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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.

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The jewel in the crown of The Macallan's 1824 Series is erm, a Ruby! With the darkest hue in a no age statement range where colour is king, Ruby has spent the longest time in only the very finest…  More info

The Macallan Ruby - 1824 Series
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Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Clans of the Highlands collection. This bottles comes with a collector's tin featuring a portrait of Kenneth…  More info

Glenfiddich
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$124.41

Tamdhu 27 Year 1988 (cask 12004) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 45.9%
Tamdhu

27 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of Hunter Laing's much loved Old Malt Cask range. This has been presented at 45.9% ABV after spending nearly three decades in a single…  More info

Tamdhu 27 Year 1988 (cask 12004) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The recipe for a great evening calls for good whisky, good food and good friends. With this charming gift set from the Dufftown Distillery, you're on your way there. The gift set includes a 15 year…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$47.00

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Ardmore Tradition is a peated single malt which is initially aged in American oak barrels before being transferred over to quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Tradition 1l
$49.04

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$248.82

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Spey

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$104.62

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

25 year old Mortlach aged in a Sherry butt here - sounds mighty delicious, doesn't it? This was distilled in August 1990 and bottled in August 2016 after a quarter of a century in the aforementioned…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$196.59

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$78.55

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Benrinnes

This is an Old Particular bottling of Benrinnes single malt, distilled in July 1999 and matured in a single Sherry butt. 15 years later, this Sherried Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing with an…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460)  - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Balvenie 1989 PortWood

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 1989 vintage single malt from Balvenie, initially aged in American casks before being allowed a finishing period in Port casks. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Balvenie 1989 PortWood
$362.81

Glenfiddich "Clan Stewart" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich from the 1980s comes with a presentation tin that honours the Clan Stewart. These are very collectible indeed - we've had quite a few in our…  More info

Glenfiddich
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$99.53

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Single cask Macduff, proudly presented for the Provenance collection by Douglas Laing (who have given the range a bit of a make-over). This was distilled in August 2007 and left to mature for 8 years…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The Knockando distillery started producing whisky in the Speyside region and has continued to do so ever since, becoming incredibly popular on mainland Europe and being used in some top blends. This…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve
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$78.06

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46.8%
The Glenlivet

A 40 year old Glenlivet that spent its final 48 months in a Sherry cask before being bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2015.  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$578.83

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Aultmore

An independently bottled 2007 vintage Aultmore single malt, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range. This is #02 in The Ten, which goes through intensity of flavour from #00 (the…  More info

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch from Glenlivet is made with specially selected casks, including first-fill ex-Sherry casks, first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
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$103.52

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 60%
Craigellachie

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the spectacular Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of casks. It was distilled in September 2002 and bottled on the 1st of April 2016.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12596 & 12597) (Signatory)

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

Bottled for Signatory's does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Un-Chillfiltered Collection, this is a 19 year old Glen Elgin matured in a single hogshead from October 1995 to April 2015.  More info

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather…  More info

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
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$56.58

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old
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$44.83

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 46.1%
Dailuaine

A 32 year old Daliuaine single malt Scotch whisky, initially matured in a refill hogshead and finished in an Oloroso Sherry hogshead before being bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. Just 230 bottles…  More info

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$198.73

Aultmore 30 Year Old 1986 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 56.9%
Aultmore

An indie bottling of Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky from the Aultmore distillery, aged for 30 years - from March 1986 to April 2016. Following this three decade maturation, it was bottled by…  More info

Aultmore 30 Year Old 1986 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$188.51

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016

70cl, 48.7%
Speyside

A special bottling for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2016, this is a single cask of Spey single malt from Speyside distillery in the Speyside region (got it?) distilled in May 2007. It spent 8…  More info

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016
$94.25

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