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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.

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 11076) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Dailuaine

A gloriously creamy 12 year old Dailuaine single malt here, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. This was distilled in September 2003 and set aside to age in a single refill butt cask…  More info

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 11076) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$45.26

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46.8%
The Glenlivet

A 40 year old Glenlivet that spent its final 48 months in a Sherry cask before being bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2015.  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$579.13

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Aultmore

An independently bottled 2007 vintage Aultmore single malt, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range. This is #02 in The Ten, which goes through intensity of flavour from #00 (the…  More info

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch from Glenlivet is made with specially selected casks, including first-fill ex-Sherry casks, first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
2
$103.57

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 60%
Craigellachie

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the spectacular Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of casks. It was distilled in September 2002 and bottled on the 1st of April 2016.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

Bottled for Signatory's does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Un-Chillfiltered Collection, this is a 19 year old Glen Elgin matured in a single hogshead from October 1995 to April 2015.  More info

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather…  More info

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$56.61

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old
3
$44.85

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 46.1%
Dailuaine

A 32 year old Daliuaine single malt Scotch whisky, initially matured in a refill hogshead and finished in an Oloroso Sherry hogshead before being bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. Just 230 bottles…  More info

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$198.83

Aultmore 30 Year Old 1986 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 56.9%
Aultmore

An indie bottling of Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky from the Aultmore distillery, aged for 30 years - from March 1986 to April 2016. Following this three decade maturation, it was bottled by…  More info

Aultmore 30 Year Old 1986 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$188.60

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016

70cl, 48.7%
Speyside

A special bottling for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2016, this is a single cask of Spey single malt from Speyside distillery in the Speyside region (got it?) distilled in May 2007. It spent 8…  More info

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016
$94.30

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Fancy some Sherry-butt matured single malt from the Inchgower distillery in Speyside? Well Hunter Laing can make that a reality with this Old Malt Cask bottling of 19 Year Old Inchgower, matured in a…  More info

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55%
Tamdhu

An A. D. Rattray bottling of 7 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry cask. It was distilled by Tamdhu in January 2008 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of just…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 47.5%
The Glenlivet

Over 50 years in the making, older vintages of Glenlivet are becoming increasingly rare - invest while you can!  More info

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.6%
Imperial

21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked open in October 2016. It was…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6184 & 6185) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were home to said whisky for 17 years. These casks were laid down by the distillery in Speyside…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6184 & 6185) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$48.07

Glenallachie 11 Years Old 2000 (cask 8689) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

This is a eleven year old Glenallachie bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. The distillery was built to produce whisky for the Mackinlay blends however independent bottlers also…  More info

Glenallachie 11 Years Old 2000 (cask 8689) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

Distilled at Glenrothes in 1990 before a 25 year maturation in a single cask! It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in 2016, and there are just 237 bottles, all at natural cask…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Oak for All Seasons 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independently bottled Braeval single malt, matured in a single barrel from 1994 to 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Wemyss Malts and given the title 'Oak for All Seasons'. 255 bottles were…  More info

Oak for All Seasons 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)
$87.70

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this is an 11 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt, until 2014, when it was…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.28

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve

75cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A very rare bottle of 25 year old Glenlivet, bottled in commemoration of Charles and Diana's Royal Wedding in 1981. Incredible handsome and highly collectable. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve
$1,192.82

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenallachie

22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1992 and aged in a refill barrel. In August 2014, the good peoples at Douglas Laing decided it was ready to join the gorgeous…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$90.09

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 4243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.3%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by Signatory as part of their…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 4243) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1
$223.67

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Benrinnes

A 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one hogshead cask. Said cask was filled in June 1995 and eventually bottled in January 2016 by the chaps from Signatory - a release of 293 bottles.  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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