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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.

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old - Family Collector Series III

70cl, 41.10%
Glenfarclas

This third release marks the halfway point in Glenfarclas' stunning Family Collector Series. A 50 year old matured in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, 937 bottles non-chillfiltered bottles have been produced…  More info

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old - Family Collector Series III
$2025.37

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Tormore

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tormore distillery, bottled back in the 1980s. This was back when they still used the 'Glenlivet' suffix - as did many other distilleries, though this…  More info

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s
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$131.38

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is Mortlach was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This whisky is bottled at 46%abv without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$87.23

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.10%
BenRiach

29 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released for the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1986, a year after BenRiach increased their number of stills from two to four, and…  More info

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1986 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$152.95

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)

70cl, 54.60%
Longmorn

A 25 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery in the Speyside region, matured in bourbon casks from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead with an ABV…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)
$99.82

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Sauternes Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Strictly 1 Per Customer! 15 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, firstly matured in American oak bourbon barrels, and then finished in Sauternes casks from the Bordeaux region. This…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Sauternes Cask Finish)
2
$58.23

Aberlour - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.20%
Aberlour

The third batch of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, once again features the the world famous 'Mash Tun' whisky bar and hotel on its label. It also still…  More info

Aberlour - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A gift pack from the ace Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, containing a 70cl bottle of the Select Reserve and two branded tumblers to enjoy said whisky from.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$43.42

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The jewel in the crown of The Macallan's 1824 Series is erm, a Ruby! With the darkest hue in a no age statement range where colour is king, Ruby has spent the longest time in only the very finest…  More info

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series
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Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)
$39.36

Tormore 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3877 + 3887) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Tormore

An indie bottling of Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a pair of hogshead casks. Those casks were filled in April 1995 and cracked open in May 2015 by the folks at Signatory.  More info

Tormore 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3877 + 3887) (Signatory)
$46.89

Tormore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tormore

A delightful little 12 year old dram from the Speyside distillery, Tormore.  More info

Tormore 12 Year Old
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$43.73

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Imperial

An Imperial single malt Scotch whisky from Signatory's impressive Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in two hogsheads for 20 years. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$97.97

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 447783) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.70%
Glen Grant

This is a 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Grant distillery, bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Octave range. For these whiskies, Duncan Taylor finish them in small octave casks,…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 447783) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$106.65

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9454) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.10%
The Glenlivet

This was distilled at Glenlivet in 1981 before a 34 year maturation in a single cask (number 9458). It was bottled in February 2016 for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9454) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$312.50

Smith's Glenlivet 1977

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1977 vintage Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their distillery label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1977
$364.29

Macduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 7869 & 7872) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%
Macduff

This here in a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Macduff single malt, drawn from 2 hogshead casks which were filled in March 1995 and bottled in June 2015. 479 bottles were produced.  More info

Macduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 7869 & 7872) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$82.44

The Macallan 1997 18 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Here it is, Macallan fans - the 1997 vintage Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak single malt Scotch whisky. Matured in Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain.  More info

The Macallan 1997 18 Year Old Sherry Oak
$164.22

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$575.80

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 15 year old from BenRiach. This Speysider was initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in casks from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain,…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish)
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Smith's Glenlivet 1967 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This Glenlivet was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail’s Distillery Range and is an impressively aged whisky from the famous distillery of Glenlivet.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1967 (Gordon & Macphail)
$625.06

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Dufftown

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June…  More info

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$83.30

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 1354) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 51.10%
Miltonduff

From La Maison du Whisky's 4th edition of their Artist series comes a single malt Scotch whisky from the Lomond stills at the Miltonduff distillery, therefore released under the Mosstowie name. It…  More info

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 1354) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
$270.36

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53

70cl, 59.70%
Aberlour

Another fantastic batch of Aberlour's A'Bunadh, which means 'the original’ in Gaelic, matured exclusively in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts. Batch 53 has an abv of 59.7%.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53
15
$44.16

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 5042) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.40%
Miltonduff

Mosstowie is a style of single malt distilled in the Lomond stills at Miltonduff for a period of just 17 years. This independent bottling was matured in a single bourbon barrel for over three and a…  More info

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 5042) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$262.64

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