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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 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 55.90%
Glenfarclas

This is a Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled way back in 1991. It was left to age in a single refill Sherry hogshead until July 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$307.68

Macduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 198) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 55.40%
Macduff

A Gleann Mór bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, matured in a single cask from August 2000 to January 2016. Presented as part of their A Rare Find range, 193 bottles…  More info

Macduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 198) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$103.61

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1956 Oloroso Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series II

70cl, 47.50%
Glenfarclas

This is the second release in a series of six very special bottlings from the legendary Glenfarclas distillery, the first of which featured a 47 year old single malt matured in 3 Fine Sherry casks.…  More info

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1956 Oloroso Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series II
$2254.45

Glen Moray 11 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

The Provenance collection from Douglas Laing celebrates the seasons in which the whisky is distilled. This yummy 11 year old Glen Moray single malt was distilled in Autumn 2001 and bottled in Summer…  More info

Glen Moray 11 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$53.55

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Carnoustie) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Another entry in Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series from the 1980s - this one with a presentation tin featuring Carnoustie in Angus! Much sought after by collectors, these are.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Carnoustie) - 1980s
$145.07

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1768) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.50%
Glenfarclas

An exceptionally well-matured entry in the Glenfarclas Family Casks range, this single malt Scotch whisky was distilled all the way back in 1956! It matured in a single Sherry hogshead until July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1768) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$2732.31

Strathisla 19 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 58.90%
Strathisla

Cask strength Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength range. This Speysider was distilled in January 1995 and left to mature for 19 years until August…  More info

Strathisla 19 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)
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$70.91

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the closed Caperdonich distillery in Speyside comes this supreme single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled all the way back in 1972, when we first got a taste for the video-game Pong in the…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
1
$1340.56

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2013) - The Macphail's Collection

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

Tamdhu reopened in 2012, having been mothballed back in 2009, but this whisky was distilled back in 1971. Back then, the distillery only has a single pair of stills, Apollo 14 was landing on the moon…  More info

Tamdhu 1971 (bottled 2013) - The Macphail's Collection
$519.84

BenRiach 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 1031) - Moscatel Cask Finish

70cl, 54.90%
BenRiach

A 36 year old (!) single cask BenRiach, distilled in 1977 and finished in a Moscatel wine hogshead before bottling in June 2013. The outturn was 281 bottles.  More info

BenRiach 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 1031) - Moscatel Cask Finish
$441.45

Braes Of Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10350) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 60.30%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This is a bottling of single malt from the Braeval distillery, which was distilled in May 1989, back when they were still known as Braes of Glenlivet; they changed their name in 1994. The whisky…  More info

Braes Of Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10350) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$193.99

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old & "101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die" (Ian Buxton)

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A handsome gift set containing a bottle of 21 year old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky and Ian Buxton's excellent book '101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die'.  More info

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old &
$104.91

Glenburgie 16 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Glenburgie

A classic malt in blends, but also very tasty when enjoyed as a single malt, Glenburgie is a wonderful Speyside distillery which certainly should get more attention than it does. This is an…  More info

Glenburgie 16 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$83.20

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1993 (cask 97135) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 55.20%
Glen Keith

This is an independent bottling of Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd, those talented veterans of the drinks world. The whisky was matured in a single cask for 20…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1993 (cask 97135) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$104.22

Macallan 1973 (bottled 2015) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range, which comprises of single malts of various vintages from the Macallan distillery, this is a long-aged whisky from the distillery in Speyside.…  More info

Macallan 1973 (bottled 2015) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$606.81

Macallan 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 17894) - The Pearls of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 46%
The Macallan

If somebody offers you a golden pearl, they either don't know very much about oysters, or they're offering you some of the very finest whisky amongst the Pearls of Scotland bottlings. This 25 year…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 17894) - The Pearls of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)
$545.74

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 52

70cl, 60.50%
Aberlour

If 52 is your lucky number and you love super Sherried whiskies, this will be just the thing for you - the 52nd batch of Aberlour's amazing A'Bunadh single malt Scotch whisky. Bottled at cask…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 52
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$48.76

BenRiach 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 5469) Bourbon Cask Finish

70cl, 41.70%
BenRiach

A 36 year old unpeated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was initially matured in Sherry cask before being transferred over to a bourbon cask to finish. This gorgeous Speysider was distilled…  More info

BenRiach 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 5469) Bourbon Cask Finish
$464.50

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1803) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1

70cl, 41.60%
Glenglassaugh

35 year old Glenglassaugh single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their first batch of Rare Cask Releases. This particular expression was distilled in October 1978 and bottled in February 2014…  More info

Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1803) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1
$441.26

Macallan 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 10783) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.70%
The Macallan

30 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for well-aged, rare whiskies (and this certainly fits the bill…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 10783) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$862.64

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 - (Gordon and Macphail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe,…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 - (Gordon and Macphail)
$3287.71

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 3406) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

18 year old Mortlach, bottled for the Coppers Choice range. This classic Speyside distillery is known for their rather powerful, meaty expressions, perfect for enjoying as a digestif. This one was…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 3406) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.54

Glen Deveron 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

Glen Deveron is distilled at the Macduff distillery in the Eastern Highlands, although independent bottlings are often named Macduff the distillery bottling tend to be labelled Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 15 Year Old
$54.56

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.80%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$160.64

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.20%
Linkwood

26 year old 1989 vintage ex-Sherry cask matured Linkwood bottled by WM Cadenhead in 2015! 324 bottles were produced as part of their Small Batch range.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (WM Cadenhead)
$151.50

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