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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 10 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An bottling of 10 year old single malt from the highly-regarded Macallan distillery in Speyside, which we believe to have been released in the 1990s. A handsome collectable bottle for a Macallan…  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old - 1990s
$234.69

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

50cl, 48.2%
BenRiach

The BenRiach distillery was moth-balled at the start of the 21st century and re-opened in 2004. The distillery tends to sell only to small or independent distributors, in keeping with the spirit of…  More info

BenRiach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Aultmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.4%
Aultmore

Aultmore is Gaelic for 'Big Burn' and is a popular blending whisky, however it also makes for a great single malt and 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company' snapped up some for this delicious…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.7%
Dailuaine

A 24 year old Dailuaine, which has been allowed to age in a single bourbon barrel from March 1992 to May 2016. It was independently bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of the Celebration of the Cask range,…  More info

Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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

50cl, 47.8%
Tomintoul

Ah! Another single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company with a cocktail recipe on the label! This time, the recipe comes from the truly excellent, award winning Bramble Bar in Edinburgh, courtesy…  More info

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

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish

70cl, 44.5%
Glenglassaugh

Aged for over four decades, this Glenglassaugh single malt is certainly well matured. It sits at 41 years of age, including a finishing period in a Sherry puncheon from the Massandra winery, which…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish
$573.75

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

50cl, 48.9%
Benrinnes

This is 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company's' first Benrinnes. This indomitable distillery has suffered floods, fires and bankruptcy yet has soldiered on and still producers fine malt whisky to this…  More info

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

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.3%
Glenfarclas

Another incredible Family Cask release from Glenfarclas' enviable inventory and Single Cask Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016! Just 159 bottles were produced from the ex-Sherry…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$4,167.92

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.8%
Tormore

A 1999 vintage Tormore single malt matured in three first fill bourbon barrels (4737, 4739 and 4740) and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Cask Strength range.  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%
Balmenach

An independently bottled Balmenach single malt, aged for 27 years in a single hogshead cask. Said hoggie was filled in October 1988 and opened in 2016 by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 55.8%
Ardmore

This is an independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from May 2000 to September 2015. It has been bottled at 55.8% ABV with an outturn of 223 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$81.30

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.3%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of single cask Glen Moray selected for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Single Range, all of which come presented with these handsome leather and hardwood cases.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 9416) (Adelphi)

70cl, 53.4%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt, distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 by Adelphi. 190 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 9416) (Adelphi)
$131.43

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 43.9%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the second batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh distillery, this extraordinary 40 year old malt was and finished in a single Massandra Madeira puncheon hand selected by Billy Walker…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
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$589.45

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

This Glen Grant was made to commemorate Glen Grant's 170th anniversary.  More info

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition
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$113.40

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Mortlach

381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing's…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$55.14

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s

113cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1.125l - 1980s
$225.35

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Cragganmore

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt distilled in April 1985 and independently bottled in October 2015 by the folks at Hunter Laing. The Old & Rare Platinum range is…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$308.68

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.8%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
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Glen Moray 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 5454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 60.9%
Glen Moray

Yummy whisky from Glen Moray! This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Glen Moray single malt, matured in a bourbon cask from November 2007 to July 2016. Following that, it was independently…  More info

Glen Moray 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 5454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$53.16

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 48.8%
BenRiach

A BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. This one (a 37 year old) was given a finishing period in a Tawny Port hogshead before being…  More info

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$473.56

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 22) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 61.3%
Speyside

Single cask Speyside single malt here, aged in a Sherry butt. In fact, it was aged in Sherry butt #22 for 22 years! Coincidence? Conspiracy?! Who knows. What we do know is that said Sherry cask was…  More info

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 22) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$100.81

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenrothes

Sherry cask matured Glenrothes from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled February 2005 and disgorged from the single cask in December 2015, the outturn was 715 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$58.78

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
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Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, matured in a single butt cask from 1988 to 2015, and was then bottled by Wemyss Malts. They've given it a name based on its flavour profile and inspired…  More info

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$138.60

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