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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 1975 (cask 5040) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.10%
Glenfarclas

From the Autumn 2014 Glenfarclas Family Cask release comes a 1975 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask (#5040). Within that cask this whisky slumbered until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 5040) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$844.69

The Macallan Royal Marriage - 1981

75cl, 43%
The Macallan

A marriage of whiskies distilled in 1948 and 1961, the years that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were born. It was bottled and released in 1981, of course, the year of the Royal wedding. This…  More info

The Macallan Royal Marriage - 1981
$4133.44

Smiths Glenlivet 1966 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1966 Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's Distillery Range. Perfect for reminiscing about a certain World Cup victory...  More info

Smiths Glenlivet 1966 (Gordon & Macphail)
$664.56

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 57.80%
Glenfarclas

From the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask range comes a 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt - cask #1, in fact! Ain't that somethin'! It was matured in said cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$251.99

Floral Trellis 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Tormore)

70cl, 46%
Tormore

A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the picturesque Tormore distillery in Speyside, bottled by Wemyss. It aged in a single barrel from 1988 to 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Floral Trellis 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Tormore)
$128.61

Glen Grant 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1963 and matured in refill sherry casks, this is a light Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who suggest this as an aperitif.  More info

Glen Grant 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$757.11

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.60%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned whisky distilleries. Distilled in the fantastic year 1996, this whisky was left to mature in…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$315.97

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 10298) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.30%
Glen Moray

Having matured for 22 years, the single whisky in cask 10298 was deemed spectacular enough to join Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range of single cask bottlings. A limited release of 256 shiny bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 10298) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$127.61

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 762990) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.80%
Linkwood

Spending a secondary maturation period in a small 50 litre cask, this 21 year old Linkwood from Duncan Taylor has an outturn of just 64 bottles!  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 762990) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$113.82

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Imperial

Single malt Scotch whisky from a distillery that was closed for 60% of its century or so long history. (Imperial is now one of the many sadly closed distilleries of Scotland.) Filled back on 21st…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$89.52

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Allt-á-Bhainne single malt, bottled by WM Cadenhead. This 22 year old Speyside whisky was distilled in 1992 and left to mature in bourbon barrels until 2015, when it was bottled for the Small Batch…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$73.65

Glendullan 1999 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glendullan

From the Glendullan distillery in Dufftown comes a 1999 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in first fill bourbon barrels and refill Sherry hogsheads. Gordon & MacPhail bottled it in 2013 and…  More info

Glendullan 1999 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$47.34

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.50%
Aultmore

Sharks and Velociraptors. An eternal rivalry which goes back to the dawn of the time. Though many have since forgotten this endless conflict, That Boutique-y Whisky Company document it in wonderful…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Glenlossie 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 10061) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Glenlossie

A stunning Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the ever-popular Old Particular range from Douglas Laing. Bottled at 51.5% abv, this 20 year old single cask treat is rather exciting…  More info

Glenlossie 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 10061) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.41

Dailuaine 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10942) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Distilled in Autumn 2004 and bottled in Autumn 2015, this 11 year old single cask Dailuaine is from the Provenance range and was matured in a refill ex-Sherry cask.  More info

Dailuaine 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10942) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$46.76

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

An independently (and snazzily) bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Longmorn distillery, presented by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Distillery Labels series, which sees well-known…  More info

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$59.87

Dailuaine 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10044) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dailuaine

Lovely Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky! You don't see a lot of their whiskies as single malts as most of it ends up in Johnnie Walker blends. This 15 year old expression matured in a bourbon…  More info

Dailuaine 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10044) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.95

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 1

70cl, 47.10%
Balvenie

After nine batches of their very popular Tun 1401 series, Balvenie decided a bigger marrying tun was needed. Tun 1509 holds four times as much liquid - ample room to marry their whisky together. This…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 1
$440.84

Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A collectible old bottling of Glenfiddich, presented as part of their neat Clans of the Highlands series, which showed off the different clans of Scotland on the presentation tins. This one is the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$132.22

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8

70cl, 50.20%
Balvenie

Ah, marrying tun 1401. This is where David Stewart weaves some of his finest magic, selecting only the very best casks The Balvenie has to offer to produce some of their rarest and finest…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 8
3
$440.90

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.10%
Glenlossie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, presented as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. You don't often hear much about Glenlossie, so it's always a…  More info

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$77.42

Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old

70cl, 52.50%
Kininvie

The Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old was an exclusive release from William Grant and Sons, produced in celebration of the 105th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts, granddaughter of William Grant. This was the…  More info

Hazelwood 105 15 Year Old
$655.83

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 25756) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.10%
Miltonduff

Just 171 bottles were filled when this rare Mosstowie from Miltonduff was poured out of its single ex-bourbon cask home on 15 May 2015. It had been in there, getting all yummy, since 30th November…  More info

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 25756) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$253.68

Bitter Sweet Barley 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1997 to 2015. It was bottled by the folks at Wemyss Malts - 291 bottles were produced. This release has been given the…  More info

Bitter Sweet Barley 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)
$77.74

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - late 1970s

100cl, 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 1l - late 1970s
$198.41

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