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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.

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

A single cask bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This vanilla rich, citrus fuelled dram was distilled by Tamdhu in the Speyside…  More info

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky comes from the Braeval distillery, sometimes called Braes of Glenlivet, and was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Matured in a refill…  More info

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A hard to find stoneware decanter jug from Glenfiddich. This features an image of Robert the Bruce, a man from a time when "the" was an acceptable middle name.  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s
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Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 188 & 189) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

19 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky drawn from a pair of hogshead casks, bottled as part of the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in July…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 188 & 189) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Sherry-butt-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, aged for 8 years before Langside bottled it for their Hepburn's Choice range. A release of 391 bottles.  More info

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.60

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An indie bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled back in June 1997, and aged until October 2015. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$76.34

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Tormore

Ooh, a rare antique bottle of Tormore 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, produced back in the 1970s when Long John Distilleries own Tormore. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s
$249.93

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The jewel in the crown of The Macallan's 1824 Series is erm, a Ruby! With the darkest hue in a no age statement range where colour is king, Ruby has spent the longest time in only the very finest…  More info

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series
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Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Clans of the Highlands collection. This bottles comes with a collector's tin featuring a portrait of Kenneth…  More info

Glenfiddich
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$124.96

Tamdhu 27 Year 1988 (cask 12004) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 45.9%
Tamdhu

27 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of Hunter Laing's much loved Old Malt Cask range. This has been presented at 45.9% ABV after spending nearly three decades in a single…  More info

Tamdhu 27 Year 1988 (cask 12004) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 55.7%
The Glenlivet

A single cask bottling of 18 year old Glenlivet single malt, given the name Auchvaich by the famous distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 588 bottles.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition
$192.66

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The recipe for a great evening calls for good whisky, good food and good friends. With this charming gift set from the Dufftown Distillery, you're on your way there. The gift set includes a 15 year…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$47.21

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Ardmore Tradition is a peated single malt which is initially aged in American oak barrels before being transferred over to quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Tradition 1l
$49.26

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenallachie

A 1999 vintage Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. It was distilled back in March 1999 and set aside to mature in a single refill Sherry…  More info

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$57.78

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$249.93

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery, aged for 7 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2016 by Langside for the Hepburn's…  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.10

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Spey

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$105.08

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

25 year old Mortlach aged in a Sherry butt here - sounds mighty delicious, doesn't it? This was distilled in August 1990 and bottled in August 2016 after a quarter of a century in the aforementioned…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$197.47

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$78.90

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 57.2%
Craigellachie

Distilled 26th February 2004, this Craigellachie single malt was bottled over 12 years later on 10th August 2016 with 233 bottles produced from a single cask.  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$68.17

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Benrinnes

This is an Old Particular bottling of Benrinnes single malt, distilled in July 1999 and matured in a single Sherry butt. 15 years later, this Sherried Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing with an…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460)  - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Balvenie 1989 PortWood

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 1989 vintage single malt from Balvenie, initially aged in American casks before being allowed a finishing period in Port casks. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Balvenie 1989 PortWood
$364.42

Glenfiddich "Clan Stewart" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich from the 1980s comes with a presentation tin that honours the Clan Stewart. These are very collectible indeed - we've had quite a few in our…  More info

Glenfiddich
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$99.97

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Single cask Macduff, proudly presented for the Provenance collection by Douglas Laing (who have given the range a bit of a make-over). This was distilled in August 2007 and left to mature for 8 years…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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