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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.

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.40%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1988, matured in a single refill Sherry hogsheads and bottled on 2nd December 2014, this Glenfarclas is part of the distillery's Spring 2015 Family Cask Releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$296.63

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
13

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$630.99

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.10%
The Glenlivet

Well-aged whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature for 34 years, before Signatory cracked the cask open and…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$324.74

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

In honour of 125 years of whisky production, Glenfiddich released this limited edition single malt Scotch whisky in 2012. For this expression, the chaps at Glenfiddich have used a combination of…  More info

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
5
$161.79

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1964 (bottled 1989)

75cl, 43%
Aberlour

A rare old 75cl bottling of 25 year old Speyside single malt from Aberlour distillery, bottled back in 1989. It comes complete with a wooden presentation box and key. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1964 (bottled 1989)
$1026.76

Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 56.50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A Gleann Mór independent bottling of 23 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at 56.5% ABV. 213 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 2

70cl, 50.60%
Balvenie

The stunning second batch of Balvenie's Tun 1401, named after the favourite marrying tun of Balvenie's malt master, David Stewart. This is made using sherry and bourbon wood aged whiskies from the…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 2
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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
$648.42

Aultmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An 18 year old Aultmore launched in 2015 as part of John Dewar & Sons' Last Great Malts ranges.  More info

Aultmore 18 Year Old
1
$111.93

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, aged in a single Sherry butt for 9 years. It was distilled in March 2007 and bottled in March 2016 by…  More info

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

Single malt from the Royal Brackla distillery, independently bottled by the excellent chaps at Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled in 1998 and aged until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV for…  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.40%
Glen Grant

Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon hogshead for 25 years! Top stuff from the renowned distillery in Speyside, which has been bottled as part of the Highland Laird range by…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Wedgwood Decanter

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 21 year old from Glenfiddich, released to celebrate a century of distillations at the distillery, presented in a Wedgwood decanter. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Wedgwood Decanter
12
$513.32

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Havana Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A very rare bottling of 21 year old Glenfiddich, which was finished in Cuban rum casks! A great piece for collectors. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Havana Reserve
$356.61

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage 2012

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The guys at Glenfiddich laid down a number of casks in the year 2000 and have bottled a selection of these in 2012 for the travel retail market. This whisky is a richer style of the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage 2012
$151.25

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

From the rather excellent Speymalt series from Gordon & MacPhail comes a 1974 vintage Macallan single malt malt, which was bottled in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.60%
Glendullan

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glendullan, one of the number of distilleries in Dufftown. This was distilled back in 1996 and aged in bourbon hogsheads for 18 years until 2015,…  More info

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.10%
BenRiach

19 year old single malt from a well loved Speyside distillery - BenRiach! This one was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. 558 bottles were produced.  More info

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Millennium Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This is a collectable bottling of 21 year old Glenfiddich single malt, which was released in celebration of the Millennium! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Millennium Reserve
$324.19

Glenfiddich "Clan Sinclair" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky featuring a painting of Sir John Sinclair on the tin. It's thought to date from the 1980s (the bottle of whisky, not the painting). This…  More info

Glenfiddich
$129.70

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, which has been presented with a handsome retro label by Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled by Ardmore in 1996 and…  More info

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

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

50cl, 52%
Longmorn

This right here is the first batch of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky which has been independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! On the label you get a peek at the inside of the…  More info

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

The Glenlivet Alpha

70cl, 50%
The Glenlivet

Here, we have something unique. A limited release of 3,350 bottles (only 600 in the UK!) of pure mystery and intrigue. The label says "from The Glenlivet Distillery", and on release that's all…  More info

The Glenlivet Alpha
8
$308.03

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Rarely seen as a single malt, this independent bottling of Balmenach comes from Douglas Laing. Distilled in November 2005, it spent 10 years in a single refill hogshead before being bottled in May…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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