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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.

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve

75cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A very rare bottle of 25 year old Glenlivet, bottled in commemoration of Charles and Diana's Royal Wedding in 1981. Incredible handsome and highly collectable. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve
$1,182.02

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenallachie

22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1992 and aged in a refill barrel. In August 2014, the good peoples at Douglas Laing decided it was ready to join the gorgeous…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.28

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 4243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.3%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by Signatory as part of their…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 4243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$221.64

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Benrinnes

A 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one hogshead cask. Said cask was filled in June 1995 and eventually bottled in January 2016 by the chaps from Signatory - a release of 293 bottles.  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenfiddich "Clan Macpherson" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A collectible bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a 'Clans of the Highlands' presentation tin, which honours the Clan Macpherson. We believe this bottle was produced in…  More info

Glenfiddich
$98.68

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.6%
Glenrothes

An independent bottling of 27 year old Glenrothes malt whisky matured in a single cask from June 1988 to September 2015. Part of Gordon & Company's Golden Pearl range of well-aged malt whiskies, it…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)
$390.08

Glenlossie 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

The Glenlossie distillery is situated right next to the Mannochmore Distillery in Speyside and has been open since 1876 with only one major fire in this time, that's pretty good for a whisky…  More info

Glenlossie 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.6%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This is the second batch of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - you may otherwise know the distillery up in Speyside as 'Braes-of-Glenlivet'. Once again,…  More info

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glentauchers 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 1405) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.9%
Glentauchers

A Signatory bottling of 20 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single bourbon barrel! This was distilled back in 1996 and set aside to mature until June 2016, when Signatory…  More info

Glentauchers 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 1405) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$74.21

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Glen Keith

A single cask bottling of 20 year old Glen Keith, distilled in 1996 (a few years before the distillery closed for over a decade) and bottled in 2016 by Langside as part of their Distiller's Art…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$80.63

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

Distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016, this peated Benromach (67ppm) was matured in first fill bourbon barrels and was bottled at 46% abv. Sounds pretty good already, right?  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)
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$35.93

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$589.86

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is a 7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, released by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range, which come presented in handsome decanters! Wouldn't look out of place on the drinks…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

A nice teenage Tamdhu from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 328 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$60.92

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%
The Glenlivet

34 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in November 1981 and set aside to age until the chaps from Signatory came along and bottled it up…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$308.85

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.2%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$770.92

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 65.5%
Glenallachie

8 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 2007, matured in a Sherry butt and bottled in March 2016 by the excellent A.D. Rattray. 657 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$51.15

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.7%
Strathmill

An independently bottled Strathmill, aged in a bourbon barrel for 24 years. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 190 bottles, presented as part of Càrn Mòr's…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$120.14

Benromach Organic

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach Organic is the first Soil Association certified Organic single malt whisky and has enjoyed maturation in new oak, though this is a well-oaked dram, there is plenty of toffee and spice.  More info

Benromach Organic
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$37.29

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old

70cl, 42.3%
Glen Elgin

A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
$769.38

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, well-known around MoM Towers for having loads of lovely berry notes. This was distilled in November 2007, aged in a refill hogshead…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$33.95

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
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$46.24

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1990 (cask 9734) (Adelphi)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

17 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a single cask from 1990 to 2008 before being bottled by Adelphi. A very small outturn for this one - only 64 bottles were…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1990 (cask 9734) (Adelphi)
$167.81

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11187) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

An independent bottling of single cask Glenallachie from Douglas Laing. Glenallachie distillery is located in Aberlour in the Speyside whisky region of Scotland and isn't often seen as a single malt.  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11187) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.43

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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