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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.

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This Longmorn from 2002 was distilled a year after Pernod Ricard took over the distillery. Matured for 11 years in a sherry finished hogshead (cask 10029), it was then bottled by Hunter Laing for the…  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s
$110.39

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 43%
Mortlach

A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
$26.98

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled at the turn of the century, in the year 2000, and bottled at 46% ABV in 2014.  More info

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.24

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Matured in two hogsheads, this Mortlach was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory.  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$56.65

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 14385) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

A top notch single cask from a top notch distillery by a top notch bottler! This Longmorn spent 24 years in cask 14385 before being bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 14385) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$131.56

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53%
The Glenlivet

Strictly 1 Per Customer! From the Berry Brothers & Rudd Exceptional Casks range, which was introduced in the latter half of 2014, comes a very well aged Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, taken…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

Only 1,920 bottles of this single malt were released for the UK market. This Balvenie offering was matured for 17 years in casks which previously held Jamaican rum. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask
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Balvenie Founders Reserve - Cognac Bottle

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

The incredibly rare and super collectible Balvenie Founders Reserve, packaged in the iconic Cognac bottle. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Balvenie Founders Reserve - Cognac Bottle

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10878) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.7%
The Macallan

Single cask Macallan bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular range. This was distilled in May 1990 and left to mature in a refill hogshead for 25 years, until August 2015. Following…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10878) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$453.60

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.1%
Speyside

An 18 year old single cask single malt from the Speyside distillery, drawn from a Sherry butt and bottled by us! This was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in March 2016, with no chill-filtration or…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$64.34

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 5246 & 5247) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

A Signatory bottling of single malt from the Glenallachie distillery in the Speyside region, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in October 1996 and cracked open in March 2016,…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 5246 & 5247) (Signatory)
$36.77

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%
Balmenach

Released as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 17 year old Balmenach single malt which was drawn from a single cask! Said cask was filled in December…  More info

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$60.41

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8579) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.2%
Longmorn

This is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of 25 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single hogshead cask from June 1990 to November 2015. Bottled by the brilliant Signatory with…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 8579) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$104.93

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1151 & 1153) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

This is an independent bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in October 1995 and cracked open in May…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1151 & 1153) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An independent bottling of 1998 vintage Macallan single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's extensive Speymalt series. This was bottled at 43% ABV in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$60.28

Tormore 28 Year Old 1984 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 52.5%
Tormore

28 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for The Nectar of the Daily Drams range in Belgium. It was distilled back in 1984 and matured for a good long while, before being bottled in…  More info

Tormore 28 Year Old 1984 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$140.98

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

A mid-2016 release from the glorious Glenglassaugh distillery, matured in Octave casks! These tiny casks (about 1/8th of the size of a regular butt cask) offer a greater surface area to volume ratio,…  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic
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$57.07

Tormore 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tormore

The Tormore 14 Year Old was introduced to the distillery's core range in early 2014 (alongside a 16 Year Old bottling too). Don't often hear much from Tormore, but they do put out some wonderful…  More info

Tormore 14 Year Old
$50.03

Glen Keith 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 120579 & 120580) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.1%
Glen Keith

24 year old cask strength Glen Keith? Yes please! This is a Signatory bottling of single malt from the Glen Keith distillery drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in October 1992…  More info

Glen Keith 24 Year Old 1992 (casks 120579 & 120580) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$85.32

Linkwood 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 3537) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.1%
Linkwood

This is a 24 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, matured in an ex-Sherry hogshead from 1990 to 2014. It was bottled by Adelphi at 58.1% ABV with a small outturn of 219 bottles. A fabulous…  More info

Linkwood 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 3537) (Adelphi)
$123.66

Cardhu 21 Year Old 1991 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%
Cardhu

The second release of Cardhu as one of Diageo's popular Special Releases, this 21 year old Speyside single malt was matured in bourbon casks. Fewer than 6,000 natural cask strength bottles are…  More info

Cardhu 21 Year Old 1991 (2013 Special Release)
$180.91

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glentauchers

A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentuachers distillery! This has been independently bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli. Beautifully presented, we might add.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli
$127.28

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

An independently bottled Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 8 years. It was distilled in autumn 2006 and set aside to mature until autumn 2014, when it was then bottled…  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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