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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.

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 52.4%
Strathmill

Bottled as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases, this is a 1988 vintage Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill American oak casks for 25 years. 2,700 bottles were produced. This is…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)
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$286.90

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$58.25

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Inchgower

A single cask bottling of Speyside malt distilled at Inchgower in May 1995 from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill butt was 690 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$86.06

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This was drawn from a single refill hogshead which was home to the whisky from 2008 to 2015, after…  More info

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$38.07

Inchgower 11 Year Old 2005 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 59.8%
Inchgower

An 11 year old single malt from the Inchgower distillery, aged from February 2005 to July 2016 before being bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range. Only 235 bottles were produced.  More info

Inchgower 11 Year Old 2005  - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$63.41

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This is an independent bottling of single malt distilled by Glen Spey in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A yummy indie Speyside aged in bourbon barrels until…  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.12

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.6%
Glenrothes

25 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled back in June 1990 and bottled in June 2015 with an outturn of 285 bottles. This comes to us via…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$232.97

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$42.73

Glenlossie 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.1%
Glenlossie

25 year old whisky from Glenlossie, bottled by That boutique-y Whisky Company! Glenlossie is home to some onion-shaped stills, though it looks like the Boutique-y chaps have taken that name a little…  More info

Glenlossie 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$135.57

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.5%
Knockando

A rich, darkly sherried Knockando from the Managers Choice series. This official bottling was distilled in 1996 and aged for 12 years in (presumably first fill!) sherry cask #800790 before bottling…  More info

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice
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$181.48

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.7%
Glendullan

Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636…  More info

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice
$146.06

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Montgomerie's bottling of 23 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. This release features whisky distilled in November 1991 and set aside to mature until it was…  More info

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$108.38

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)
$90.30

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%
Glenrothes

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits
$87.58

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Speyside

The elegantly presented 18 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky comes from the Speyside Distillery. It's matured in Sherry casks, giving it a good dose of those sweet, spiced notes which are so…  More info

SPEY 18 Year Old
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$78.14

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$60.73

Glen Moray Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.  More info

Glen Moray Classic
78
$22.90

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.9%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$208.66

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Speyside

A rich, chocolatey Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing. For 18 years, from April 1996 to September 2014, this whisky matured in a refill butt, developing depth…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.97

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Cooper's Choice bottling of Aultmore single malt, aged for a decade in a single bourbon cask. This was distilled back in October 2006 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of just 370 bottles.  More info

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$50.82

Aberlour 23 Year Old June 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.1%
Aberlour

A single cask Aberlour, independently bottled by us for our Single Cask Series range! This is a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the awesome Aberlour distillery in Speyside, distilled in…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old June 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$130.35

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)
$35.23

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 51.2%
Mortlach

25 year old single malt from the Mortlach distillery, drawn from a single cask which was filled in May 1990 and cracked open in July 2015. This was bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range,…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$188.73

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
$1,229.75

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11334) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Longmorn

A single cask bottling of 21 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1994 and left to mature in a refill hogshead…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 11334) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$79.73

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