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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.

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%
Balmenach

An independently bottled Balmenach single malt, aged for 27 years in a single hogshead cask. Said hoggie was filled in October 1988 and opened in 2016 by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$107.89

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%
Dufftown

A single cask single malt from the Dufftown distillery, independently bottled by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. Hogshead #19501 was laid down in December 1997 and…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$71.30

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.5%
Tormore

A North Star Spirits bottling of 27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery. This was distilled in December 1988 and matured until October 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 200…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits
$138.29

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 57.1%
Ardmore

A North Star Spirits independent bottling of 8 year old Ardmore single malt, distilled in June 2008 and bottled in October 2016. 198 bottles were produced - and they're rather handsome indeed! Top…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - North Star Spirits
$67.02

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)

70cl, 46.9%
Balvenie

This right here is a rare bottle of 25 year old Balvenie single malt, distilled in November 1974 and matured in a single cask until October 2000. It was then bottled at 46.9% ABV. This bottle was…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)
$838.39

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)

70cl, 44.9%
Glenfiddich

40 year old whisky from the storied Glenfiddich distillery. They release their 40 year old expressions in small batches each year - this particular one was from their 2004 release, with only 600…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)
$3,872.55

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)

70cl, 47.3%
Balvenie

A collectible bottle of 33 year old Balvenie, distilled in November 1972 and bottled in May 2006 as part of their Vintage Cask series. Only 150 bottles were produced. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)
$2,882.14

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, which spent 20 years maturing in a bourbon hogshead before being bottled at cask strength by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird series.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$85.75

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 54.2%
Craigellachie

An incredibly well-aged single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, drawn from a single cask. This was distilled in 1970, a few years after Craigellachie doubled the number of stills in their…  More info

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,073.45

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 5 year old Ardmore here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in 2011 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled for the Strictly Limited range by Càrn Mòr with an outturn of 690…  More info

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.39

Glen Grant 1957 (bottled 2007) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

This is a 1957 vintage single malt from the magnificent Glen Grant distillery in the Speyside region. It was independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2007 and presented with a handsomely retro…  More info

Glen Grant 1957 (bottled 2007) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,341.51

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

A single cask bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a hogshead which matured the whisky for 25 years, from October 1990 to August 2016. Following maturation, the whisky was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$103.15

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12361) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A single cask bottling of Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a Sherry butt that was filled in September 1994 and cracked open in April 2016. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the Old Malt…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12361) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$85.62

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2016 by Langside. A release of 283 bottles.  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016)  - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.36

SPEY Trutina

70cl, 46%
Speyside

A well-balanced single malt from the SPEY range released in late 2016 (alongside their first peated whisky - Fumare) matured in bourbon casks. The name comes from a Latin way of expressing balance,…  More info

SPEY Trutina
$39.96

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 64.1%
Craigellachie

A 9 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2006 and matured for 9 years in a single cask. Following that, it was bottled by Scotland Grindlay at cask strength - a very…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)
$85.75

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.38

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A relatively young single malt Scotch whisky from Allt-á-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This 2008 vintage independent bottling is from Langside/Hunter Laing's Hepburn's Choice range. The…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.88

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Macduff distillery, aged for 8 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and left alone until 2016, when it was bottled by Langside for their…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.36

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible Glenfiddich ceramic decanter celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, one of three Scottish monarchs in the range. This decanter is thought to date from the 1980s. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1980s
$188.65

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Distilled in March 2009 and bottled in May 2016, this 7 year old Mortlach single malt from the Speyside region was bottled at 46% abv by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.57

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4

50cl, 57.4%
The Macallan

Matured in a single Sherry butt in warehouse no. 16, this Macallan single malt was distilled on 27th December 1990 and disgorged on 21st January 2003. It was filled into bottles at cask strength the…  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4
$786.04

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.5%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood, matured for 18 years! This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in Madeira oak. 318 bottles were produced for The Coppers Choice…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$89.61

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich decanter, without box, thought to date from the 1970s. Part of a collectible range that also included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots decanters. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$251.53

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Tormore

Ooh, a rare antique bottle of Tormore 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, produced back in the 1970s when Long John Distilleries own Tormore. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s
$251.53

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