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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.

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 19009) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.10%
Glenrothes

Single cask Glenrothes, aged for 24 years in a hogshead cask. It was distilled all the way back in September 1990 and bottled in March 2015, with an outturn of 261 bottles. This has been presented as…  More info

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 19009) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$105.67

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.70%
Glenrothes

An independent bottling of what looks to be a rather well-Sherried Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1990 and set aside to mature in Sherry butt casks until 2015, when it was…  More info

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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$100.64

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

A single cask bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt from 2004 to 2015. It was bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside. 341 bottles were…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.70

Glenfiddich "Clan Macpherson" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Ooh, another one of those Glenfiddich Clans Of The Highlands bottlings! These are rather popular indeed among whisky collectors. This one comes from the 1980s and features a presentation tin…  More info

Glenfiddich
$145.03

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6801) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1

70cl, 52.10%
Glenglassaugh

40 year old, single cask single malt from the Glenglassaugh Rare Casks Releases - and from the first batch of this new range, no less! Collectible and delectable stuff, this is. It was distilled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6801) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1
$633.23

BenRiach 13 Year Old 1999 Virgin American Oak Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A limited edition BenRiach, distilled in 1999 and matured in ex-bourbon before enjoying some time being finished in virgin American oak casks. You don't see that happening every day, but it has…  More info

BenRiach 13 Year Old 1999 Virgin American Oak Finish
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$61.42

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Miltonduff

A marvellous Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the chaps from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled back in 1984, a few years after Miltonduff's Lomond stills were…  More info

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$222.14

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve from the 1980s. A neat, collectible piece of whisky history - would be interesting trying this along with some Glenfiddich produced more recently to see if anything's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve - 1980s
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$145.03

Macallan 1995 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A 1995 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Speymalt range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2014. A gorgeous range, showing off many vintage of gorgeous Macallan whisky - what a treat!  More info

Macallan 1995 (bottled 2014) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$90.41

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10368) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.20%
Longmorn

This Longmorn spent a particularly long time maturing in a single cask. In fact, it sat in that one refill hogshead from April 1989 to June 2014! A rich, complex single malt Scotch whisky, with notes…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10368) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$171.25

Tamdhu 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10452) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tamdhu

Well, how do you do, Tamdhu? This is an Old Particular bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, matured in but a single refill hogshead for 16 years. It was distilled in June 1998 and bottled by…  More info

Tamdhu 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10452) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$87.76

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9869) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Aultmore

Part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask, a range full of whiskies from well known distilleries that have been picked at their individual tastiest age. For cask 9869, which held whisky from the Speyside…  More info

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9869) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$96.59

Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 17748) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.30%
The Macallan

A Gleann Mór bottling of 24 year old Macallan single malt! Matured in a single cask (cask number #17748, since you asked) from September 1989 to May 2014, this scrumptious Speysider has taken on…  More info

Macallan 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 17748) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$513.65

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 43%
Mortlach

A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
$31.91

Loch Dhu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Mannochmore

Look at how dark this whisky is! That's why it was named "The Black Whisky". Loch Dhu is actually Gaelic for "Black Lake", this was distilled at Mannochmore and has gained a cult status, quite a…  More info

Loch Dhu 10 Year Old
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The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0614

70cl, 60.70%
The Glenlivet

The renowned Glenlivet Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non-chill-filtered single malt Scotch whiskies are usually aged in bourbon casks. However, this rather special offering was matured in…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0614
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$54.94

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10321) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.20%
Mortlach

A Directors' Cut bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1989 and bottled in March 2014. After spending 25 years in hogshead #10321, it has taken on rich, intriguing…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10321) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$286.19

Tomintoul 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 5970)

70cl, 50.50%
Tomintoul

A vintage single cask offering of very well aged Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on the 30th of October 1981 and bottled on the 6th of October 2014. It was matured in a single Sherry…  More info

Tomintoul 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 5970)
$429.20

Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask

70cl, 42.80%
Glenfarclas

Although Glenfarclas primarily use first and second fill sherry casks, occasionally we get to see the results of their glorious spirit being laid down in other types of cask too. Last year saw the…  More info

Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask
$373.90

Aultmore - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.80%
Aultmore

Here's the fifth batch of Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! As ever, the label features a Velociraptor battling a Shark. Why? Because although Aultmore…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Glen Spey 17 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A 17 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, coming to you via WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range. This independently bottled Speysider was distilled back in 1995 and left to age in bourbon…  More info

Glen Spey 17 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$50.06

Speyside 18 Year Old 1995 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Speyside Distillery in Speyside (obviously). This single cask bottling comes from the Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited range. It was distilled in 1995 and aged…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1995 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$80.96

Glenallachie 9 Year Old 2005 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

9 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, matured in a single Sherry butt. It was distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2014 by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. 431…  More info

Glenallachie 9 Year Old 2005 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.18

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.10%
Glen Grant

A rich, tasty Glen Grant distilled in July 1985 and aged in wine-finished barrel for 25 years before bottling in February of 2011 at natural cask strength for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
$260.71

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1976 Peated Hogshead

70cl, 54.90%
BenRiach

This is a peated BenRiach from the distillery's official single cask range. It was distilled in 1976 and aged for 35 years in hogshead number 8804. This is a release of 232 bottles, bottled in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1976 Peated Hogshead
$392.00

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