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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 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.4%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1988, matured in a single refill Sherry hogsheads and bottled on 2nd December 2014, this Glenfarclas is part of the distillery's Spring 2015 Family Cask Releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$291.07

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$441.05

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated

70cl, 53%
BenRiach

Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outturn of 511 bottles, this is a 40 year old peated BenRiach single malt!  More info

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated
$600.95

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.6%
Glenfarclas

Ah, Glenfarclas Family Casks. Glorious whiskies. Dream whiskies. Here we have one distilled back in 1966 and bottled in December 2015 after almost half a century in a single Sherry butt! Part of the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3541.87

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A neat gift pack for the folks who love to enjoy whisky alongside food! This set contains a 70cl bottle of Knockando's 15 year old 1997 single malt, 4 glasses from which to enjoy the whisky and a…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$47.88

BenRiach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5959) - Madeira Cask Finish

70cl, 53.9%
BenRiach

20 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery, released for their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. These excellent distillers are known for using a selection of interesting finishes for…  More info

BenRiach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5959) - Madeira Cask Finish
$133.63

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Super Sherried Macallan 18 year old, now carrying a release year rather than a vintage. This is the 2016 release of this sought-after whisky.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release
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$161.03

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 49.1%
The Macallan

19 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Cask Collection range by A. D. Rattray. This one has been matured in a bourbon cask from October 1995 to September 2015, and was then…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

BenRiach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 6896) - Burgundy Cask Finish

70cl, 50.6%
BenRiach

This is a single cask bottling of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, finished in a barrel which previous held Burgundy wine. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2016 with an outturn…  More info

BenRiach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 6896) - Burgundy Cask Finish
$174.99

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.7%
Glen Moray

An utterly delicious 21 year old from the Speyside distillery of Glen Moray in Elgin. There was an outturn of 260 fruity bottles at a natural cask strength of 60.7%!  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenlossie 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.4%
Glenlossie

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, matured in a refill Sherry cask for 25 years - from June 1990 to October 2015. This has been presented as part of…  More info

Glenlossie 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$164.32

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old 44.8%

70cl, 44.8%
Glenglassaugh

The Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old was the first release from the distillery after the new owners took the reins in 2013, and they certainly started off on the right foot. It is presented in a rather…  More info

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old 44.8%
3
$227.56

BenRiach 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 4004) - Peated, Tokaj Cask Finish

70cl, 55.1%
BenRiach

A very interesting bottling here from BenRiach - a peated single malt which has been finished in casks which previously held Tokaj wine! This one was distilled in May 1994 and bottled in June 2016…  More info

BenRiach 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 4004) - Peated, Tokaj Cask Finish
$128.96

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

Lots of sherry and fruit in this, Glenfarclas 12 was originally bottled for export and travel retail markets. In 2006, it was named the "Best Sherried Whisky" in the Single Malt World Cup, and in…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
28
$39.02

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

50cl, 47.9%
Glenrothes

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky features the Rothes Cemetery (which is next door to the distillery), with its gravestones turning black from the…  More info

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

Glenfarclas 35 Year Old 1981 Port Cask - Family Collector Series IV

70cl, 47.9%
Glenfarclas

This is the fourth release in the Glenfarclas Family Collector Series - a 35 year old Port cask matured single malt which was distilled in January 1981 and bottled in May 2016. Glenfarclas are well…  More info

Glenfarclas 35 Year Old 1981 Port Cask - Family Collector Series IV
$631.01

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamnavulin

A single cask Tamnavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1993, the same year that Whyte & Mackay became owners of the distillery. It was left to age in a refill butt for 21 years,…  More info

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
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Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Signatory chaps! It was in the summer of 1995 when this whisky was distilled, and was bottled by Signatory in the spring of 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A single cask Glenburgie here, bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in June 1995, aged in hogshead #6488 and bottled at 20 years old in January 2016. 336…  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$42.38

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

50cl, 52%
Glenlossie

It's the first batch of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label features a diagram of the onion-shaped stills that produce Glenlossie's whisky, but…  More info

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.4%
Tamdhu

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling from Hunter Laing of 25 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in September 1988, matured in a sherry butt for 25 years and bottled at natural…  More info

Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
1
$215.67

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Glen Keith

Distilled at Glen Keith (not Strathisla as originally believed) on 4th April 1973, Craigduff was an experimental peated malt. Matured for a staggering 40 years in a refill sherry butt, this release…  More info

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$408.40

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

This is a 19 year old Glenallachie single malt, drawn from two casks that were filled in October 1996 and cracked open in February 2016. It was bottled by the fine folks at Signatory, a fantastic…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)
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Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.4%
Longmorn

From top London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd comes this stunning single cask Longmorn, distilled in 1997 and aged for 14 years in cask 163310 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask…  More info

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$54.23

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.8%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky - this was matured in a wine seasoned barrel! After 18 years of ageing (from September 1997 to November 2015), it was…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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