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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.

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Tormore

As we entered the final decade of the 1900s, Tormore filled casks 1590 with their whisky to mature. From January 1990 to March 2014 that whisky aged in the cask, until it was bottled by Duncan Taylor…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11205) - the Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

Single malt Scotch whisky from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a single cask for 20 years. This tasty treat was distilled in February 1995 and left to age in a…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11205) - the Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.84

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

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Ah yes, another Glenfiddich Clans of the Highlands bottlings from the 1980s! This one honours the Clan Kennedy on its presentation tin. Very collectible.  More info

Glenfiddich
$124.79

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.2%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of single malt from the Longmorn distillery, matured in a refill hogshead for three decades! Yes, this is a 30 year old Longmorn, distilled back in October 1985 (long before…  More info

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$296.24

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This is an antique bottling of Glenfiddich "Pure Malt", which would be listed as single malt in this day of age. We think that this one was produced in the 1990s.  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1990s
$99.83

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A cool collectible from years gone by - this bottling of Glenfiddich was released as part of their Clans of the Highlands series, each of which celebrating a different Scottish clan on the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$99.83

Darkness! Aultmore 16 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 53.6%
Aultmore

Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky which, like all the other Darkness! releases, has spent 3 months in specially coopered, 50 litre, first-fill Sherry casks (for this one, Oloroso casks were used).…  More info

Darkness! Aultmore 16 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88199, 88200 & 88207) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Independently bottled Glen Grant single malt, aged for 21 years and drawn from a trio of bourbon barrels. It was distilled in May 1995 and bottled in May 2016 by the superb Signatory.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88199, 88200 & 88207) (Signatory)
$44.51

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.79

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

A 1998 vintage Royal Brackla single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in refill bourbon barrels from 1998 to 2014, when it was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$51.95

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve is on the higher end of their Travel Retail range, made with well-matured single malt, most of which was aged in Spanish oak casks. An excellent expression,…  More info

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
$138.82

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9164) - The Cooper's Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This rich ruby coloured single malt was initially matured in American oak before a finishing period in a single Port pipe. The outturn was 360 bottles.  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9164) - The Cooper's Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Benromach 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hermitage Wood Finish

70cl, 47%
Benromach

This is the 2007 vintage Benromach single malt Scotch whisky which has been initially matured in bourbon barrels for 6 years, before being transferred over to casks which previously held wine from…  More info

Benromach 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hermitage Wood Finish
$41.59

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5932 & 5936) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This is a 1995 vintage Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky matured for over 21 years in two casks before being bottled by Signatory.  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5932 & 5936) (Signatory)
1
$48.15

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 15963) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

A single cask Glenrothes single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled in October 1997 and aged for 19 years in a refill Sherry butt until…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 15963) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$51.62

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s

100cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 1980s bottling of classic Glenlivet 12 Year Old - especially attractive now as The Glenlivet 12 was replaced by Founder's Reserve in markets such as the UK in March 2015.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s
$187.18

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1398) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.8%
Glentauchers

18 year old Glntauchers single malt, aged in a bourbon barrel which was laid down in February 1996 and cracked open in January 2015. 185 bottles were produced, independently bottled by Signatory for…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1398) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$75.07

Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%
The Macallan

A fifth batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, only this time with an age statement! This is part of the April 2016 relaunch that will see all new Boutique-y bottlings…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
6
$517.81

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7207 & 7208) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Another addition to Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection here - a 19 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of hogshead casks. This whisky was distilled in May 1997 and…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 7207 & 7208) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$44.45

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 193 & 194) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown, bottled without chill-filtration! This is a 20 year old Mortlach single malt, distilled in July 1996 and matured in a pair of hogshead casks until November 2016, when it was…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 193 & 194) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$54.96

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

From the Distiller's Art range comes a 15 year old Langside single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill butt. It was distilled by Longmorn in November 1999 and bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$66.37

Glenfiddich Select Cask

100cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Launched for the travel retail market, Glenfiddich Select Cask is comprised of whisky from... Well, from select casks. These whiskies are then married together in a Solera vat, resulting in a rich…  More info

Glenfiddich Select Cask
15
$41.25

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1603) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 52.9%
Glenfarclas

A 1981 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a plain butt cask until July 2014. It was then bottled with an outturn of 529 bottles and released as part of the Family Cask 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1603) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$771.54

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.2%
Glen Keith

23 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were filled in October 1992 and cracked open in March 2016. This was bottled by Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.8%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

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