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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.

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Get stuck in to some delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in March 2007, matured for 9 years in a refill butt and…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$42.63

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%
Glenrothes

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$165.25

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Dufftown

This is a bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Dufftown distillery, back when it was owned by Arthur Bell & Sons - and also before they dropped the 'Glenlivet' suffix.  More info

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s
$260.64

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$62.54

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Dufftown

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June…  More info

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$91.82

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Dufftown

18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$108.05

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

70cl, 48.40%
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)
$97.87

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)
$52.88

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
$195.48

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
$202.72

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 by the folks at Wemyss. They've given this ace Speysider the title 'Flambé Fruit' as a hint to the…  More info

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)
$96.10

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another corker from Wemyss. Distilled in 1988 and aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. Ginger spice abounds. Can't help but think they've got the flavour descriptor bob on here. 660 bottles…  More info

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$138.18

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

A 10 year old from the MacDuff distillery, bottled as Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old
1
$37.92

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Deveron range, which is the name that Macduff use for their official bottlings. This was originally release for the Travel Retail market, alongside…  More info

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
5
$63.00

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
10
$46.13

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)
$56.30

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)
$73.40

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 61.10%
Glen Elgin

A special single cask release from Diageo, a single cask was selected from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries as part of their recently launched Managers Choice. This Glen Elgin was matured in…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice
$264.93

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.60%
Glen Elgin

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery, matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads and bottled by WM Cadenhead for the Small Batch range. 474 bottles were produced. You…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$84.39

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.40%
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
$145.89

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.20%
Glen Elgin

A Signatory bottling of Glen Elgin single malt matured for almost 25 years in a single bourbon barrel. Distilled on 29th November 1990 and bottled on 3rd November 2015, the outturn at natural cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7883) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$121.63

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

A single cask whisky from Hunter Laing, who consciously uncoupled from Douglas Laing back in 2013. Glen Elgin is one of the signature malts of White Horse, but this whisky was allowed to mature for…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$117.97

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old

70cl, 42.30%
Glen Elgin

A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
$476.64

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
29
$36.07

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 85138) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

A single cask release from Berry Brothers & Rudd, who have bottled a rather splendid 18 year old single malt from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 85138) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$102.30

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