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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.

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.60%
Glen Keith

Distilled at Glen Keith (not Strathisla as originally believed) on 4th April 1973, Craigduff was an experimental peated malt. Matured for a staggering 40 years in a refill sherry butt, this release…  More info

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$466.43

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

An independently (and snazzily) bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Longmorn distillery, presented by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Distillery Labels series, which sees well-known…  More info

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$66.18

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The elegantly presented 18 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky comes from the Speyside Distillery. It's matured in Sherry casks, giving it a good dose of those sweet, spiced notes which are so…  More info

SPEY 18 Year Old
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$91.27

Dailuaine 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10044) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dailuaine

Lovely Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky! You don't see a lot of their whiskies as single malts as most of it ends up in Johnnie Walker blends. This 15 year old expression matured in a bourbon…  More info

Dailuaine 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10044) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.75

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 1

70cl, 47.10%
Balvenie

After nine batches of their very popular Tun 1401 series, Balvenie decided a bigger marrying tun was needed. Tun 1509 holds four times as much liquid - ample room to marry their whisky together. This…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 1
$487.34

Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A collectible old bottling of Glenfiddich, presented as part of their neat Clans of the Highlands series, which showed off the different clans of Scotland on the presentation tins. This one is the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$146.16

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

The Glenfarclas 105, which is a 10 year old high strength Glenfarclas, is one of the greatest everyday whiskies. If any criticism could be levelled at it, it might be that it doesn't have an enough…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old
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Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8

70cl, 50.20%
Balvenie

Ah, marrying tun 1401. This is where David Stewart weaves some of his finest magic, selecting only the very best casks The Balvenie has to offer to produce some of their rarest and finest…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8
3
$487.40

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail. This particular bottling features whisky distilled by Macduff in the…  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$54.01

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.10%
Glenlossie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, presented as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. You don't often hear much about Glenlossie, so it's always a…  More info

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$85.58

Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old

70cl, 52.50%
Kininvie

The Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old was an exclusive release from William Grant and Sons, produced in celebration of the 105th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts, granddaughter of William Grant. This was the…  More info

Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old
$725.00

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 25756) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.10%
Miltonduff

Just 171 bottles were filled when this rare Mosstowie from Miltonduff was poured out of its single ex-bourbon cask home on 15 May 2015. It had been in there, getting all yummy, since 30th November…  More info

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 25756) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$280.44

Bitter Sweet Barley 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1997 to 2015. It was bottled by the folks at Wemyss Malts - 291 bottles were produced. This release has been given the…  More info

Bitter Sweet Barley 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)
$85.93

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt from Signatory matured in two consecutive hogshead casks. Distilled on 27th September and bottled on 26th November 2015.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)
$46.89

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - late 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - late 1970s
$219.33

Cragganmore 22 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.30%
Cragganmore

Cragganmore distillery lies in the Speyside region, in Ballindalloch to be precise. That's where the spirit that would become this whisky was produced back in 1993, bottled 22 years later in 2015 at…  More info

Cragganmore 22 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$93.73

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 7182) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Single cask Mortlach! Bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration, this is an independent bottling from Signatory Vintage. Filled into the hogshead on 2nd June 1997, it emerged for your delectation…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 7182) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$55.68

Glen Grant 50 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

50 year old single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. At such an audacious age, this ought to be a whisky with bags full of character - and not…  More info

Glen Grant 50 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$734.65

Barrista's Dram 2002 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Craigellachie)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An independently bottled Craigellachie single malt, distilled in 2002, matured in a single butt cask and bottled in 2015 by the folks at Wemyss Malts. They've given it a delicious, descriptive name…  More info

Barrista's Dram 2002 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Craigellachie)
$62.96

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 2125) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 47.30%
Glenglassaugh

A 42(!) year old Glenglassaugh, finished in a single Massandra Madeira puncheon from which just 124 bottles were filled. A stunning piece of liquid history.  More info

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 2125) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$903.95

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 10769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.70%
Caperdonich

A rare bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, matured in a single refill hogshead for 21 years. This was distilled in July 1994, a while before the distillery…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 10769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$189.71

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old
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$170.26

Macduff 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10954) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.10%
Macduff

A 25 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt from February 1990 to November 2015. It comes to us via Douglas Laing's excellent indie bottling series, Xtra Old…  More info

Macduff 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10954) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$124.73

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.20%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$913.88

Glenisla 37 Year Old 1977 (cask 19602) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.10%
Glen Keith

This is a rare independent bottling of Glenisla single malt Scotch whisky (which is experimental peated whisky from the Glen Keith distillery - they no longer produce it), presented by Signatory. It…  More info

Glenisla 37 Year Old 1977 (cask 19602) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$363.61

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