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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.

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

This is 2006 edition of the popular Benromach Peat Smoke, which this time was peated to 62PPM, just a touch lower than the previous year's offering. It was matured from 2006 to 2015 in first fill…  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2015)
3
$41.73

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A refill sherry matured Macallan, this was distilled in 1988 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)
$251.90

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.50%
Mortlach

Mighty Mortlach, and a 24 year old at that! Here we have this Speysider at natural cask strength, filled into a single cask on 14th May 1991 and disgorged on 2nd December 2015, yielding 587 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$154.40

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 182 & 183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

The 'Beast of Dufftown', bottled without chill-filtration! This is an indie bottling of 19 year old Mortlach single malt, drawn from two hogsheads laid down in July 1996 and cracked open in February…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 182 & 183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$58.28

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 79229) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the much-adored Glenlivet distillery. The whisky was distilled in May 1996 and left to aged in a first-fill Sherry butt until…  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 79229) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$58.63

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.20%
Longmorn

From WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range comes a 1990 vintage Longmorn single malt, matured for 24 years in bourbon barrels. It was distilled by Longmorn in Speyside in 1990 and eventually bottled in…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$87.83

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$72.51

The Macallan 42 Year Old 1969 (cask 6860) - The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.60%
The Macallan

An exquisite 1969 vintage Macallan single cask malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor after a 42 year maturation. The presentation certainly has the "wow" factor, with a beautiful crystal…  More info

The Macallan 42 Year Old 1969 (cask 6860) - The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)
$13228.48

Glenisla 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 19603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 43.30%
Glen Keith

Glenisla 36 year old single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Glenisla is an experimental peated malt from the Glen Keith distillery, who are known more for…  More info

Glenisla 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 19603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$327.54

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.70%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$110.45

Aberlour 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) - The Maltman

70cl, 49.10%
Aberlour

From the ace Aberlour distillery comes a 22 year old single cask single malt, distilled in November 1992, aged in a Sherry cask and bottled in April 2015. It was bottled by The Maltman, with 241…  More info

Aberlour 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) - The Maltman
$77.84

Linkwood 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 5927 & 5934) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Matured in a pair of hogsheads filled in May 1995, this Linkwood single malt was bottled by Signatory over 20 years later in March 2016.  More info

Linkwood 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 5927 & 5934) (Signatory)
$48.65

Ardmore 4 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 4 year old Ardmore here from the Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited selection. This was drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels laid down by Ardmore in 2011 and cracked open in 2016, producing 710 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 4 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$31.76

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$148.83

Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2007

70cl, 45%
Benromach

Benromach's 2007 vintage single malt finished in ex-Sassicaia wine casks from Bolgheri is a limited release of 3,500 inviting bottles full of Speyside whisky with a handsome reddish hue.  More info

Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2007
$49.27

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$50.54

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 1865) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.50%
Glenglassaugh

42 year old single malt finished in a Massandra Aleatico Hogshead, 175 bottles were filled in September 2015. Part of Glenglassaugh's second batch of Rare Cask releases, this whisky was distilled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 1865) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$766.47

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Miltonduff

A marvellous Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the chaps from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled back in 1984, a few years after Miltonduff's Lomond stills were…  More info

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$202.71

Strathisla 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This Strathisla was distilled in 1969 and was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. Strathisla is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands and is a key component in the Chivas Regal Blend.  More info

Strathisla 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$574.99

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Distilled in 2000, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was botted in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$54.96

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1987 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glen Moray

A gorgeous Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, presented at 25 years old and finished in Port casks for an extra helping of sweet, wine-like complexities. A superbly aged Speysider.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1987 Port Cask Finish
$161.15

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 1407 & 1408) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.90%
Glentauchers

This was distilled at the Glentauchers distillery in 1996. It was then aged for 19 years in a bourbon cask before bottling in late 2105 for the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory.  More info

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 1407 & 1408) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$83.76

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900699) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.70%
Glenallachie

6 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery in Speyside, bottled by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in June 2008 and matured in a single cask until November 2014, when it…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900699) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$56.75

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A one litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, thought to date from the 1970s, confusingly labelled as 'pure malt'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1970s
$198.51

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 by the folks at Wemyss. They've given this ace Speysider the title 'Flambé Fruit' as a hint to the…  More info

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)
$87.83

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