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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.

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Signatory chaps! It was in the summer of 1995 when this whisky was distilled, and was bottled by Signatory in the spring of 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A single cask Glenburgie here, bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in June 1995, aged in hogshead #6488 and bottled at 20 years old in January 2016. 336…  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6488) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$42.12

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

50cl, 52%
Glenlossie

It's the first batch of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label features a diagram of the onion-shaped stills that produce Glenlossie's whisky, but…  More info

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.4%
Tamdhu

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling from Hunter Laing of 25 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in September 1988, matured in a sherry butt for 25 years and bottled at natural…  More info

Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
1
$214.34

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Glen Keith

Distilled at Glen Keith (not Strathisla as originally believed) on 4th April 1973, Craigduff was an experimental peated malt. Matured for a staggering 40 years in a refill sherry butt, this release…  More info

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$405.88

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

This is a 19 year old Glenallachie single malt, drawn from two casks that were filled in October 1996 and cracked open in February 2016. It was bottled by the fine folks at Signatory, a fantastic…  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5243+5245) (Signatory)
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Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.4%
Longmorn

From top London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd comes this stunning single cask Longmorn, distilled in 1997 and aged for 14 years in cask 163310 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask…  More info

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$53.89

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.8%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky - this was matured in a wine seasoned barrel! After 18 years of ageing (from September 1997 to November 2015), it was…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$140.04

Glenrothes 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 14028) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.5%
Glenrothes

A single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1996, lovingly matured in a Sherry hogshead and bottled in 2014 at 55.5% ABV. Yummy Sherried Glenrothes - perfect…  More info

Glenrothes 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 14028) - Malts of Scotland

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l

100cl, 40%
Aberlour

A litre bottle of 15 year old Aberlour, this was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l
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The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

One of two new Master Distiller's releases from the summer of 2015, originally for travel retail. The Solera Reserve, like the others in the range, is made up of whiskies matured in ex-Sherry casks,…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted
1
$60.57

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3

70cl, 52.2%
Balvenie

David Stewart's new and larger plaything following the success of marrying tun 1401, Tun 1509 is now providing its third release! For this batch he selected 12 Sherry butts with vintages varying from…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3
1
$277.82

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A first fill sherry hogshead matured 1964 vintage from the Strathisla distillery. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Nicely smoky, the sherry provides great balance.  More info

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was aged in a refill Sherry butt for 18 years, from October 1997 to February 2016, and has been bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$52.32

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.1%
Glenburgie

The second batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived. The label shows a giant searching the Glenburgie distillery for…  More info

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Allt-á-Bhainne

This is an independent bottling of Allt-à-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from November 1995. It was independently bottled at 18 years old by Langside for their…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$74.10

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Folio 1 was only available from the distillery and limited to 2,000 bottles. It celebrates the distillery's 1980s (and early '90s) advertisements with a book and USB stick all presented in a…  More info

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1
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$606.04

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

A rather interesting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was distilled in 1986, which was the same year that the distillery closed for the third time during…  More info

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The 2001 vintage Cragganmore Distillers Edition, which was finished in Port wood casks for an intriguing depth of flavour. A top expression from the Classic Malts range and the Cragganmore distillery…  More info

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$58.64

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)

100cl, 49.9%
The Macallan

Well-known fashion photographer Mario Testino is Macallan's fifth Master of Photography (previous Masters of Photography include Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson). For his…  More info

Macallan Masters of Photography - Mario Testino (Yellow Print)
$2,102.70

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval, yum yum yum! This little rascal comes to us from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. it was distilled in September 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead. 16 years later,…  More info

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 53.4%
Glenfarclas

The hits keep on coming from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. Part of their Summer 2014 release, this is a 1988 vintage single malt, matured in a refill Sherry butt (#434) until March 2014. 603 of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$270.19

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$615.34

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

In honour of 125 years of whisky production, Glenfiddich released this limited edition single malt Scotch whisky in 2012. For this expression, the chaps at Glenfiddich have used a combination of…  More info

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
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$157.78

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