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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.

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Dufftown

Independently bottled Dufftown single malt, distilled all the way back in 1995. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, it has been bottled at 48.4% abv in handsome bottles covered in…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$87.53

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon…  More info

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$49.96

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 7 year old Dufftown single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. It was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when it was bottled for the Càrn Mòr Stictly Limited…  More info

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$39.24

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 1980s bottling of 8 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky (which they called "Pure Malt" at the time). It's a very handsome, shiny, well-kept bottle, complete with presentation tube.…  More info

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s
$181.30

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet pure malt Scotch whisky, from the days where the term "pure malt" was still used - the 1980s. This was also when Arthur Bell & Sons owned the Dufftown distillery!  More info

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old - 1980s
$259.00

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Elgin

A very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old
11
$42.88

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

A Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Eglin single malt Scotch whisky. A seldom heard from distillery in the Speyside region despite Glen Elgin has been producing whisky since…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$66.60

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3228) (Adelphi)

70cl, 49.3%
Glen Elgin

An Adelphi indie bottling of Glen Elgin, aged in a single cask for 20 years! It was distilled in 1995 and bottled at cask strength in 2016, with an outturn of 255 bottles.  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3228) (Adelphi)
$105.44

Glen Elgin 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11596) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Elgin

Independently bottled Glen Elgin single malt, aged in a refill hogshead for 21 years. It was distilled in December 1995 and left to rest in a refill hogshead until March 2017, when it was bottled by…  More info

Glen Elgin 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11596) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.07

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.4%
Glen Elgin

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 24 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. It was distilled in December 1989 and bottled in March 2014 at cask strength with no…  More info

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice
$130.47

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

This is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Glen Elgin single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. The barrels were filled in November 1990 and cracked open in October 2016, producing 295…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$103.77

Glen Grant 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A gentle, delicate 10 year old single malt, a great beginner's whisky from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
27
$32.74

Glen Grant 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

A 12 year old Glen Grant single malt, launched in mid-2016 with a rather sleek and handsome new bottle design. Still shows off the classic Glen Grant style - honey'd malt, sugared almond and ripe…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old
6
$46.22

Glen Grant 12 Year Old 2004 - Highland Laird (Bartles Whisky)

70cl, 56.6%
Glen Grant

12 year old single malt from the Glen Grant distillery, aged in a single bourbon hogshead which was filled in 2004. This was independently bottled by the folks at Bartles Whisky for their Highland…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old 2004 - Highland Laird (Bartles Whisky)
$47.10

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Introduced in 2016 (along with a 12 Year Old expression), this 18 Year Old Glen Grant delivers gorgeous notes of vanilla, nuts and caramel. This was named Jim Murray's Second Finest Whisky in the…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition
3
$117.57

Glen Grant 1936 (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A rare vintage bottling of Glen Grant single malt, made with whisky distilled all the way back in 1936 (just a few years after the memorable Major Grant passed away), independently bottled by Gordon…  More info

Glen Grant 1936 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$4,846.61

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$3,178.20

Glen Grant 1949 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1949 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in first fill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail say this "displays all the best characteristics of an aged Speysider."  More info

Glen Grant 1949 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$3,015.66

Glen Grant 1950 (bottled 2007) (casks 853+2734) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in 1950 and matured in refill sherry casks. It's a warming, smooth whisky with nutty, sherried flavours.  More info

Glen Grant 1950 (bottled 2007) (casks 853+2734) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,854.11

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2013) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Incredibly long-aged single malt from the Glen Grant distillery, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. This whisky was distilled all the way back in 1951(!), and allowed to age for many decades until 2013,…  More info

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2013) - Gordon & MacPhail
$2,673.88

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky distilled all the way back in 1952. This was matured in first fill Sherry casks. "The 1952 vintage Glen Grant has always been…  More info

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,287.87

Glen Grant 1953 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A very well matured 1953 vintage from Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as being a "big, bold sherried malt".  More info

Glen Grant 1953 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,937.13

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,699.71

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,784.16

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,402.93

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