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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.

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 10578) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.5%
Glenrothes

43 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky? Good Heavens, who could say no to that? Distilled in 1970, this whisky has had an incredibly long maturation, so it's only fair that it's been…  More info

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 10578) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,672.53

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10420) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glen Moray

An Old Particular bottling of Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 15 years - from June 1999 to August 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 332…  More info

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10420) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$56.03

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Tamdhu

An indie bottling of Tamdhu - we don't see nearly enough of these! This one was matured in a refill hogshead from August 1998 to 2016, before being bottled at 18 years old by Langside for the…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$82.21

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)

70cl, 41.7%
Glenglassaugh

A very special bottling of well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery, aged in a single bourbon barrel for a massive 51 years. It was distilled back in February 1963 and…  More info

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)
$4,920.28

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.3%
Glentauchers

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Gleann Mór for their A Rare Find range. 163 bottles were produced, bottled at…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.52

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.8%
Mortlach

An Xtra Old particular bottling of 26 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a sinle refill hogshead. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 1989, and eventually bottled in…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$270.57

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

A 1998 vintage Royal Brackla single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in refill bourbon barrels from 1998 to 2014, when it was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$52.35

Glenlossie 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 3452) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.3%
Glenlossie

A Signatory bottling of 23 year old Glenlossie single malt, aged in a single hogshead from November 1992 to June 2016. After it was matured, it was bottled for the Cask Strength Collection and…  More info

Glenlossie 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 3452) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$90.71

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)
$43.60

Cardhu Gold Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu is the latest Diageo distillery to have a little core range shake up with the launch of a no age statement single malt (or two). Created using hand-picked toasted oak casks, Cardhu Gold…  More info

Cardhu Gold Reserve
7
$47.40

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 51.8%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, matured in a single hogshead (cask 142608), this release is named after the hill above the distillery where the local gallows were located.  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition
$245.78

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 1411) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1980 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Spring 2015 release of the very popular Family Cask series. It was set aside to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 1411) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$436.64

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016, presented in bottled with wonderfully retro labels...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail
$53.10

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)
$1,650.57

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky comes from the Braeval distillery, sometimes called Braes of Glenlivet, and was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Matured in a refill…  More info

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.39

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$63.03

Persian Anise 1992 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a hogshead from 1992 to 2016. Following that maturation, Wemyss Malts bottled it all up and sent it out into the world for us…  More info

Persian Anise 1992 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Longmorn)
$116.36

Summer Breeze 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Linkwood)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Another wonderful Wemyss bottling here! This times it's a single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a hogshead cask from 1995 to 2015. As ever with these Wemyss bottlings, it's…  More info

Summer Breeze 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Linkwood)
$94.73

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 52.3%
Dufftown

The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of the reill American Oak…  More info

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)
$291.26

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
10
$35.10

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing (and outstanding) distillery.  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$55.89

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.3%
Linkwood

The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)
$628.79

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$62.93

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated
3
$167.33

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, distilled in May 2007 and bottled in May 2016. Bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration or artificial colouring.  More info

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.80

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