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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.

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This is an independently bottled Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in the year 1998 and bottled for the…  More info

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.5%
Dailuaine

Released as part of Douglas Laing's Single Minded, this is a single cask Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which matured the whisky for 7 long years.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$32.47

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Longmorn

A bottle of 2002 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 for La Maison du Whisky as part of their The Ten range, which organises the flavour profiles of whisky from their lightest…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

We do love some delicious Mortlach single malt! This is a bottling of "The Beast of Dufftown", matured for 8 years in a refill hogshead from November 2006 to November 2015, before being bottled at…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$46.88

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

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail. This particular bottling features whisky distilled by Macduff in the…  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$52.21

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53.7%
Miltonduff

A rather deluxe single cask bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. Drawn from a single Sherry oak cask, which was filled in November…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$311.92

Glen Grant 1957 (bottled 2007) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

This is a 1957 vintage single malt from the magnificent Glen Grant distillery in the Speyside region. It was independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2007 and presented with a handsomely retro…  More info

Glen Grant 1957 (bottled 2007) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,331.05

Macallan 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10161) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.8%
The Macallan

Independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range, this single cask Macallan was matured for 21 years. It was distilled in October 1992 and left to age in a Sherry cask until September 2014,…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10161) - Mackillop's Choice

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 15221) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 60.4%
Miltonduff

An independent bottling of 22 year old Miltonduff, drawn from a single first fill puncheon. It was distilled in September 1994 and bottled in September 2016 (a few days after its 22nd birthday), then…  More info

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 15221) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$106.38

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.9%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$207.98

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Deveron range, which is the name that Macduff use for their official bottlings. This was originally release for the Travel Retail market, alongside…  More info

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
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$54.29

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 6346) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.9%
Glenburgie

A Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie single malt, drawn from a single first fill puncheon. It was distilled in June 1995 and aged until September 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 6346) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$93.38

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 800736) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.5%
Miltonduff

Another ace Adelphi indie bottling here - this time, they've got their hands on a single cask of 9 year old Miltonduff single malt, laid down in 2007 and cracked open in 2016. Only 236 bottles were…  More info

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 800736) (Adelphi)
$84.74

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Miltonduff

Marvellous Miltonduff single malt right here via Douglas Laing's Old Particular range! This indie single cask bottling features whisky distilled in June 2000, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled…  More info

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$56.82

Balmenach 11 Year Old 2005 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside, independently bottled by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest indie bottlers in Scotland. Released for their Small Batch…  More info

Balmenach 11 Year Old 2005 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$45.76

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from 1998 to 2016. This comes to us via The First Editions range, which has received a design…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12311) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$80.90

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.1%
The Glenlivet

Well-aged whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature for 34 years, before Signatory cracked the cask open and…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$323.97

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This is an independent bottling of single malt distilled by Glen Spey in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A yummy indie Speyside aged in bourbon barrels until…  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.98

Longmorn 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11070) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Longmorn

A rather interesting indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a new wood hogshead! It was distilled in October 1997 and bottled in February 2016 by Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Longmorn 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11070) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$78.81

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

This is the second release of 37 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glen Grant in 1973 and bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
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$479.83

Braes o' Glenlivet - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.2%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A marvellous Braes o' Glenlivet from That Boutique-y Whisky Company... Batch 1 features a graphic-novel-style illustration of Master of Malt's triumvirate: Ben, Tom and Justin, driving up to visit…  More info

Braes o' Glenlivet - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An bottling of 10 year old single malt from the highly-regarded Macallan distillery in Speyside, which we believe to have been released in the 1990s. A handsome collectable bottle for a Macallan…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s
$233.92

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

50cl, 48.2%
BenRiach

The BenRiach distillery was moth-balled at the start of the 21st century and re-opened in 2004. The distillery tends to sell only to small or independent distributors, in keeping with the spirit of…  More info

BenRiach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Aultmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.4%
Aultmore

Aultmore is Gaelic for 'Big Burn' and is a popular blending whisky, however it also makes for a great single malt and 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company' snapped up some for this delicious…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.7%
Dailuaine

A 24 year old Dailuaine, which has been allowed to age in a single bourbon barrel from March 1992 to May 2016. It was independently bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of the Celebration of the Cask range,…  More info

Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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