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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.

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

A 12 year old Balmenach, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!) with an outturn of 107 bottles.  More info

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask
$73.84

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

A 23 year old single cask Glenlivet distilled on 12th June 1989 and bottled in March 2013 by Montgomerie's. No chill filtration or artificial colouring is used.  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 17 years before being bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV.  More info

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, distilled in May 2007 and bottled in May 2016. Bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration or artificial colouring.  More info

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$51.97

Glen Keith 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 120579 & 120580) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.1%
Glen Keith

24 year old cask strength Glen Keith? Yes please! This is a Signatory bottling of single malt from the Glen Keith distillery drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in October 1992…  More info

Glen Keith 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 120579 & 120580) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their…  More info

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)

70cl, 47.7%
Strathmill

A single cask bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in March 1992 and bottled in July 2014 for the Beinn a'Cheò range by the Scottish Liqueur Centre. Those unfamiliar with…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Longmorn 22 Year Old 1992 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 56.2%
Longmorn

This is a single cask bottling of 22 year old Longmorn single malt, independently bottled by The Whisky Lounge for their Cask Series Five range. This was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014 - 400…  More info

Longmorn 22 Year Old 1992 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$31.53

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
3
$88.80

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1607) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 48.3%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1981 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single 4th fill butt until July 2016. A release of 265 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1607) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$449.77

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

A rather interesting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was distilled in 1986, which was the same year that the distillery closed for the third time during…  More info

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.1%
Glenfarclas

A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$410.74

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Sherry-butt-matured Braeval single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in 1997 and allowed to mature for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled for The First Editions range at cask…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1

70cl, 57.2%
BenRiach

The inaugural release of BenRiach's Cask Strength series! These releases will work much like the popular Glendronach Cask Strengths and are bottled at natural strength.  More info

BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1
1

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6174) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A Signatory bottling of 17 year old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a hogshead cask which was filled in May 1999 and emptied in November 2016. It was bottled as part of the…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6174) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

One of two new Master Distiller's releases from the summer of 2015, originally for travel retail. The Solera Reserve, like the others in the range, is made up of whiskies matured in ex-Sherry casks,…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted
2
$62.02

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.5%
Knockando

A rich, darkly sherried Knockando from the Managers Choice series. This official bottling was distilled in 1996 and aged for 12 years in (presumably first fill!) sherry cask #800790 before bottling…  More info

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice
1

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional…  More info

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask
12
$77.65

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 55.2%
Glenfarclas

A 1959 vintage Glenfarclas family cask! Just look at it - it looks like treacle! Matured in a single ex-Sherry hoggie, it was bottled on 28th November 2014 and released as part of the Spring 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3,080.46

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

70cl, 55.5%
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)

Benromach 1974

70cl, 49.1%
Benromach

Unveiled in mid-2016, this is a very special and well-aged single malt from the Benromach distillery, which was placed into cask #1583 (a Sherry butt) in 1974! It comes presented in a stylish…  More info

Benromach 1974
$1,348.98

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48%
Glenallachie

Indie Glenallachie! This WM Cadenhead bottling of 22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in 1992 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2015, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

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