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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.

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)
$44.19

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)
$72.33

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)
$212.49

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)
$125.94

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)
$47.46

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
$128.14

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This is the St Andrews edition of Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series, released in the 1980s. It includes a 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky and a presentation tin…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s
$102.51

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)
$83.76

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.1%
Macduff

16 year old Macduff single malt, lovingly finished in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2015 at 55.1% ABV. This comes to us via Duncan Taylor's Octave range, and just 68…  More info

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$101.95

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A 2014 addition to Glen Moray's selection of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, their Classic Port Cask Finish is treated to an 8 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks before being bottled.  More info

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
7
$33.48

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

17 year old Tamdhu single malt, as presented by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in March 1998 and set aside to age in a refill hogshead until May 2015, when it was bottled at 48.4% ABV. 234 bottles…  More info

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.72

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1958 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's rather extensive range of Glen Grant vintages. This was matured in first fill sherry casks, Gordon and MacPhail describe the result "rich, sherried - a…  More info

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,147.88

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a Rosé-wine-finished refill hogshead. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled by Langside in 2016 for their Hepburn's Choice range - 373…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)
$44.21

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 13269) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An Old Malt Cask bottling of 19 year old single malt from Speyside's lovely Linkwood distillery, aged in a single refill hogshead cask. Back in June 1997, cask #13269 was filled and set aside to…  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 13269) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$81.47

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul, in a half bottle size.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl
$16.97

SPEY Trutina

70cl, 46%
Speyside

A well-balanced single malt from the SPEY range released in late 2016 (alongside their first peated whisky - Fumare) matured in bourbon casks. The name comes from a Latin way of expressing balance,…  More info

SPEY Trutina
$40.71

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 distillery. Bottled in batches…  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
1
$57.48

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3205) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55.5%
Glen Elgin

20 year old single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery, independently bottled by A. D. rattray as part of their Cask Collection series. This was distilled in December 1995 and bottled in September…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3205) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$81.96

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 42.7%
Glenfarclas

Another addition to the Glenfarclas Family Cask range (which already features oodles of astonishing single cask whiskies) - this one is a 1974 vintage single malt aged in a refill hogshead until July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$2,869.59

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, which spent 20 years maturing in a bourbon hogshead before being bottled at cask strength by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird series.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$87.36

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$35.83

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 50.8%
Linkwood

A 26 year old single cask Linkwood, bottled by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird range. It was distilled in 1989 and left to age in a bourbon hogshead for 26 years, when it was then bottled at…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$170.84

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)
$53.34

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Ardmore

A deliciously smoky 16 year old Ardmore, aged in a refill barrel from May 2000 to June 2016! This was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range, with a small outturn of just 84 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$95.51

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare 1970s bottling of 8 Year Old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Great for collectors, whisky enthusiasts or time travellers. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 8 Year Old - 1970s
$230.64

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