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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.

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood, distill in June 1997 and bottled by Langside in 2016. part of the Distiller's Art range, it's been aged in a refill hogshead and bottled at natural cask strength without chill…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$80.28

Glenburgie 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11218) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46.9%
Glenburgie

From Hunter Laing's classic Old Malt Cask range comes a 25 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled by Glenburgie in June 1989 and aged in…  More info

Glenburgie 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11218) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
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$105.78

Balvenie 17 Year Old New Wood

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This bottling was finished in virgin oak. A one off release from the Balvenie, replaced with the 'New Oak'. This received a Gold at the 2006 International Spirits Challenge. This bottle was part…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old New Wood
$318.11

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1958 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's rather extensive range of Glen Grant vintages. This was matured in first fill sherry casks, Gordon and MacPhail describe the result "rich, sherried - a…  More info

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1140.07

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.1%
Tomintoul

Wow - a 48 year old Tomintoul single malt here from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold independent bottling range! It was distilled in 1967 (only two years after the distillery was founded) and bottled in…  More info

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$358.40

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.9%
Brackla

A Duncan Taylor The Octave bottling of 4 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Royal Brackla distillery. This was distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2015 following a 9 month finishing period in a…  More info

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$45.59

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independent bottling of Braeval single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt for 14 years - although you'd never know it from the colour! The colour is of course natural, however, whereas many…  More info

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$59.14

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.7%
Strathmill

A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.8%
Glenfarclas

One of the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1982 and matured in a plain hogshead cask until July 2014. It was bottled as part of their Autumn 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$415.64

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 52.2%
Craigellachie

This is an independently bottled Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a single Sherry butt. It was distilled back in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. A release of…  More info

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland
$132.57

The Deveron 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is The Deveron 18 Year Old, launched in September 2015 (alongside a 12 Year Old expression, too). This relaunch came complete with new frosted glass bottles and 'The' at the start of its name.  More info

The Deveron 18 Year Old
$58.27

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 822 + 823) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This is an Un-Chillfiltered Collection bottling of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of hoggies for 19 years! It was distilled in February 1997 and bottled by Signatory in March…  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 822 + 823) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$45.41

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2593) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 49%
Glenfarclas

A 1985 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scoch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry hogshead until December 2014 and released as part of their fantastic Family Cask range. 320 bottles were…  More info

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2593) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$418.91

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A old bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky labelled as 'Pure Malt' decades ago.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)
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$139.67

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.7%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead independent bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, presented as part of their wonderful Small Batch series.  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Longmorn 1967 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1967 and bottled in 2012 by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1967 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 54.3%
Glenfarclas

A single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Winter 2015 Release of their Family Cask series. It was distilled in 1967 and left to age in a Sherry butt until August…  More info

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$958.15

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd, this Linkwood single cask whisky is 19 years old.  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$87.86

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

8 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas distillery, known around the world of their splendidly Sherried expressions. The Glenfarclas 8 Year Old leans more in the…  More info

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old
$32.26

Linkwood 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Distilled at Linkwood in 1972 and aged for 34 years in sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Linkwood 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Glentauchers

A 6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 by Duncan Taylor. This has been released as part of their Octave series, and as such, this whisky was given…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Macduff 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55%
Macduff

25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, bottled by us as part of our Single Cask Series collection. Back in May 1990, this whisky was distilled and filled into a Sherry…  More info

Macduff 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$127.21

The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This 10 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak
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Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This independently bottled single malt was distilled by the Glen Spey distillery back in the year 2000 (it still sounds so futuristic). In cask #263, this Glen Spey matured for 13 years, until it was…  More info

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$65.20

Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 5883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
Benrinnes

356 bottles of 17 year old Benrinnes whisky emerged from cask 5883 in April 2013 to join the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory, and the world became a better place because of it.  More info

Benrinnes 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 5883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$78.85

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