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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.

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
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$46.93

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1990 (cask 9734) (Adelphi)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

17 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a single cask from 1990 to 2008 before being bottled by Adelphi. A very small outturn for this one - only 64 bottles were…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1990 (cask 9734) (Adelphi)
$170.32

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11187) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

An independent bottling of single cask Glenallachie from Douglas Laing. Glenallachie distillery is located in Aberlour in the Speyside whisky region of Scotland and isn't often seen as a single malt.  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11187) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.95

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

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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The Glenlivet Alpha

70cl, 50%
The Glenlivet

Here, we have something unique. A limited release of 3,350 bottles (only 600 in the UK!) of pure mystery and intrigue. The label says "from The Glenlivet Distillery", and on release that's all…  More info

The Glenlivet Alpha
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$307.76

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.8%
Miltonduff

An intriguing bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from Miltonduff here, distilled in their Lomond stills (which weren't used for all that long). This was distilled in November 1979 and aged in a…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$291.17

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 (cask 7569) - Peated, Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl, 51%
BenRiach

If you love the combination of Sherry and peat, you'll definitely want to take a look at this - an Oloroso Sherry butt finished peated 29 year old BenRiach! This was distilled in December 1986 and…  More info

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 (cask 7569) - Peated, Oloroso Cask Finish
$248.29

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s

76cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, produced in the 1970s. You can tell it's from a while ago as the bottle calls it 'Unblended all malt Scotch Whisky', rather than single malt, as is…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s
$175.27

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

The second release of 1973 Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky from Italian indie bottler Samaroli. For fans of well-Sherried Speyside whisky.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$482.76

Glen Keith 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

A rare and complex bottling from the Connoisseur's choice range from Gordon and Macphail.  More info

Glen Keith 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615

70cl, 60.3%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet continue to release tasty single malt Scotch whisky matured in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain, bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration for their fantastic Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615
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$51.82

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5248) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

Single cask Glenallachie, matured in a hogshead for 19 years, from October 1996 to September 2016. This has been independently bottled by Signatory at 43% ABV.  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5248) (Signatory)
$37.53

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Craigellachie

A Distiller's Art bottling of Craigellachie single malt, matured in one Sherry butt for 15 years. It was distilled in the futuristic-sounding year 1999 - in April, we might add, the most…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$66.59

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.1%
Aultmore

A very well-aged Aultmore from respected bottler Mackillop's. Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Speyside on the 4th of September 1990 and bottled from cask number 5199 in April 2013.  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice

Linkwood 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 11152) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.4%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. Cask 11152 has an outturn of 253 bottles when it was emptied in October 2013, 22 years after it was filled.  More info

Linkwood 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 11152) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11072) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in Speyside in 2008 and set aside in a refill hogshead until March 2016, when said cask was cracked open…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11072) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An interesting Inchgower here, which was "filled from a wine-finished hogshead"! It was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 8 years old in 2016 by the chaps at Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.68

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

This is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Glen Elgin single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. The barrels were filled in November 1990 and cracked open in October 2016, producing 295…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$100.32

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old) (No Box)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A bottle of Glenlivet's XXV 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in Oloroso Sherry casks to bring some very welcome notes of Sherry-soaked raisins and dark chocolate to the table.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old) (No Box)
$192.94

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A very handsomely presented 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 2008 and bottled in 2016. This comes presented in gorgeous retro decanters - 367 were produced.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)
$47.25

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

11 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back in spring 2004 and set aside to mature in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12302) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 55.9%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower here from Hunter Laing's First Editions range, which is meant to evoke the qualities of a rare book. This was distilled in 1995 and allowed to mature in a single Sherry butt until…  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12302) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$87.30

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

This Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky is 21 years old as it was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in October 2013. 294 bottles were produced for Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask.  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$84.03

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1529) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.3%
Strathmill

Signatory's Cask Strength Collection presents top-notch single malts and single grains at full-on strength - this one is a 25 year old single malt from the Strathmill distillery, matured in a single…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1529) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$98.12

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Rarely seen as a single malt, this independent bottling of Balmenach comes from Douglas Laing. Distilled in November 2005, it spent 10 years in a single refill hogshead before being bottled in May…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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