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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.

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 1407 & 1408) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.90%
Glentauchers

This was distilled at the Glentauchers distillery in 1996. It was then aged for 19 years in a bourbon cask before bottling in late 2105 for the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory.  More info

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 1407 & 1408) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$83.71

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900699) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.70%
Glenallachie

6 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery in Speyside, bottled by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in June 2008 and matured in a single cask until November 2014, when it…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900699) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$56.72

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A one litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, thought to date from the 1970s, confusingly labelled as 'pure malt'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1970s
$198.41

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166953) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59%
The Glenlivet

A well Sherried Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a single Sherry butt. It was distilled in October 1995 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory as part of their very popular…  More info

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166953) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$135.29

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 by the folks at Wemyss. They've given this ace Speysider the title 'Flambé Fruit' as a hint to the…  More info

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)
$87.79

Linkwood 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1827) - The Maltman

70cl, 48.70%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery - not every day you see some of this! In April 1989 this whisky was filled into cask #1827, a bourbon…  More info

Linkwood 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1827) - The Maltman

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

70cl, 49.60%
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)
$82.99

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
$55.06

Glenfarclas 1968 Family Cask - 'My Tribute'

70cl, 54.40%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas' superb 'My Tribute' is a special commemorative 1968 bottling from the Family Casks series. It was aged for 44 years before bottling and comes with a smart, handmade presentation case, a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1968 Family Cask - 'My Tribute'
$2165.92

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 10818) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This right here is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured for 19 years in a single refill hogshead. In December 1994, the Longmorn distillery in Speyside…  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 10818) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.72

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 191954) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 53.70%
Longmorn

Bottled in August 2015 this Longmorn single malt was matured in a single hogshead for 24 years (very nearly 25, having been filled in September 1990). This is a distillery that has many 'in the know'…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 191954) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$104.45

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old
3
$47.66

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 47.70%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Lady of the Glen bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Braeval distillery, known as the Braes of Glenlivet distillery until 1994, when they changed their name. In fact, this…  More info

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$114.84

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

50cl, 52.50%
Mortlach

Run for your lives, it's the Beast of Dufftown!!! Fortunately (despite the terrifying creature adorning the label of this first batch of Boutique-y Mortlach) it's actually the whisky itself that's…  More info

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

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2451) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 51.20%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill, bottled by the brilliant Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. This Speyside single malt was distilled all the way back in 1991 and left to mature for 22 years before being bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2451) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$91.03

Allt-á-Bhainne 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.40%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A rather well-matured Allt-á-Bhainne, presented as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find series. This was distilled in April 1990 and left to mature until June 2015 (a whole quarter of a century), when it…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$109.12

Glendullan 23 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 63.10%
Glendullan

Distilled at Glendullan in 1974 and aged for 23 years before being bottled at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glendullan 23 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

Glenlossie 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 827 + 828) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

An 18 year old Glenlossie single malt, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks and bottled for the excellent Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in February 1997 and left to age until February…  More info

Glenlossie 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 827 + 828) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$49.88

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old - Family Collector Series III

70cl, 41.10%
Glenfarclas

This third release marks the halfway point in Glenfarclas' stunning Family Collector Series. A 50 year old matured in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, 937 bottles non-chillfiltered bottles have been produced…  More info

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old - Family Collector Series III
$2039.17

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

This is a 19 year old Glenallachie single malt, drawn from two casks that were filled in October 1996 and cracked open in February 2016. It was bottled by the fine folks at Signatory, a fantastic…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)
1
$39.65

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Tormore

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tormore distillery, bottled back in the 1980s. This was back when they still used the 'Glenlivet' suffix - as did many other distilleries, though this…  More info

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s
2
$132.27

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is Mortlach was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This whisky is bottled at 46%abv without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$87.83

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.10%
BenRiach

29 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released for the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1986, a year after BenRiach increased their number of stills from two to four, and…  More info

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$153.99

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)

70cl, 54.60%
Longmorn

A 25 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery in the Speyside region, matured in bourbon casks from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead with an ABV…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)
$100.50

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Sauternes Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Strictly 1 Per Customer! 15 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, firstly matured in American oak bourbon barrels, and then finished in Sauternes casks from the Bordeaux region. This…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Sauternes Cask Finish)
2
$58.62

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