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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.

Mortlach 25 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%
Mortlach

The oldest expression from the 2014 release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whiskies is their 25 Year Old. Mortlach use whisky matured mostly in refill American oak casks, aged for a quarter of a…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old
1
$673.23

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.10%
Glen Moray

Yet another new addition to That Boutique-y Whisky Company's ever growing range - Batch 1 of their Glen Moray! The label depicts the River Lossie spectacularly bursting its banks, flooding the…  More info

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$71.60

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$140.85

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A old bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky labelled as 'Pure Malt' decades ago.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)
$145.17

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.40%
Strathmill

Though a lot of Strathmill's whisky has made its way into many famous blends over the years, indie bottlings are a good way to sample their single malt. Like this one, for example - 22 year old…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$81.48

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.90%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$88.12

Glen Moray Classic Peated

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Peated
2
$29.15

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.20%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1509.48

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

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Sherry-butt-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, aged for 8 years before Langside bottled it for their Hepburn's Choice range. A release of 391 bottles.  More info

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.45

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$146.45

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$643.52

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48.60%
Glenfarclas

Part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask Spring 2015 Releases, this delicious single malt from the heart of Speyside was filled into a refill Sherry cask back in 1990 and bottled in December 2014. 535…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$272.82

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their…  More info

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$529.08

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

The Spirit & Cask Range is made up of whiskies selected by German whisky importers Whiskymax. This single cask Glen Grant was distilled in October 1992 and bottled in 2015 without chill filtration…  More info

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range
$83.54

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

This independently bottled Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single Sherry butt for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled by Douglas Laing. A handsomely Sherried…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$41.81

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A hard to find stoneware decanter jug from Glenfiddich. This features an image of Robert the Bruce, a man from a time when "the" was an acceptable middle name.  More info

Glenfiddich Robert the Bruce Decanter -1980s
1
$198.41

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.80%
The Glenlivet

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1961.82

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$224.52

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 51.80%
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
$258.51

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 4319) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56%
Glenfarclas

This Glenfarclas single cask whisky was distilled in 1994 and placed into a 4th fill butt. The outturn was 640 bottles on 2nd December 2014, released in Spring 2014.  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 4319) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$269.51

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
12
$108.90

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Matured in a mixture of Spanish Sherry oak and American oak casks, this whisky has developed a great deal of…  More info

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)
1
$381.32

Glen Moray Classic Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Looking for a great birthday or Christmas present? This Glen Moray Classic set is sure to make someone's day. It comes with 2 branded glasses and a bottled of Glen Moray Classic, their excellent…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
2
$33.73

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.30%
Glentauchers

A WM Cadenhead Small Batch bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside (which you don't often hear a lot about - though it's always a pleasure when…  More info

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
1
$103.08

Glen Keith 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

Distilled in 1996, this is a creamy, fruity Glen Keith from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill American hogsheads before bottling at 46% ABV.  More info

Glen Keith 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
2
$84.27

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