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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.

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 308902) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.60%
Glenallachie

A 6 year old, octave-cask-finished Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor. The Octave series shows off the influence that tiny octave casks have on a whisky with their…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 308902) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$47.05

Royal Brackla 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 310818) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 61.20%
Brackla

8 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Royal Brackla - which received its regal prefix in 1835 from King William IV - bottled by A. D. Rattray. It was distilled by Royal Brackla in November 2006…  More info

Royal Brackla 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 310818) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
1
$61.92

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10775) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

Independently bottled Inchgower, drawn from a single refill hogshead. It was distilled in winter 2008 and bottled 7 years later, in summer 2015, as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10775) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$39.58

Strathisla 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A complex 1960 vintage from the Strathisla distillery, this was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail having been matured in a first fill sherry butt. This is described by the producers as a "Full-bodied…  More info

Strathisla 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1047.14

BenRiach 12 Year Old Horizons

70cl, 50%
BenRiach

A triple distilled (!) whisky from BenRiach. This high strength 12 year old is aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks. This is one of just a handful of its kind, and the first BenRiach to be…  More info

BenRiach 12 Year Old Horizons
$54.93

Glen Grant 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1960 at Speyside's Glen Grant distillery, this was matured in first fill sherry butts. Bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as "uncomplicated - a rich, sherried malt."  More info

Glen Grant 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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$975.27

The Glenrothes Oldest Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

For the Glenrothes Oldest Reserve, the distillery in Speyside has combined well-aged whisky from a variety of years to create a rather special, exciting dram. The years are as follows: 1967, 1972,…  More info

The Glenrothes Oldest Reserve
$218.91

Benromach 2005 (bottled 2015) Hermitage Wood Finish

70cl, 45%
Benromach

Initially matured in first fill bourbon casks, Benromach's 2015 Wood Finish release spends its final 27 months in French wine casks from the northern Rhône Hermitage appellation, known for its Syrah…  More info

Benromach 2005 (bottled 2015) Hermitage Wood Finish
1
$43.90

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

For those of you looking to add a 1980s bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve to your antique whisky collection, you're in luck! This bottle from the legendary Speyside distillery even comes with…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve - 1980s
$132.27

Glen Grant 1961 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this Glen Grant vintage as "rich and soothing - one to savour." It was distilled in 1961 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info

Glen Grant 1961 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$881.80

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An old, rare bottling of 18 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1976 and bottled in the 1990s. A handsome collectible for whisky enthusiasts.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976
$1157.31

Glen Grant 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 11009) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.10%
Glen Grant

Xtra! Xtra! Read all about it, Douglas Laing release 30 year old single cask Glen Grant! Having spent three decades in a single refill hogshead, the outturn was just 36 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Glen Grant 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 11009) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$266.78

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10965) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

Released as part of the Douglas Laing Provenance range (which received a redesign in early 2016), this is a single cask 11 year old Benrinnes single malt, matured in a refill hogshead from March 2004…  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10965) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$43.72

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 9408) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%
Glen Moray

This is a twenty year old Glen Moray bottled at cask-strength for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 9408) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$92.42

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling) 75cl

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from Glenfiddich distillery in Speyside.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling) 75cl
$173.35

Aberlour 1989 Dunnage Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

A super rare Aberlour, distilled in 1989 and dunnage matured - meaning the barrels are aged in old warehouses, just stacked directly on top of each other - a rare thing to find these days. A release…  More info

Aberlour 1989 Dunnage Matured
$104.65

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6470) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory Vintage bottling of Glenburgie matured in a single hogshead cask, distilled 13th June 1995 and bottled 4th November 2015. This bottling offers an opportunity to enjoy the excellent, but…  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6470) (Signatory)
$53.37

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.40%
Coleburn

A cask strength edition, 1979 vintage, part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 21 year old proffers a rare chance to sample a single malt from the now closed Coleburn distillery.  More info

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

Mortlach 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A very handsome independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery, well known for their intense, meaty expressions. This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mortlach…  More info

Mortlach 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$238.13

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Single cask Sherried Glenrothes, matured in a refill Sherry butt for 10 years. It was put into said Sherry butt by the distillers in Speyside in spring 2004 and left to mature until autumn 2014, when…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$69.60

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Complete with presentation tin, these Clans of the Highlands Glenfiddich bottlings are eminently collectible. This is the Clan Montgomerie edition, dating from the 1980s.  More info

Glenfiddich
$132.27

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Dark spice and strawberries abound this 15 year old from the Linkwood distillery.  More info

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$53.13

Glenglassaugh 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 2101) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1

70cl, 43.70%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the first batch of Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases, this single malt Scotch whisky spent 28 years in a single hogshead. It was distilled in February 1986 and bottled in February 2014 with an…  More info

Glenglassaugh 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 2101) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1
$523.54

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19014) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.70%
Glenrothes

Ooh, 25 year old Glenrothes here, bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. This Speyside single malt was allowed to age in a single hogshead cask from September 1990 to January 2016,…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19014) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$104.89

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A heavily sherried 30 year old from Glenfarclas, this was a winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old
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$385.79

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