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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 15 Year Old 1999 (casks 6176 & 6177) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Linkwood

15 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a consecutive pair of hogshead casks which were filled in May 1999 and opened in May 2015. It was bottled by the fine folks over at…  More info

Linkwood 15 Year Old 1999 (casks 6176 & 6177) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Macallan 1989 (bottled 2015) (cask 15067) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 47.8%
The Macallan

A 1989 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by German bottler Malts of Scotland. They've got their hands on a good Macallan here - it distilled in 1989, aged in a single…  More info

Macallan 1989 (bottled 2015) (cask 15067) - Malts of Scotland

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Dailuaine

Dailuaine from a single Sherry butt bottled at 7 years old by Douglas Laing in November 2015.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glen Grant 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 441018) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 49.0%
Glen Grant

A very handsome bottling of 22 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry cask from November 1992 to July 2015. Just 75 bottles were produced for the Duncan Taylor…  More info

Glen Grant 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 441018) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Glenfarclas 2004 (bottled 2015) Cask Strength Premium Edition

70cl, 59.8%
Glenfarclas

A 2004 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, released originally for the German market. This was matured in Sherry casks before being bottled in 2015 at cask strength - a generous 59.8% ABV.  More info

Glenfarclas 2004 (bottled 2015) Cask Strength Premium Edition
$72.77

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 171211 & 171212) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Keith

Distilled on the 8th November 1995, this is a 20 year old Glen Keith, aged in two hogsheads and bottled by Signatory. It was bottled in early 2016 and comes from the award-winning Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 171211 & 171212) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenallachie

From Douglas Laing's Provenance range (which received a delightful redesign in early 2016) comes a Sherry-butt-matured 7 year old Glenallachie! This was distilled in May 2008 and left to mature until…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Allt-à-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 9338) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46.0%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 22 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-à-Bhainne distillery, which has been treated to a Port cask finish! It was distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2015, before being bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 9338) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$95.06

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 47.4%
The Macallan

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Macallan distillery, aged in a single bourbon hogshead for 19 years. This comes to us via the Highland Laird range, bottled by…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 25981) - The Gulf Buccaneer Limited Edition

70cl, 40.0%
The Macallan

Here we have the First Edition 'Gulf Buccaneer' 12 year old single cask Macallan from Squadron Malts. Distilled in April 1990 and bottled in June 2002, it features a cartoon of Saddam Hussein. Just…  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 25981) - The Gulf Buccaneer Limited Edition
$623.51

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959938) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Aultmore

An 2008 vintage Aultmore single malt, bottled at 7 years old by the folks at Duncan Taylor. However, as this has been presented for their Octave range, this one has been finished in a tiny octave…  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959938) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 11002) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Tamdhu

A deliciously creamy Tamdhu single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing. This is an 8 year old whisky from the distillery in Speyside, distilled in November 2006 and bottled in November 2015 at 46% ABV,…  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 11002) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Mortlach 22 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.8%
Mortlach

A well-Sherried 22 year old Mortlach, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1992 and left to age in a Sherry butt until October 2014. It was then bottled as part of the…  More info

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48.0%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$63.13

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2447) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Strathmill

With much of the malt this distillery produces making its way into J&B blended whisky, and no range of its own, it's to the independent bottlers that we look for releases. Here we have a single cask…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2447) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$108.62

Macallan The Bar - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)

70cl, 50.8%
The Macallan

285 bottles were bottled from a single cask of Macallan for this collectable whisky from these Speyside giants. Photographer Annie Leibovitz made collectable prints of photos she took of actor Kevin…  More info

Macallan The Bar - Annie Leibovitz (Masters of Photography)
$1729.70

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 54

70cl, 60.7%
Aberlour

Aberlour's A'Bunadh series has reached its 54th batch! As ever, this excellent Highland single malt has been drawn in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask strength - this time weighing in…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 54
8
$49.01

Aberlour 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11063) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Aberlour

21 year old Aberlour, aged in a refill hogshead from February 1995 to February 2016. This comes to us via Douglas Laing's Old Particular selection, with 278 bottles produced. More focus here on…  More info

Aberlour 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11063) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43.0%
Dailuaine

A Flora and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery, a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great digestive.  More info

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
4
$56.88

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10778) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Dailuaine

An 18 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon barrel from April 1997 to May 2015. It was bottled at 48.4% ABV by the wonderful chaps at Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10778) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Glenfiddich Bonnie Prince Charlie Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s

75cl, 43.0%
Glenfiddich

Thought to date from the 1980s, this is one of three in a set of Scotland's Royal Heritage ceramic decanters from Glenfiddich. Some versions of this particular one are labelled "Charles Edward…  More info

Glenfiddich Bonnie Prince Charlie Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s
$195.20

Cragganmore 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 6299) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Cragganmore

15 year old Cragganmore single malt, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. It was distilled in October 1999 (likely when everyone was making preparations for their Millennium party) and…  More info

Cragganmore 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 6299) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Tamdhu 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.1%
Tamdhu

This 2005 vintage Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky was bottled in 2014 for La Mainson du Whisky's The Ten selection. A first fill Oloroso Sherry cask-matured whisky from Tamdhu, bottled at 45.1% ABV…  More info

Tamdhu 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$59.58

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43.0%
Benromach

Give the gift of Benromach with this rather excellent set, featuring a 70cl bottle of their ace 10 Year Old expression (matured mostly in bourbon casks with some Sherry casks, and finished in Sherry…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$47.02

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

Superlative Speysider from Macallan, this astonishing 25 year old is one of the most revered whiskies in the world. It received a perfect 100 out of 100 score from the Beverage Testing Institute in…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak
15
$808.95

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