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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.

The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%
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
25
$806.83

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt from Signatory matured in two consecutive hogshead casks. Distilled on 27th September and bottled on 26th November 2015.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10793) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Glen Keith

This is an Old Particular bottling of 21 year odl Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from September 1993 to May 2015. During that time, the distillery had been…  More info

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10793) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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

70cl, 49.10%
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)

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A rare 50cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt single malt Scotch whisky! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 50cl - 1980s
$84.37

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Red Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

The fifth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography features the work of Mario Testino, the esteemed fashion photographer. For the series, he's created four different prints of an elegant party,…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Red Print)
$2157.81

Glen Moray 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 708671) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 45.70%
Glen Moray

This is a Duncan Taylor Single bottling of 26 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Sherry oak cask. It was distilled back in February 1988 and bottled in January 2015 by Duncan…  More info

Glen Moray 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 708671) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 75cl - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich distillery in the Speyside region is one of the most well-known and well-respected Scotch whisky distilleries around the world. This rare bottle of their Glenfiddich Pure Malt from…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 75cl - 1970s
$194.69

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

Bottled for Signatory's does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Un-Chillfiltered Collection, this is a 19 year old Glen Elgin matured in a single hogshead from October 1995 to April 2015.  More info

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another corker from Wemyss. Distilled in 1988 and aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. Ginger spice abounds. Can't help but think they've got the flavour descriptor bob on here. 660 bottles…  More info

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$123.86

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 47%
Glenfarclas

The 1984 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the fabulous Glenfarclas Family Cask range. It was matured in plain hogshead #6032 until March 2014. 211 bottled were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$1833.33

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Green Print)

100cl, 49.90%
The Macallan

For the fifth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography series, renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino has produced four fantastic prints, each slightly different and each with a focus on a…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Green Print)
$2157.81

Tormore 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tormore

The Tormore 14 Year Old was introduced to the distillery's core range in early 2014 (alongside a 16 Year Old bottling too). Don't often hear much from Tormore, but they do put out some wonderful…  More info

Tormore 14 Year Old
$52.94

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 3450) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.10%
Glenlossie

A 22 year old Glenlossie bottled at natural cask strength by Signatory. Matured in a single hogshead, 258 bottles were produced in late 2015.  More info

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 3450) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 120578) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.30%
Glen Keith

This is an independent bottling of 23 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon barrel. This was distilled in October 1992 and bottled by Signatory in February 2016,…  More info

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 120578) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A tasty indie Mortlach here, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It's an 8 year old single malt from the "Beast of Dufftown", matured in a refill hogshead from February 2008 to…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1047) - Moscatel Cask Finish

70cl, 51.10%
BenRiach

A 35 year old BenRiach taken from a single cask with only 253 bottles produced at natural cask strength. The final part of the maturation period was spent in a Moscatel wine hogshead.  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1047) - Moscatel Cask Finish
$372.51

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #04 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Longmorn

Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014 for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, which is arranged in order from the lightest, most gentle whiskies to the most…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #04 (La Maison du Whisky)
$43.43

Braeval 1994 (bottled 2015) (cask 165657) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independently bottled Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Samaroli. A sweet though subtly vegetal whisky, which has been beautifully presented indeed.  More info

Braeval 1994 (bottled 2015) (cask 165657) - Samaroli
$157.41

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s 43%

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling at 43% from Glenfiddich's Clans of the Highlands range. This one is dedicated to Clandy Murray's family... Alright it's actually Sir Mungo Jerry Murray, son of the 2nd Earl of Atholl…  More info

Glenfiddich
$129.79

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An independent bottling of 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two hogshead casks. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 725 bottles, presented by…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
1

Craigellachie 10 Year Old 2003 (Cask 10180) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance series, which celebrates the seasons of whisky making. This tasty expression is…  More info

Craigellachie 10 Year Old 2003 (Cask 10180) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A rare, well aged whisky from The Macallan Fine Oak Range. This 30 year old Speyside was matured in a mix of specially selected European and American oak casks.  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak
8
$1509.87

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.20%
Glen Elgin

A Signatory bottling of Glen Elgin single malt matured for almost 25 years in a single bourbon barrel. Distilled on 29th November 1990 and bottled on 3rd November 2015, the outturn at natural cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 7180 & 7184) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Dailuaine single malt matured in two hogshead casks for 18 years from May 1997 to January 2016 and bottled by Signatory Vintage.  More info

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 7180 & 7184) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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