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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 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)
$48.29

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)
$31.53

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)
$147.74

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
$48.91

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
$50.17

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
$760.88

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)
$201.23

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)
$570.80

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)
$54.56

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
$159.98

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)
$83.15

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)
$56.33

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
$197.06

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)
$87.19

Linkwood 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1827) - The Maltman

70cl, 48.70%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery - not every day you see some of this! In April 1989 this whisky was filled into cask #1827, a bourbon…  More info

Linkwood 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 1827) - The Maltman

Glenfarclas 1968 Family Cask - 'My Tribute'

70cl, 54.40%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas' superb 'My Tribute' is a special commemorative 1968 bottling from the Family Casks series. It was aged for 44 years before bottling and comes with a smart, handmade presentation case, a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1968 Family Cask - 'My Tribute'
$2151.27

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 10818) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This right here is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured for 19 years in a single refill hogshead. In December 1994, the Longmorn distillery in Speyside…  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 10818) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.11

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 191954) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 53.70%
Longmorn

Bottled in August 2015 this Longmorn single malt was matured in a single hogshead for 24 years (very nearly 25, having been filled in September 1990). This is a distillery that has many 'in the know'…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 191954) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$103.75

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
$47.33

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 47.70%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Lady of the Glen bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Braeval distillery, known as the Braes of Glenlivet distillery until 1994, when they changed their name. In fact, this…  More info

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$114.06

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

50cl, 52.50%
Mortlach

Run for your lives, it's the Beast of Dufftown!!! Fortunately (despite the terrifying creature adorning the label of this first batch of Boutique-y Mortlach) it's actually the whisky itself that's…  More info

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Strathmill 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2451) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 51.20%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill, bottled by the brilliant Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. This Speyside single malt was distilled all the way back in 1991 and left to mature for 22 years before being bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2451) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$90.41

Allt-á-Bhainne 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.40%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A rather well-matured Allt-á-Bhainne, presented as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find series. This was distilled in April 1990 and left to mature until June 2015 (a whole quarter of a century), when it…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$108.38

Glendullan 23 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 63.10%
Glendullan

Distilled at Glendullan in 1974 and aged for 23 years before being bottled at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glendullan 23 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
3
$89.72

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