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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.

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)

Tamnavulin 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.60%
Tamnavulin

An independent bottling of 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamnavulin distillery. You don't get to see much Tamnavulin these days, so these bottling are always a treat. The whisky used…  More info

Tamnavulin 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0814D

70cl, 55.70%
The Glenlivet

Another Nàdurra here from Glenlivet! This one, Batch 0814D, was matured in bourbon casks and has been bottled at cask strength, with no chill-filtration or additional colours, which is this whole…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0814D
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$64.80

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
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$49.53

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Independent bottled single malt from the closed Imperial distillery, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled in September 1995 (a few years before Imperial closed its door for the last time) and…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

Independently bottled Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age for 6 years in a single Sherry puncheon from 2010 to 2016. This has been bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

1967 vintage Macallan, anyone? Now that we have your attention, here is a 1967 vintage Macallan! Bottled under Gordon & Macphail's Speymalt label in 2016, this is an extraordinarily aged single malt…  More info

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6481 & 6484) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory independent bottling of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a pair of hogshead casks. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in April 2016 at 43% ABV.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6481 & 6484) (Signatory)

Longmorn 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

Released to replace the 15 year old, part of a relaunch of Longmorn, promoting the brand as a super premium single malt maker. This is a superb 16 year old, recommended.  More info

Longmorn 16 Year Old
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$86.25

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 188 & 189) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

19 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky drawn from a pair of hogshead casks, bottled as part of the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in July…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 188 & 189) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Glen Grant 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 67101) (Adelphi)

70cl, 55.70%
Glen Grant

261 bottles of this Glen Grant malt whisky were produced after 19 year maturing in a single cask. They were bottled by Adelphi at 55.7% abv.  More info

Glen Grant 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 67101) (Adelphi)
$115.44

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 12844) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.30%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask. This Gleann Mór bottling features whisky distilled by Mortlach in March 1996 and set aside to mature for 18…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 12844) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood single malt, released for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection by Signatory. This 16 year old whisky was distilled in May 1999 and bottled in February 2016, being drawn from…  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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)

Glen Grant 1968 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

A 1968 vintage Glen Grant single malt, independently bottled in 2015 by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail. This would make for a great gift for the Glen Grant enthusiast born in 1968...  More info

Glen Grant 1968 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 3170) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.30%
Glenglassaugh

A stunning 39 year old single malt from Glenglassaugh, a distillery that was of course closed from 1985 through to 2005. Finished in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry hogshead, just 205 bottles were filled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 3170) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
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$625.96

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
11
$42.88

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.60%
Glen Spey

23 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single hogshead cask which housed the whisky for over two decades. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by the chaps at Berry Brothers and Rudd. This 14 year old single malt was distilled back in 1999 and set aside to age in…  More info

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$53.65

Balvenie 17 Year Old Peated Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This cracking peated cask Balvenie was released in 2010. It was aged traditionally to begin with, before a finish in casks that previously held peated whisky. The result is well balanced and not…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old Peated Cask
10
$162.07

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Part of a range of three collectible Glenfiddich ceramic decanters released in the late 1970s, this one features Mary Queen of Scots. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$259.39

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.10%
Glen Grant

A 16 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest independent bottlers in Scotland. 504 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46.80%
The Glenlivet

A 40 year old Glenlivet that spent its final 48 months in a Sherry cask before being bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2015.  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$603.42

Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A 1997 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, released by stalwart independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail for their Speymalt selection. The range features numerous vintages of Macallan's top…  More info

Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Macallan 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1232) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 54.70%
The Macallan

A 25 year old single cask Macallan bottled for the fifth set of releases in Maison du Whisky's Artist collection.  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1232) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$298.82

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