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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.

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.1%
The Glenlivet

An indie bottling of 29 year old Glenlivet single malt, drawn from cask #13503 which was laid down in 1978 and cracked open in 2008. It was independently bottled by Adelphi with a very small outturn…  More info

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)
$280.21

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.7%
Glen Grant

A rather intruiging bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Hunter Laing for their Old & rare range. It was distilled at the distillery in Speyside in October 1985 and filled…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 825 & 826) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

An independent bottling of Glenlossie single malt, drawn from a pair of casks which aged the whisky for 19 years - from February 1997 to October 2015. Following its maturation, this was bottled…  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 825 & 826) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

This Speysider was bottled at nineteen years old by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask. This Longmorn is non-chill filtered so all of the flavour and texture is preserved in the final product!  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$75.42

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their…  More info

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$284.91

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.3%
Aultmore

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Aultmore single malt, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in a tiny Octave cask for 8 months. Only 110 bottles were produced.  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$53.20

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 51.1%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1987 vintage single malt, released by Glenfarclas for their Spring 2015 release of the Family Cask range. It was distilled in 1987 and set aside to mature in refill butt #1477 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$316.06

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A delicious 18 year old Speyside malt from the Dufftown distillery, the Singleton exudes oodles of creamy, malty flavour, and it's the oldest official Dufftown we've ever tried…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old
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$56.31

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 980003443) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 54.8%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of Glen Moray from A.D. Rattray. Distilled in 1998, it spent 17 years in a single ex-bourbon hogshead before 282 bottles were filled in 2016.  More info

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 980003443) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$73.99

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A indie Mortlach single malt, matured in a refill hogshead cask for 8 years - from 2006 to 2015. Following its maturation, this Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range at 46%…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$41.69

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12240) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.8%
Tormore

27 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill butt cask from 1988 to 2016. Following that maturation, this whisky was bottled at cask strength by Hunter Laing for their First…  More info

Tormore  27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12240) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$116.68

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11064) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This delicious 7 year old Aultmore single malt has been matured in a Sherry butt before being independently bottled by the fantastic folks at Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled…  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11064) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

BenRiach 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 5043) - Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl, 56.4%
BenRiach

Presented as part of BenRiach's 13th batch of single cask bottling, this is a 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky which was finished in Oloroso Sherry puncheon #5043. It was distilled in July 1999…  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 5043) - Oloroso Cask Finish
$82.23

BenRiach 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 6401) - Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

70cl, 57.3%
BenRiach

This is an 18 year old triple distilled BenRiach single malt, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. It was distilled in May 1998 and bottled in June 2016 after enjoying a…  More info

BenRiach 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 6401) - Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
$115.02

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$211.07

Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A great 10 year old from Balvenie. Founder's Reserve is Whisky Magazine Recommended, Michael Jackson suggests this might be the most "honeyish of Speyside malts". This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 Year Old
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Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A 23 year old Gleenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. This particular batch consisted of 456 bottles, all filled…  More info

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$93.41

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

Aged in two consecutive hogsheads until February 2016, this is an independent bottling of Benrinnes single malt.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This Longmorn from 2002 was distilled a year after Pernod Ricard took over the distillery. Matured for 11 years in a sherry finished hogshead (cask 10029), it was then bottled by Hunter Laing for the…  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s
$111.91

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 43%
Mortlach

A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
$27.36

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled at the turn of the century, in the year 2000, and bottled at 46% ABV in 2014.  More info

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.78

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Matured in two hogsheads, this Mortlach was distilled in July 1996 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory.  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 185 & 187) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$57.44

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