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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 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)
$49.14

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)
$1417.29

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)
$98.55

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)
$43.67

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Glenburgie

A 23 year old Gleenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. This particular batch consisted of 456 bottles, all filled…  More info

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$98.28

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$625.63

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.70%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$544.02

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1998 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Linkwood

A Côte Rôtie French wine cask finished 16 year old Linkwood from Gordon & MacPhail. Côte Rôtie is a northern Rhône appelation made with full-bodied Syrah. 4,000 bottles have been produced.  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1998 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$81.49

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks. This was distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range - 610 bottles were…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$77.87

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.10%
Miltonduff

Casks! Love a good cask, we do. In fact, you could say we celebrate them, just like Càrn Mòr do with the Celebration of the Cask indie bottling range. This particular bottling from that range is a 25…  More info

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$153.73

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Linkwood

A lovely Linkwood single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This little treat was distilled back in June 1997 and left to age for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. It…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.81

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd, this Linkwood single cask whisky is 19 years old.  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$90.32

The Deveron 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is The Deveron 18 Year Old, launched in September 2015 (alongside a 12 Year Old expression, too). This relaunch came complete with new frosted glass bottles and 'The' at the start of its name.  More info

The Deveron 18 Year Old
$59.91

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$41.93

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.20%
Tamnavulin

Tamnavulin single malt, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2016 by Malts of Scotland, an independent bottler in Germany. Drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, 162 bottles of this delicious whisky were…  More info

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland
$162.45

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glenlossie

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, matured for 17 years in a single refill hogshead cask. It was distilled back in November 1997 and bottled by Douglas…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$79.43

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$261.65

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.40%
Strathmill

It's not just an Old Particular, it's an Xtra Old Particular! This is a 25 year old single malt from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in one refill hogshead from December 1990 to…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$136.88

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)
$92.61

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glendullan

From the Glendullan distillery comes this 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky, by way of the Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies, produced by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back…  More info

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$56.88

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
$33.07

Strathmill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.20%
Strathmill

Batch 1 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Strathhmill single malt features one of the most notorious cat burglars around, Goldilocks. Look at her! She's slipped into the Strathmill distillery and…  More info

Strathmill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$59.91

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.10%
Tormore

19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask! It was distilled in 1995 and bottled 19 years later by Hannah Whisky Merchants for their Lady of the Glen range at…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$104.48

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

This is the second release of 37 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glen Grant in 1973 and bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$503.06

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.80%
Miltonduff

An intriguing bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from Miltonduff here, distilled in their Lomond stills (which weren't used for all that long). This was distilled in November 1979 and aged in a…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25758) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$304.28

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