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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.

William Grant and Sons Distillers The Values Edition

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This is a rare bottling of Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky presented by William grant & Sons to their staff, with a label that lists the value which they believe contributed to the company's…  More info

William Grant and Sons Distillers The Values Edition
$636.27

Aultmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An 18 year old Aultmore launched in 2015 as part of John Dewar & Sons' Last Great Malts ranges.  More info

Aultmore 18 Year Old
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$109.83

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, aged in a single Sherry butt for 9 years. It was distilled in March 2007 and bottled in March 2016 by…  More info

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

Single malt from the Royal Brackla distillery, independently bottled by the excellent chaps at Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled in 1998 and aged until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV for…  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Wedgwood Decanter

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 21 year old from Glenfiddich, released to celebrate a century of distillations at the distillery, presented in a Wedgwood decanter. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Wedgwood Decanter
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$503.70

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Havana Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A very rare bottling of 21 year old Glenfiddich, which was finished in Cuban rum casks! A great piece for collectors. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Havana Reserve
$349.93

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage 2012

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The guys at Glenfiddich laid down a number of casks in the year 2000 and have bottled a selection of these in 2012 for the travel retail market. This whisky is a richer style of the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage 2012
$148.42

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

From the rather excellent Speymalt series from Gordon & MacPhail comes a 1974 vintage Macallan single malt malt, which was bottled in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.6%
Glendullan

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glendullan, one of the number of distilleries in Dufftown. This was distilled back in 1996 and aged in bourbon hogsheads for 18 years until 2015,…  More info

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.1%
BenRiach

19 year old single malt from a well loved Speyside distillery - BenRiach! This one was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. 558 bottles were produced.  More info

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Millennium Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This is a collectable bottling of 21 year old Glenfiddich single malt, which was released in celebration of the Millennium! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Millennium Reserve
$318.11

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

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky featuring a painting of Sir John Sinclair on the tin. It's thought to date from the 1980s (the bottle of whisky, not the painting). This…  More info

Glenfiddich
$127.26

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

50cl, 52%
Longmorn

This right here is the first batch of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky which has been independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! On the label you get a peek at the inside of the…  More info

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

BenRiach 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 7937) - Claret Cask Finish

70cl, 54.3%
BenRiach

Part of the 13th batch of single cask bottlings from the BenRiach distillery, this is a 22 year old single malt which has enjoyed a finishing period in casks which previous been home to Claret wine!…  More info

BenRiach 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 7937) - Claret Cask Finish
$153.77

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A rather rare 1970s bottle from the Dufftown distillery, which states itself to be "the House of Bell's" on both the label and the presentation box. Certainly the distillery was owned by Arthur Bell…  More info

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s
$286.34

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

50cl, 54.7%
Linkwood

It's the second batch of Linkwood bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! That chap on the label is fixing Trigger's broom, which he got a medal for - he's been using the same broom for 20 years.…  More info

Linkwood - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$121.91

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A 1967 Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled in 2015, presented with a delightfully retro label, which is rather apt considering the…  More info

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$605.50

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph

70cl, 48%
The Glenlivet

A cask strength 1991 vintage Glenlivet, this is a single barley edition of Nadurra, in this case the Triumph variety. Very tasty indeed.  More info

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph
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Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is an independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery (known colloquially to some as the Beast of Dufftown). It was distilled back in 2008 and left to…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.36

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

70cl, 52.3%
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)

Longmorn 1983 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, this is a 1983 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky which has been presented in a tastefully retro bottle. It was distilled back in 1983 and left to mature in oak…  More info

Longmorn 1983 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$246.06

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

50cl, 48.2%
Strathmill

Batch 1 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Strathhmill single malt features one of the most notorious cat burglars around, Goldilocks. Look at her! She's slipped into the Strathmill distillery and…  More info

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

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10772) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Longmorn

For 20 years, this Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky matured in a refill hogshead, developing notes of honey, cooking spice and herbaceous elements. It was distilled in December 1994 and bottled in…  More info

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10772) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Port-cask-finished Benrinnes single malt, bottled at 18 years old by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coppers Choice range. It was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV, with a…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$77.57

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.5%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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