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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.

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory bottling of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks for 20 years. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in February 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)
1
$50.15

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976 - Family Collector Series VI

70cl, 43.7%
Glenfarclas

The final release in the Glenfarclas Family Collector Series is this 40 year old single malt, matured in Sherry casks from 1976 to May 2016. As with the previous releases in the series, this one…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976 - Family Collector Series VI
$1,227.52

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.7%
Glen Moray

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in just one cask that whole time. The cask was filled in September 1990 and emptied in March 2014, producing…  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice
$137.36

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.5%
Dailuaine

Released as part of Douglas Laing's Single Minded, this is a single cask Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which matured the whisky for 7 long years.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$32.52

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Keith

This right here is a 20 year old Glen Keith, which was matured in a single hogshead cask. Said hogshead was filled up by Glen Keith in November 1995 and, in June 2016, it was cracked open by Douglas…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$78.58

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 900217) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 62.1%
Glentauchers

A 7 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside, distilled in February 2009 and allowed to mature in a bourbon cask until September 2016. It was independently bottled by A. D.…  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 900217) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$46.29

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt, independenty bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!). This was distilled in February 1995 and bottled in February 2016 at…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask
$102.12

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mannochmore

The Mannochmore edition from the Flora and Fauna range. The series is a great showcase of mid-aged malts, this offers loads of character.  More info

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
2
$46.59

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 45.4%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1955 and bottled in late November 2014, this Glenfarclas single malt is around 60 years old! Phenomenally aged in a single Sherry butt, the outturn of which was 544 bottles. "I will…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$6,856.87

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

A single cask release of Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the wonderful Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited range. It was distilled in 2001, matured in a single hogshead for 14…  More info

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$52.02

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

50cl, 49.6%
Macduff

The second batch of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company yet again sees a scene not seen in one of Shakespeare's most famous plays on its label.…  More info

Macduff - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$93.67

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Miltonduff

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.  More info

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
6
$31.59

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire
10
$36.44

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.79

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 120584) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52.7%
Glen Keith

This is an independently bottled 20 year old Glen Keith aged in a single bourbon barrel from 1992 to 2016. It was bottled by the chaps from Signatory for La Maison du Whisky's Artist series, and…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 120584) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$169.69

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows…  More info

Craigellachie 17 Year Old
5
$84.30

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.2%
Craigellachie

This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside in 2008. It was then matured for 7 years including an 8 month finishing period in a tiny octave cask before being bottled by Duncan…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$46.21

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

70cl, 48%
Tormore

A lovely gift pack containing two tasting glasses as well as a bottle of Tormore 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at a…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses
$81.94

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67183) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Glen Grant

An independent bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years before being bottled up The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar of the same name in Singapore - give it…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67183) - The Single Cask
$103.57

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45%
Miltonduff

A rare bottling of Mosstowie - which whisky boffins will know is single malt distilled in the short-lived Miltonduff Lomond stills. This one was aged in a single cask, laid down in November 1979 and…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$290.64

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Miltonduff

A Langside Distiller's Art series bottling of 22 year old Miltonduff single malt, drawn from a single refill hogshead which was filled in August 1994 and emptied in 2016. 287 bottles were produced.  More info

Miltonduff 22 Year Old 1994 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$77.45

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve Pure Malt (as described on the bottle - these days it'd be called "Single Malt"), produced in the 1980s. Rare and collectible. This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 75cl - 1980s
$124.96

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

A single malt whisky that was distilled in May 2008 at Aberlour distillery, in Aberlour, in Speyside, in Scotland. It spent 8 years maturing in a single refill barrel before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$43.33

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released as a Travel Retail exclusive alongside two other Glenfiddich Cask Collection bottlings, the Reserve Cask focusses on the Sherried side of this Speyside distillery's output. This rich,…  More info

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask 1l
5
$54.93

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$140.53

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