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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.

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$643.74

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.50%
Glenrothes

Hunter Laing, Stewart Laing's new company after he and his brother split Douglas Laing's assets between them, have released their first Old & Rare bottlings. It as label that has always been reserved…  More info

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$228.80

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 - The Massandra Connection - Madeira Wood Finish

70cl, 41.70%
Glenglassaugh

A 2014 addition to Glenglassaugh's Massandra Connection series. This 35 year old single malt, was distilled in 1978 and finished in a Madeira puncheon from the Massandra winery, the oldest winery in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 - The Massandra Connection - Madeira Wood Finish
$385.02

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 88170 & 88171) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

An independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of bourbon barrels for 20 years! This was distilled by Glen Grant back in May 1995 and set aside to mature for two…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 88170 & 88171) (Signatory)
$47.18

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.90%
Caperdonich

A very handsome Duncan Taylor Single bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. This was distilled in April 1992 and bottled in January 2014 at 54.9% ABV. 105…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$232.37

Cragganmore 21 Year Old 1989 - The John Milroy (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.50%
Cragganmore

John Milroy along with his brother Wallace were among the pioneers who pushed single malt whisky in London almost fifty years ago. They opened their shop in 1964, this is John's selection of a…  More info

Cragganmore 21 Year Old 1989 - The John Milroy (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$98.57

Cragganmore 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 428466) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54%
Cragganmore

An independent bottling of 22 year old Cragganmore single malt, presented as part of the brilliant Duncan Taylor Single range, which is reserved for rare, highly impressive whiskies. This Cragganmore…  More info

Cragganmore 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 428466) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$249.08

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 56.10%
Imperial

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range, which of course focuses on whiskies from distilleries which have sadly shut their doors, comes an 18 year old single malt from the Imperial…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
1
$124.11

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 23105) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.10%
The Glenlivet

The Mackillop's Choice range is made of independent bottlings of casks that are deemed to be worthy of the brand's name, just like this Glenlivet, which was distilled in October 1989 and subsequently…  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 23105) - Mackillop's Choice
1
$187.02

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A 1955 vintage single malt distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's "Smith's Glenlivet" range. Dignified and slightly smoky, an incredible dram.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1543.15

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

From the Strictly Limited range released by Càrn Mòr comes a 7 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 hogshead casks. It was distilled by Macduff in 2008 and bottled in 2015 with an…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$45.32

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

A 1980s bottling of 12 year old Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, presented in its distinctivly stout, square(-ish) bottle.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s
$198.41

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6178 & 6179) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A 16 year old Linkwood distilled in 1999 and aged in two hogsheads (6178 and 6179) before bottling by Signatory in late 2015.  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6178 & 6179) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.08

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Matured in two hogsheads, this Mortlach was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory.  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$61.10

Glenfiddich Special Reserve (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

An old bottling of Glenfiddich's Special Reserve complete with original presentation tube.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve (Old Bottling)
$159.28

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 9257) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery June 1997 before a 17 year maturation in a single refill Sherry butt. It was selected by Signatory and bottled for their Un-Chillfiltered range in 2015.  More info

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 9257) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$54.72

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A 7 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky with a particularly pleasing dark bronze hue, bottled by Langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled back in 2008, matured…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.84

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Signatory chaps! It was in the summer of 1995 when this whisky was distilled, and was bottled by Signatory in the spring of 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)
$53.08

The Glenlivet 11 Year Old Bochel - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 59.50%
The Glenlivet

A single cask 11 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, originally released in the Netherlands. It was bottled at a robust 59.5% ABV in October 2014 and named after Bochel Hill, which is said…  More info

The Glenlivet 11 Year Old Bochel - Single Cask Edition
$328.27

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166963) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.60%
The Glenlivet

Distilled in October 1995, this 20 year old Glenlivet malt was bottled by Signatory in March 2016 following a maturation in a single Sherry butt. The outturn was 523 bottles of tasty whisky with a…  More info

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166963) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$96.37

BenRiach 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 9150)

70cl, 55.40%
BenRiach

A single cask bottling of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry puncheon. It was distilled in 1999 and left to mature until November 2014, when it was bottled with an…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 9150)
3
$75.86

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balmenach distillery, distilled in March 2005 and bottled in November 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead and bottled at 46% ABV. You don't…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.15

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.10%
Craigellachie

A classic, meaty Craigellachie that perfectly showcases the distillery character, which is partly down to their use of traditional worm tub condensers. This single cask also exhibits impressive…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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BenRiach 16 Year Old (40%)

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Named Best Speyside Single Malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old (40%)
9
$46.53

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10435) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenrothes

Single cask Glenrothes, taken from refill cask #10435, which matured the whisky for 16 years. It was filled in December 1997 and emptied in April 2014 by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range.…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10435) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$90.46

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