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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 Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A rather rare 1970s bottle from the Dufftown distillery, which states itself to be "the House of Bell's" on both the label and the presentation box. Certainly the distillery was owned by Arthur Bell…  More info

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s
$291.81

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

50cl, 54.70%
Linkwood

It's the second batch of Linkwood bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! That chap on the label is fixing Trigger's broom, which he got a medal for - he's been using the same broom for 20 years.…  More info

Linkwood - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$124.23

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A 1967 Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled in 2015, presented with a delightfully retro label, which is rather apt considering the…  More info

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$617.06

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is an independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery (known colloquially to some as the Beast of Dufftown). It was distilled back in 2008 and left to…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.21

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old
31
$143.74

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

This is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Linkwood in 1997, and left to age in bourbon casks for 18 years, until 2015. It was then bottled by WM Cadenhead, a long-running independent whisky…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Longmorn 1983 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, this is a 1983 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky which has been presented in a tastefully retro bottle. It was distilled back in 1983 and left to mature in oak…  More info

Longmorn 1983 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$250.77

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the spectacular Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of casks. It was distilled in September 2002 and bottled on the 1st of April 2016.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

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

50cl, 48.20%
Strathmill

Batch 1 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Strathhmill single malt features one of the most notorious cat burglars around, Goldilocks. Look at her! She's slipped into the Strathmill distillery and…  More info

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

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10772) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Longmorn

For 20 years, this Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky matured in a refill hogshead, developing notes of honey, cooking spice and herbaceous elements. It was distilled in December 1994 and bottled in…  More info

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10772) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Balvenie 17 Year Old Islay Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This right here is a rather rare bottle of Balvenie's 17 Year Old Islay Cask! This expression featured whisky which was matured for at least 17 years and then transferred over to casks which…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old Islay Cask
$324.19

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Port-cask-finished Benrinnes single malt, bottled at 18 years old by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coppers Choice range. It was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV, with a…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$79.05

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.50%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Tomintoul 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11217) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.10%
Tomintoul

This is an independently bottled Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 25 years. It was distilled in August 1989 and bottled in February 2015 by Hunter…  More info

Tomintoul 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11217) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glen Keith - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 44%
Glen Keith

Batch 2 of Glen Keith single malt, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, has strutted on in here like it owns the place. Funnily enough, that's exactly what the chaps from Edinburgh Whisky Blog…  More info

Glen Keith - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

From a series of collectible flagons by Glenfiddich, comes this handsome piece, celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, who ascended to the throne when she was six days old, following the death of her…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - 1980s
$194.54

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A 7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in a European oak quarter cask! It was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age for 7 years, until it was bottled in 2015 by the…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.17

Benrinnes 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A single cask Benrinnes single malt, distilled in 2008. It was bottled in 2016 at 7 years old by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range, with 325 bottles produced.  More info

Benrinnes 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 25 year old from The Glenlivet, finished in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)
28
$214.53

Glentauchers 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 3854) - The Maltman

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

A cracking 15 year old from seldom-seen distillery Glentauchers, 298 bottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info

Glentauchers 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 3854) - The Maltman
$71.68

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.90%
Aultmore

Grab yourself a slice of Aultmore action with this WM Cadenhead independent bottling. The Aultmore distillery placed this single malt in bourbon hogsheads in 1997 and left them to age. 17 years…  More info

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.70%
Glenrothes

A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay. This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them…  More info

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$895.54

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1151 & 1153) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

This is an independent bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in October 1995 and cracked open in May…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1151 & 1153) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

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

50cl, 48.80%
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)
7
$538.18

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 1 litre bottling of 20 year old Glen Deveron single malt Scotch whisky, originally released for the Travel Retail market. 'Glen Deveron' is the name used by the Macduff distillery for their…  More info

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection
10
$86.45

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