bottles, which were bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$285.71

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The 1994 vintage 21 year old Master Reserve expression from the wonderful Knockando distillery which lies near the River Spey. A gorgeous single malt matured in bourbon and Sherry casks, with loads…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve
$71.18

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