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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.

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.80%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky - this was matured in a wine seasoned barrel! After 18 years of ageing (from September 1997 to November 2015), it was…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.17

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
11
$17147.37

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

11 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back in spring 2004 and set aside to mature in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$54.52

Benrinnes 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10709) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57%
Benrinnes

Distilled at Benrinnes in October 1994, Douglas Laing chose to bottle it in February 2015 as part of their 'extra old' Old Particular range extension.  More info

Benrinnes 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10709) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$317.94

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Dufftown

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June…  More info

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$93.23

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire
12
$45.12

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.80%
Glenfarclas

A 1978 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, presented as part of the Winter 2015 release of their Family Cask series. This was matured in a 4th fill hogshead from 1978 until August 2015, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$510.89

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A 9 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Cooper's Choice range by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was distilled in 2006 and left to age in a bourbon cask until…  More info

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$59.68

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.70%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1311.61

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection

70cl, 51.80%
Glenfiddich

An official single cask bottling from Glenfiddich, hand selected by Brian Kinsman for the Rare Collection. The single American oak hogshead was filled on 13th April 1979 and bottled on 18th August…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection
$2266.72

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.80%
Glen Moray

A WM Cadenhead bottling of Glen Moray single malt, matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads for 17 years - from 1998 to 2015. This is a release of 504 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$80.93

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
$68.31

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.90%
Glenfarclas

From the Spring 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range comes a 1992 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in a single butt cask until December 2014. It's presented at…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$297.03

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.30%
Aberlour

This is a WM Cadenhead bottling of 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aberlour distillery, matured in bourbon casks from 2000 to 2015. It was bottled at 54.3% ABV with an outturn of 234…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$77.15

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is an independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery (known colloquially to some as the Beast of Dufftown). It was distilled back in 2008 and left to…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$51.25

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside, aged in a refill hogshead and distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016. This is a release of 397 bottled from the Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.27

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.40%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1249.21

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
2
$42.77

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
$114.58

Glenrothes Manse Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenrothes Manse Reserve is made with whisky drawn mostly from American oak casks, with a helping of Sherry oak cask whisky too. Lots of fruit notes running…  More info

Glenrothes Manse Reserve
1
$61.06

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glendullan

A 2001 vintage single malt from the Glendullan distillery, independently bottled in 2014 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail and released as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range. We don't often seen…  More info

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$50.75

Tomintoul 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11217) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.10%
Tomintoul

This is an independently bottled Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 25 years. It was distilled in August 1989 and bottled in February 2015 by Hunter…  More info

Tomintoul 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11217) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$120.65

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Benrinnes

This is an Old Particular bottling of Benrinnes single malt, distilled in July 1999 and matured in a single Sherry butt. 15 years later, this Sherried Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing with an…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460)  - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.84

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

70cl, 48.40%
The 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)
$85.70

Tormore 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tormore

The Tormore 14 Year Old was introduced to the distillery's core range in early 2014 (alongside a 16 Year Old bottling too). Don't often hear much from Tormore, but they do put out some wonderful…  More info

Tormore 14 Year Old
$59.97

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