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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.

Dufftown 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 19495) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56%
Dufftown

Bottled as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this is a single cask 16 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in December 1997 and matured in hogshead #19495 until…  More info

Dufftown 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 19495) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$71.70

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (cask 898) - Chapter 7

70cl, 52.1%
Benrinnes

Indie Benrinnes here from Swiss bottler, Chapter 7, aged in a single bourbon hogshead for 18 years before being bottled with an outturn of 267 bottles.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (cask 898) - Chapter 7
$115.80

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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$48.30

Glentauchers 39 Year Old 1976 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 43.8%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of some incredibly well-aged Glentauchers single malt. This was distilled in 1976 and bottled by WM Cadenhead in 2016 after 39 years of maturation! A Small Batch bottling of only…  More info

Glentauchers 39 Year Old 1976 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$225.03

Cragganmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 425843) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.6%
Cragganmore

A 15 year old single malt from the Cragganmore distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled back in September 2000 and set aside to age until December 2015, when it was bottled as part of…  More info

Cragganmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 425843) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$93.38

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 40.2%
The Glenlivet

42 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, aged in bourbon hogsheads from 1973 to 2015. A release of 630 bottles, which were bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$290.46

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of 6 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Octave range. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 after spending a finishing period in a…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

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
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Glen Grant 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.1%
Glen Grant

A WM Cadenhead bottling of 23 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2016 as part of the Cadenhead Small Batch range. A release of 414 bottles.  More info

Glen Grant 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$89.71

Ginger Glazed Gammon 1998 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie Mortlach here from Wemyss Malts! This was distilled in 1998 and allowed to mature in a single barrel until 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 306 bottles. They've titled this one…  More info

Ginger Glazed Gammon 1998 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)
$87.47

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.2%
Glenfarclas

A 1977 vintage single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of their renowned Family Cask range. This particular bottling was matured in a refill butt cask from 1977 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$436.06

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

A 10 year old from the MacDuff distillery, bottled as Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old
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$33.12

Braeval 1994 (bottled 2015) (cask 165657) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independently bottled Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Samaroli. A sweet though subtly vegetal whisky, which has been beautifully presented indeed.  More info

Braeval 1994 (bottled 2015) (cask 165657) - Samaroli
$153.39

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.2%
Macduff

A terrific Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask #4458. It was distilled back in 1968 and matured for 2 score and 5 years (45 years if you're not Abraham…  More info

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,607.32

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$65.17

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12824) - The First Edition (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.9%
Glen Spey

A single cask bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of the newly redesigned First Editions range. Only 78 bottles were…  More info

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12824) - The First Edition (Hunter Laing)
$111.83

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 51.1%
Glen Keith

This is a Lady of the Glen bottling of 19 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1995 (a few years before the distillery closed in…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$104.33

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54%
Glen Moray

A 20 year old, cask-strength Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Octave range of whiskies aged in smaller "Octave" casks for additional flavour and spice.  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A limited edition Macallan Gold with a special Masters of Photography box featuring work by Ernie Button, who has taken various extraordinary pictures of the dried remains of single malts. Also…  More info

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition
$39.82

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.9%
Tomintoul

This 20 year old Tomintoul was placed in a specially coopered 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask for the final few months (at least six of 'em) of its maturation for greater intensity.  More info

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$100.07

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An old, rare bottling of 18 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1976 and bottled in the 1990s. A handsome collectible for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976
$1,575.70

Glen Elgin 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9043) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

This is an independent bottling of 17 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, which was bottled for the Coopers Choice range. It was finished for an unspecified period of time in a Sherry cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9043) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$67.40

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

A single cask whisky from Hunter Laing, who consciously uncoupled from Douglas Laing back in 2013. Glen Elgin is one of the signature malts of White Horse, but this whisky was allowed to mature for…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714

70cl, 63.1%
The Glenlivet

The latest addition to the excellent Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non chill-filtered whiskies is 'First Fill Selection', a sweet, vanilla-rich virgin American white oak matured version…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714
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$40.74

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.8%
Glenburgie

We love Glenburgie. It tastes like strawberry jam. There's plenty more going on in this tremendous 19 year old single cask bottling of ours though, distilled on 7th June 1995 and bottled 7th April…  More info

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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