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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.

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1980s

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

We think that this 35cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. This one comes with the original presentation tube - fancy!  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1980s
$96.24

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 57%
Dailuaine

An independently bottled Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and aged in a single cask for 19 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay. 236 cask strength bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)
$119.99

Glen Elgin 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11596) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Elgin

Independently bottled Glen Elgin single malt, aged in a refill hogshead for 21 years. It was distilled in December 1995 and left to rest in a refill hogshead until March 2017, when it was bottled by…  More info

Glen Elgin 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11596) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$96.19

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)
$153.33

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

This is a Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 2008. After maturing in two casks for 7 years, the whisky was bottled by Càrn Mòr in 2015 with an…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$43.45

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
3
$87.99

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The Cragganmore Distillers Editions spend a finishing period in casks that previously held Port wine, adding extra fruitiness to the whisky. The 2015 release was distilled in 2003.  More info

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$61.84

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$85.02

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

This is a single cask bottling of 18 year old Tamdhu single malt, which was distilled in May 1998 and bottled in November 2016. Douglas Laing bottled this one as part of their Old Particular range,…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.43

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This Linkwood was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Linkwood distillery has been renovated many times but the spirit remains exceptional.  More info

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$491.48

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.9%
Tomintoul

This 20 year old Tomintoul was placed in a specially coopered 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask for the final few months (at least six of 'em) of its maturation for greater intensity.  More info

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$101.53

Ardmore Triple Wood

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ardmore's Triple Wood was originally released for the Travel Retail market, matured in quarter casks, barrels and puncheons. This maturation has imparted plenty of fruity, caramel-y tastiness.  More info

Ardmore Triple Wood
$63.21

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Glen Moray

This is a 21 year old Glen moray, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by Hunter laing for their First Editions range, presented in bottles designed to evoke classic literature. 245 bottles were…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
1
$88.58

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

7 year old single malt from the Inchgower distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range.  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$34.70

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.2%
Strathmill

A 23 year old Strathmill single malt bottled by Cadenhead's in 2015 when 438 bottles were produced at 47.2% abv.  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$88.90

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Glen Grant

Behold - 43 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! Yep, the renowned Glen Grant distillery filled cask 3497 back in 1970 and left it to age for over 4 decades - very awesome, we're sure…  More info

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,191.87

Glen Elgin 24 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.4%
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
$129.28

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Aberlour

A single cask bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled back in October 1990 and left to mature for a quarter of a century until March…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$209.48

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.83

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

9 Year Old single malt from Speyside's Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, bottled by langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2006, left to mature in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.26

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glendullan

This independent bottling of 14 year old Glendullan single malt Scotch whisky was made possible by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask selection. It was distilled in October 1999 and bottled in…  More info

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$72.44

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.7%
Inchgower

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of Inchgower single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead for 25 years. It was distilled way back in October 1989 and left to age until October 2014,…  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989  - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$212.79

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.4%
Macduff

Oh, would you look at this - another excellent indie bottling from your favourite friends at Master of Malt! This one is an 18 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, distilled on the 13th…  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$126.13

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)
$47.53

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Produced in the 1980s, this Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky includes a presentation tin featuring Sir Mungo Murray of the Clan Murray. He was the Son of the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$128.32

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