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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.

Cardhu 21 Year Old 1991 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%
Cardhu

The second release of Cardhu as one of Diageo's popular Special Releases, this 21 year old Speyside single malt was matured in bourbon casks. Fewer than 6,000 natural cask strength bottles are…  More info

Cardhu 21 Year Old 1991 (2013 Special Release)
$181.94

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glentauchers

A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentuachers distillery! This has been independently bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli. Beautifully presented, we might add.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli
$128.00

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

An independently bottled Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 8 years. It was distilled in autumn 2006 and set aside to mature until autumn 2014, when it was then bottled…  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Benriach 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 5462) - Peated, Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 53.8%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky distilled in November 1976 and matured for over 39 years! Finished in a single Tawny Port hogshead the outturn was 291 extraordinary bottles in June 2016.  More info

Benriach 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 5462) - Peated, Tawny Port Cask Finish
$616.74

Banff 40 Year Old 1975 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 40.6%
Banff

An independent bottling of rare single malt Scotch whisky from the long-closed Banff distillery, aged in a refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from November 1975 to July 2016. 122 bottles were…  More info

Banff 40 Year Old 1975 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$861.20

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 4334) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 54.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1986 vintage single malt from Glenfarclas' Family Cask range, matured in a refill Sherry butt until August 2015, when it was bottled for their Winter 2015 release. 536 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 4334) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$430.91

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$33.87

Cardhu 27 Year Old 1984 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.1%
Cardhu

A 1984 single cask Cardhu, bottled at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their wonderful Octave cask range of whiskies finished in smaller "Octave" casks. This gives the maturing spirit…  More info

Cardhu 27 Year Old 1984 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

An 8 year old Glenlivet, matured in a first fill Sherry butt from March 2007 to June 2015. This comes presented by new independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection -…  More info

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)
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$48.33

Blended Malt #1 - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54%
Balvenie

This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the…  More info

Blended Malt #1 -  Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Balvenie 17 Year Old Islay Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This right here is a rather rare bottle of Balvenie's 17 Year Old Islay Cask! This expression featured whisky which was matured for at least 17 years and then transferred over to casks which…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old Islay Cask

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Get stuck in to some delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in March 2007, matured for 9 years in a refill butt and…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11483)

70cl, 43.8%
Glenrothes

Very well-matured single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, distilled in 1969, matured in cask #11483 and bottled in January 2014. Only 69 bottles were produced, and have been very handsomely…  More info

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11483)
$4,107.41

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2905) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.6%
Balmenach

A single cask bottling of Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 26 years in a hogshead. This was distilled in October 1988 and allowed to mature for just over a quarter of a century, until…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2905) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$105.82

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11404) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Speyside

A Sherried Speyside single cask single malt! Yes, this Old Malt Cask bottling features whisky distilled by the Speyside distillery and drawn from a single Sherry butt. Cask #11404 was filled in…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11404) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenallachie 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 0940) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, aged in a refill Sherry cask for 23 years. It was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013 by The Vintage Malt Whisky…  More info

Glenallachie 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 0940) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.20

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1152) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

An Un-Chillfiltered Collection bottling of Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a single hogshead cask, from October 1995 to November 2015. You don't see enough Glen Elgin these…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 1152) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$52.61

Tomintoul 30 Year Old 1985 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48.7%
Tomintoul

A 30 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. This was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of 246 bottles.  More info

Tomintoul 30 Year Old 1985 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$156.82

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,336.26

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill butt for 14 years until it was bottled at 50% ABV. It was distilled…  More info

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
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Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1987 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glen Moray

A gorgeous Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, presented at 25 years old and finished in Port casks for an extra helping of sweet, wine-like complexities. A superbly aged Speysider.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1987 Port Cask Finish
$150.20

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 65) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 58.2%
Speyside

Single cask single malt here from the Speyside distillery (in Speyside, obviously), which slumbered in a hogshead cask for 22 years. It was distilled in April 1994 and bottled in May 2016 at 58.2%…  More info

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 65) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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$99.33

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 190 & 191) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is a Signatory bottling of single malt from the Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that aged the whisky for 20 years. These casks were filled in July 1996 and opened in…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 190 & 191) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$54.32

Darkness! Glenburgie 20 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 51.4%
Glenburgie

Fruity Glenburgie single malt placed in a small 50 litre ex-Pedro Ximénez cask for its final 6 months of maturation for more rich, fruity goodness.  More info

Darkness! Glenburgie 20 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
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$97.59

Strathisla 18 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.9%
Strathisla

A Small Batch Cadenhead bottling of 18 year old Strathisla single malt, distilled in 1997 and bottled 18 years later in 2016. A release of 774 bottles.  More info

Strathisla 18 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$69.96

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