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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.

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 898301) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.40%
Glenlossie

Discover the wonders of what tiny casks can do to a whisky with this Duncan Taylor Octave bottling of 22 year old Glenlossie. It distilled in 1992 and was treated to a finishing period of 7 months in…  More info

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 898301) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$134.24

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.10%
Glenfarclas

A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$466.26

Macallan 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10161) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.80%
The Macallan

Independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range, this single cask Macallan was matured for 21 years. It was distilled in October 1992 and left to age in a Sherry cask until September 2014,…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10161) - Mackillop's Choice
$303.24

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

This is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Linkwood in 1997, and left to age in bourbon casks for 18 years, until 2015. It was then bottled by WM Cadenhead, a long-running independent whisky…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$72.55

Macallan 1970 - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

This 1970 Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a sherry butt, has been bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Speymalt series, a collection of whiskies which honour the…  More info

Macallan 1970 - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$857.47

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$74.52

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

The entry level bottling from the illustrious Glenlivet distillery at Speyside's heart, aged for 12 years. The archetypal Speyside dram, honey and orchard fruit driven.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
200
$48.94

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 6079) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.50%
Mortlach

A good chance to get your hands of some rather well-aged Mortlach single malt right here with this Cask Strength Collection bottling from Signatory. It was distilled in September 1990 and set aside…  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 6079) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$144.26

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989

70cl, 57.50%
Pittyvaich

Part of Diageo's 2009 Special Releases. This 20 year old comes at cask strength, and is part of a limited release of 6,000 bottles.  More info

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989
$202.07

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 58%
Convalmore

A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,680 sought after, natural cask strength bottles are available as part…  More info

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)
1
$802.40

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is a rich 19 year old single malt matured in oak casks previously used to age fine Madeira wine. This has created an earthy, distinctive whisky with a full bodied yet…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish
8
$153.14

Strathmill 32 Year Old 1983 (cask 10912) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51%
Strathmill

258 bottles of this Strathmill malt whisky were filled from a single refill butt at a natural cask strength of 51% abv after more than 32 years maturing (June 1983 - September 2015).  More info

Strathmill 32 Year Old 1983 (cask 10912) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$196.30

Glenburgie 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10222) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenburgie

In December 2013 449 bottles of delicious Glenburgie single malt were filled from a single Sherry butt at a strength of 50% abv. 'Twas the work of that there Hunter Laing you see, as the whisky was…  More info

Glenburgie 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10222) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$90.95

Longmorn 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 105069) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.60%
Longmorn

The Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor showcases lots of fantastic single cask Scotch whisky that has been aged very well and bottled at natural cask strength, like this 17 year old Longmorn. Just…  More info

Longmorn 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 105069) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$117.24

Glentauchers 16 Year Old 1996 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.30%
Glentauchers

This Glentauchers has been bottled at cask strength from a cask filled in 1996 by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range.  More info

Glentauchers 16 Year Old 1996 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$116.60

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.20%
Imperial

Part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this 20 year old single malt from the closed and now demolished Imperial distillery comes from two consecutive hogsheads. Distilled on 18th September…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$99.79

Glen Elgin 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 1650) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.90%
Glen Elgin

An A. D. Rattray bottling of Glen Elgin single malt, matured in a single bourbon hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in October 1995, the year the distillery was reopened after the installation…  More info

Glen Elgin 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 1650) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$87.34

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, matured in a single Sherry butt from 2008 to 2015. This comes to us via the Hepburn's Choice range from Langside Distillers. 389 bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.28

Balvenie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 5365) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One

70cl, 60.70%
Balvenie

The DCS set celebrates the life's work of David Charles Stewart, Balvenie Malt Master, with 25 whiskies (over 5 'chapters'), which will be worth over £125,000 in total! Each chapter features five…  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 5365) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
$851.41

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 10924) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 51.80%
Strathmill

Released for Càrn Mòr's Celebration of the Cask range, this is a 23 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon barrel. It was distilled in March 1992 ans bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 10924) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
1
$122.16

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.30%
Aberlour

Bottled by our fair hands here at Master of Malt, this is a single cask release of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and matured for 20 years in cask 4955. There was an outturn of…  More info

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 Slow Matured

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A succulent Knockando single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and matured for at least 18 years in Sherry casks. Brimming with Sherry-soaked raisin, fresh almond and brown sugar notes, with a…  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 Slow Matured
$73.44

The Glenlivet Alpha

70cl, 50%
The Glenlivet

Here, we have something unique. A limited release of 3,350 bottles (only 600 in the UK!) of pure mystery and intrigue. The label says "from The Glenlivet Distillery", and at this point that's all…  More info

The Glenlivet Alpha
8
$244.94

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 1357) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.10%
Miltonduff

A Signatory bottling of 35 year old Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled using the Miltonduff Lomond stills in February 1979. It was left to age in a single bourbon barrel for 35 years…  More info

Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 1357) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$299.54

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 5

70cl, 50.10%
Balvenie

The Balvenie Tun 1401 is the almighty plaything of esteemed master blender David Stewart. The Balvenie Tun 1401 is a vat, which for the uninitiated is like a barrel on steroids... or imagine the…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 5
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