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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.

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from 1998 to 2016. This comes to us via The First Editions range, which has received a design…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$80.79

Glenfarclas 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 5691) Family Cask

70cl, 53.8%
Glenfarclas

A single cask bottling of 22 year old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in June 1991 and bottled in March 2014 - this particular cask was selected by The Whisky Shop Dufftown folks!  More info

Glenfarclas 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 5691) Family Cask
$258.59

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

70cl, 48.1%
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)
$323.55

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Inchgower

Matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, this Inchgower was distilled in October 1989 and bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 294 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$98.68

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This is an independent bottling of single malt distilled by Glen Spey in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A yummy indie Speyside aged in bourbon barrels until…  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.92

Longmorn 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11070) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Longmorn

A rather interesting indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a new wood hogshead! It was distilled in October 1997 and bottled in February 2016 by Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Longmorn 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11070) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$78.71

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

This is the second release of 37 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glen Grant in 1973 and bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
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$479.20

Braes o' Glenlivet - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.2%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A marvellous Braes o' Glenlivet from That Boutique-y Whisky Company... Batch 1 features a graphic-novel-style illustration of Master of Malt's triumvirate: Ben, Tom and Justin, driving up to visit…  More info

Braes o' Glenlivet - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Tamdhu

An indie bottling of Tamdhu - we don't see nearly enough of these! This one was matured in a refill hogshead from August 1998 to 2016, before being bottled at 18 years old by Langside for the…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$81.47

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An bottling of 10 year old single malt from the highly-regarded Macallan distillery in Speyside, which we believe to have been released in the 1990s. A handsome collectable bottle for a Macallan…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s
$233.62

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

50cl, 48.2%
BenRiach

The BenRiach distillery was moth-balled at the start of the 21st century and re-opened in 2004. The distillery tends to sell only to small or independent distributors, in keeping with the spirit of…  More info

BenRiach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Aultmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.4%
Aultmore

Aultmore is Gaelic for 'Big Burn' and is a popular blending whisky, however it also makes for a great single malt and 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company' snapped up some for this delicious…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.7%
Dailuaine

A 24 year old Dailuaine, which has been allowed to age in a single bourbon barrel from March 1992 to May 2016. It was independently bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of the Celebration of the Cask range,…  More info

Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$126.24

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Dark spice and strawberries abound this 15 year old from the Linkwood distillery.  More info

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Tomintoul - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%
Tomintoul

Ah! Another single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company with a cocktail recipe on the label! This time, the recipe comes from the truly excellent, award winning Bramble Bar in Edinburgh, courtesy…  More info

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

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish

70cl, 44.5%
Glenglassaugh

Aged for over four decades, this Glenglassaugh single malt is certainly well matured. It sits at 41 years of age, including a finishing period in a Sherry puncheon from the Massandra winery, which…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish
$571.13

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

50cl, 48.9%
Benrinnes

This is 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company's' first Benrinnes. This indomitable distillery has suffered floods, fires and bankruptcy yet has soldiered on and still producers fine malt whisky to this…  More info

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

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.3%
Glenfarclas

Another incredible Family Cask release from Glenfarclas' enviable inventory and Single Cask Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016! Just 159 bottles were produced from the ex-Sherry…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$4,148.91

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.8%
Tormore

A 1999 vintage Tormore single malt matured in three first fill bourbon barrels (4737, 4739 and 4740) and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Cask Strength range.  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%
Balmenach

An independently bottled Balmenach single malt, aged for 27 years in a single hogshead cask. Said hoggie was filled in October 1988 and opened in 2016 by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 55.8%
Ardmore

This is an independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from May 2000 to September 2015. It has been bottled at 55.8% ABV with an outturn of 223 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$80.93

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.3%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of single cask Glen Moray selected for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Single Range, all of which come presented with these handsome leather and hardwood cases.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Strathisla 1957 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and distilled in 1957 at the Strathisla distillery, the distillery is known for its rich, fruity style of Speyside whisky.  More info

Strathisla 1957 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11205) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask single malt from the Braeval distillery, bottle by the fantastic Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1997 and set aside to mature in a single…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11205) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$76.19

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 9416) (Adelphi)

70cl, 53.4%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt, distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 by Adelphi. 190 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 9416) (Adelphi)
$130.83

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