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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.

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Purple Print)

100cl, 49.9%
The Macallan

Macallan's Masters of Photography series grows once more. For this edition, famous fashion photographer Mario Testino has produced four prints of a classy party, each subtly focussing on a different…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Purple Print)
$2248.05

Glen Moray 25 Year Old (cask 5241) - Chapter 7

70cl, 57.0%
Glen Moray

A 25 year old Glen Moray single malt here, bottled by Swiss indie bottler Chapter 7. This was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, producing 218 bottles of tasty, vanilla-rich deliciousness.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old (cask 5241) - Chapter 7
$165.09

Glenallachie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.7%
Glenallachie

This is the first bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the label, as always, references something interesting about the distillery. You see,…  More info

Glenallachie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Craigellachie

20 year old Craigellachie single malt, aged in a single Sherry butt from September 1995 to December 2015. This was then bottled at 51.5% ABV, with 314 bottles produced. Part of Douglas Laing's ace…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Dufftown 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 18583) - Vintage Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 53.6%
Dufftown

Matured in a single ex-bourbon hogshead for 33 years, this single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in November 1982 and bottled in March 2016. 198 bottles were produced at a natural cask strength of…  More info

Dufftown 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 18583) - Vintage Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli

70cl, 40.0%
Tomintoul

A 1967 vintage(!) Tomintoul from Italian bottler Samaroli. Just 176 bottles were produced.  More info

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli
$417.02

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43.0%
Strathisla

This is 1965 Strathisla bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Strathisla is predominately used in the Chivas Regal blend however the single malt is exceptional if you can find a bottle.  More info

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)

Glentauchers 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 6042) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 48.7%
Glentauchers

Independently bottled Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon cask for 22 years. It was distilled in September 1992 and set aside to age until June 2015, when it was bottled by…  More info

Glentauchers 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 6042) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

Blended Malt #1 - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.0%
Balvenie

This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the…  More info

Blended Malt #1 -  Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s

75cl, 40.0%
Glenfiddich

A bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (as described on the bottle - these days it'd be called "Single Malt"), produced in the 1980s. Rare and collectible. This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s
$130.39

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46.0%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the "River of Milk" - Allt-à-Bhainne! It was distilled in 2008, aged in a single refill hogshead and eventually bottled by Langside in 2016 for…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.45

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43.0%
Glenrothes

The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
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$65.01

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.3%
Glentauchers

A WM Cadenhead Small Batch bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside (which you don't often hear a lot about - though it's always a pleasure when…  More info

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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Glenfiddich 8 Year Old Straight Malt

75cl, 43.0%
Glenfiddich

An old and rare bottling of 8 year old Glenfiddich single malt whisky labelled "straight malt" with original presentation box. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old Straight Malt
$700.82

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Millburn

Closed in 1985, Milburn has become increasingly rare. Fittingly, this bottling comes from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range, an independent bottling of 1974 vintage single malt. Today, the…  More info

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$455.43

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

70cl, 46.0%
Tamdhu

This is a Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 2008. After maturing in two casks for 7 years, the whisky was bottled by Càrn Mòr in 2015 with an…  More info

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

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9164) - The Cooper's Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46.0%
Craigellachie

This rich ruby coloured single malt was initially matured in American oak before a finishing period in a single Port pipe. The outturn was 360 bottles.  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9164) - The Cooper's Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$50.81

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12112) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Craigellachie

Indie Craigellachie, aged for 20 years in a single Sherry butt! This comes to us via the Old Malt Cask range from Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1995 and matured until November 2015,…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12112) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glen Elgin 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Elgin

A 23 year old Glen Elgin single malt from WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range of independent bottlings. Distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 it's taken on an incredible colour for a bourbon cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$74.50

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Spey

This is a Càrn Mòr bottling of 15 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a pair of casks laid down in 2000 and bottled in 2016. 540 bottles were released as part of the Strictly Limited range.  More info

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
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Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.7%
Glentauchers

Duncan Taylor bottled this 21 year old Glentauchers for their Dimensions range, which has more dimensions than a 3D video game character falling through multiple parallel universes while wearing 3D…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.0%
Aultmore

This is a independent bottling of 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aultmore distillery, drawn from 2 casks which were filled in 2010. The casks were opened and the whisky was bottled in…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

70cl, 48.0%
Tormore

A lovely gift pack containing two tasting glasses as well as a bottle of Tormore 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at a…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses
$79.78

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