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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.

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 001

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve. This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels and refill casks and sherry butts.…  More info

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Batch 001
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Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$52.42

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were filled in June 1995 and bottled in September 2016 at 43% ABV. Signatory are the chaps to thank for…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 6505 & 6506) - Signatory

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A Rest & Be Thankful bottling of 15 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled in March 2016 at 40% ABV. Only 119 bottles of this were produced.  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%
Strathmill

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled back in March 1990 and set aside to slumber in a…  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 100178) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$723.75

Mannochmore 37 Year Old 1977 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 49.4%
Mannochmore

An independent bottling of some incredibly well-aged Mannochmore single malt right here, folks. This was distilled in 1977 (Mannochmore only opened in 1971!) and was bottled 37 years later in 2015 by…  More info

Mannochmore 37 Year Old 1977 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glenlossie 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 3452) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.3%
Glenlossie

A Signatory bottling of 23 year old Glenlossie single malt, aged in a single hogshead from November 1992 to June 2016. After it was matured, it was bottled for the Cask Strength Collection and…  More info

Glenlossie 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 3452) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

A 1980s bottling of 12 year old Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, presented in its distinctivly stout, square(-ish) bottle.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.5%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$794.74

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 40.2%
The Glenlivet

42 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, aged in bourbon hogsheads from 1973 to 2015. A release of 630 bottles, which were bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glenrothes 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.8%
Glenrothes

Like the first batch, That Boutique-y Whisky Company' second release of Glenrothes single malt features the ghost of Biawa 'Byeway' Makalaga, a popular resident of Rothes was rescued from starvation…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 4319) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56%
Glenfarclas

This Glenfarclas single cask whisky was distilled in 1994 and placed into a 4th fill butt. The outturn was 640 bottles on 2nd December 2014, released in Spring 2014.  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 4319) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$268.37

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)

70cl, 46.6%
Glenfiddich

A twelfth release of Glenfiddich's exceptional limited edition 40 year old single malt. Using a 'remnant vatting' process, some of the previous batch is carried over each time and vatted with the…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Sherry-cask-finished Macduff single malt, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Cooper's Choice range. It was initially matured in American oak casks before being transferred over to…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 11018) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 41.1%
Glenfarclas

This is a single cask bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Winter 2015 Release of their Family Cask range. It was distilled in 1979 and matured in a fourth fill hogshead…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 11018) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$442.90

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

70cl, 60.9%
Aberlour

Another A'Bunadh! An incredibly popular series of well-Sherried whiskies from the Aberlour distillery in the Highlands, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at generous ABVs. Batch #55…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
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Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A rather classic, classy bottling of Glenlivet single malt, presented by Gordon & MacPahil as part of their Distillery Labels series. This very well-matured dram was distilled in 1948 and was…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - Gordon & MacPhail
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Royal Brackla 21 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

The oldest of three new Royal Brackla single malts launched in 2015 as part of the Last Great Malts from John Dewar & Sons. Distilled slowly, with plenty of reflux and matured in Oloroso Sherry…  More info

Royal Brackla 21 Year Old
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$176.66

Spiced Apple Strudel 2002 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Craigellachie)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie! This was distilled by Craigellachie in the Speyside region back in 2002, and aged in a hogshead cask until 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 362 bottles by…  More info

Spiced Apple Strudel 2002 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Craigellachie)

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for travel retail. This was launched in honour of Alan Winchester, who has been Master Distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
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Longmorn 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 8618) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.2%
Longmorn

This is a 26 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery, which was distilled in June 1990 and bottled in August 2016. It was aged in hogshead #8618 until it was independently bottled by…  More info

Longmorn 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 8618) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Craigellachie 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11792) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery, aged in a Sherry butt for 19 years - we do love a Sherried Craigellachie, we do. This one was bottled by Hunter Laing…  More info

Craigellachie 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11792) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Tormore

As we entered the final decade of the 1900s, Tormore filled casks 1590 with their whisky to mature. From January 1990 to March 2014 that whisky aged in the cask, until it was bottled by Duncan Taylor…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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