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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.

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4

50cl, 57.4%
The Macallan

Matured in a single Sherry butt in warehouse no. 16, this Macallan single malt was distilled on 27th December 1990 and disgorged on 21st January 2003. It was filled into bottles at cask strength the…  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1990 (cask 24680) - Exceptional Single Cask Range 4
$859.85

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46.0%
Longmorn

This is a Coopers Choice bottling of 19 year old single malt from Longmorn, a very handsome distillery which resides in the Speyside region. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 after…  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$85.45

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.5%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood, matured for 18 years! This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in Madeira oak. 318 bottles were produced for The Coppers Choice…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 9163) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$92.47

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s

75cl, 43.0%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich decanter, without box, thought to date from the 1970s. Part of a collectible range that also included Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots decanters. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glenfiddich Charles Edward Stuart Decanter - Scotland's Royal Heritage - 1970s
$259.58

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (cask 898) - Chapter 7

70cl, 52.1%
Benrinnes

Indie Benrinnes here from Swiss bottler, Chapter 7, aged in a single bourbon hogshead for 18 years before being bottled with an outturn of 267 bottles.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (cask 898) - Chapter 7
$118.83

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.3%
Glentauchers

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Gleann Mór for their A Rare Find range. 163 bottles were produced, bottled at…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$93.42

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman

70cl, 50.0%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff bottled by The Maltman (The Maltman? The Maltman!). It was distilled in October 2008 and aged in a bourbon cask for 6 years before being bottled at 50% ABV in February 2015.…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman
$52.24

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43.0%
Tormore

Ooh, a rare antique bottle of Tormore 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky, produced back in the 1970s when Long John Distilleries own Tormore. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Tormore 10 Year Old - 1970s
$259.58

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 40.0%
Longmorn

An independently bottled Longmorn, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! Yes, this Longmorn was distilled in 1990 and left to matured in a bourbon barrel for 25 years before being bottled…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$140.60

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenlossie

A 17 year old Glenlossie, drawn from a bourbon cask and bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. as part of their Cooper's Choice range. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, with only 300…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$84.30

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled Glenallachie single malt here, matured in a single cask for 24 years! It was distilled in February 1992 and left to age in a refill hogshead until February 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12307) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$101.73

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in April 2002, set aside to age in a Sherry butt and bottled in August 2015 at 50% ABV. 120…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$64.04

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Ardmore

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill barrel from June 2008 and bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2016.  More info

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$41.74

Spey Royal - 1970s

75cl, 40.0%
Glen Spey

Rescued from the jaws of time, this is a rare 1970s bottling of Spey Royal, a classic blended Scotch whisky produced at the Glen Soey distillery. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Spey Royal - 1970s
$155.75

Macallan 21 Year Old - Savoy Single Malt Collection

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

Reviving an old tradition of presenting their own label selected spirits in 2013, this is a special bottling of 21 year old Macallan from The Savoy hotel in London. Each of the 121 numbered bottles…  More info

Macallan 21 Year Old - Savoy Single Malt Collection
$1508.79

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.4%
Mortlach

Muscular Mortlach matured in a first fill bourbon cask! The outturn was 292 bottles at 50.4% abv, a common bottling strength for Murray McDavid's Mission Gold range.  More info

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$190.30

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands

70cl, 40.0%
Glenfiddich

A cool collectible from years gone by - this bottling of Glenfiddich was released as part of their Clans of the Highlands series, each of which celebrating a different Scottish clan on the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$107.85

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)
$44.76

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)
$89.92

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Glen Spey

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$66.49

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

350cl, 53.7%
Balvenie

This is the start of something big. Massive, some might say. This is Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium, an incredible set of 25 bottles of Balvenie single malt celebrating the work of…  More info

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set
1
$30283.86

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.5%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 18 years in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2015 with 229 bottles produced, presented at…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$104.00

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Aultmore

A 1974 vintage Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the very popular Diageo Rare Malts range. It was allowed to mature for 21 years before it was bottled at a generous 60.9%…  More info

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts
$701.62

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40.0%
The Glenlivet

This bottled of Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. The distillery's 12 year old expression has since been replaced by the Founder's Reserve in the 2015,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s
$155.75

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43.0%
Glen Spey

Bottled and blended at Glen Spey, Spey Royal is a blended Scotch whisky with this bottle dating from around the 1970s.  More info

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s
$194.68

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