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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.

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49.5%
Glen Spey

24 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask which housed the whisky from August 1991 to February 2016. Following its maturation, this was independently bottled by Gordon & Company for…  More info

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$108.90

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s

35cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

We think that this collectable half-bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve was produced in the 1990s, back when the distillery labelled their single malt as "pure malt". This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s
$77.70

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1947 (bottled 1962) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 45.4%
The Macallan

Macallan's Fine & Rare range explores the Speyside-based distillery's history with vintages of their whisky from long ago. This particular bottling is rather interesting indeed - it was distilled in…  More info

The Macallan 15 Year Old 1947 (bottled 1962) - Fine & Rare
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$22,550.56

Glenfiddich 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 28117)

70cl, 56.3%
Glenfiddich

Single cask single malt from the Glenfiddich distillery, which was distilled in 1978 and aged in cask #28117 for 38 years before being bottled by Glenfiddich themselves! Only 159 bottles were…  More info

Glenfiddich 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 28117)
$2,751.92

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13093) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenrothes

An Old Malt Cask bottling of 20 year old Glenrothes single malt, matured in a refill hogshead from July 1996 to November 2016. 180 bottles were produced, presented at 50% ABV.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13093)  - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$88.16

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 2814) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

Berry Bros. & Rudd may be very well-known for their wines, but they're also rather marvellous at independently bottling whiskies! This is a 20 year old Miltonduff, distilled in 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 2814) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$89.40

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)

70cl, 46.9%
Balvenie

This right here is a rare bottle of 25 year old Balvenie single malt, distilled in November 1974 and matured in a single cask until October 2000. It was then bottled at 46.9% ABV. This bottle was…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)
$693.69

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)

70cl, 47.3%
Balvenie

A collectible bottle of 33 year old Balvenie, distilled in November 1972 and bottled in May 2006 as part of their Vintage Cask series. Only 150 bottles were produced. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)
$2,967.76

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 234) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%
Glenrothes

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes, aged in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in May 1997 and set aside to mature until January 2016, when it was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 234) - Mackillop's Choice
$138.57

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11361) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

Yummy honey'd Glentauchers, aged in a single refill hogshead for 7 years - from April 2009 to August 2016. It was independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Provenance range, producing 402…  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11361) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.19

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

You may be more accustomed to reading Glenfiddich described as a Speyside single malt rather than a Highland pure malt, but nothing is amiss here! The entire Speyside region lies within the Highlands…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s
$310.80

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2016 by Langside. A release of 283 bottles.  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016)  - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.56

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A gift set from the Benromach distillery, containing a bottle of their excellent 10 year old single malt along with a branded notebook and pencil - great for scribbling tasting notes down...  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set
$49.03

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 64.1%
Craigellachie

A 9 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2006 and matured for 9 years in a single cask. Following that, it was bottled by Scotland Grindlay at cask strength - a very…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)
$88.29

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.67

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.)
$92.27

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
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
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$259.00

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This is a very collectible Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a bottle which harks back to the design from decades ago - and it's not just the design…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail
$2,854.11

Glen Moray 10 Year Old - 1970s (75.7cl)

76cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This rare bottling of 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery was produced in the 1970s, long before the distillery was sold to its current owner, La Martiniquaise. An…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old - 1970s (75.7cl)
$194.25

Glenfarclas 1963 (cask 178) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 45.1%
Glenfarclas

1963 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, matured in a single Sherry hogshead and released as part of their excellent Family Cask series for their Autumn 2014 release. Only 168 bottles were produced -…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 (cask 178) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$3,608.04

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Dufftown

This is a bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Dufftown distillery, back when it was owned by Arthur Bell & Sons - and also before they dropped the 'Glenlivet' suffix.  More info

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s
$259.00

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 1980s bottling of 8 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky (which they called "Pure Malt" at the time). It's a very handsome, shiny, well-kept bottle, complete with presentation tube.…  More info

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s
$181.30

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 6 years. It's been presented as part of their Dimensions range, which shows off the many dimensions of the whiskies they…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$44.64

Glen Grant 5 Year Old (Boxed) - distilled 1970

75cl, 40%
Glen Grant

This is an old bottle of 5 year old Glen Grant, which we believe to have been distilled in the 1970s. It even comes with a handsome presentation box showing the bottle and a glass of the whisky just…  More info

Glen Grant 5 Year Old (Boxed) - distilled 1970
$233.10

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5113) (Adelphi)

70cl, 55.5%
Glenrothes

This right here is an independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! It was distilled back in 1991 and left to mature for 25 years until 2016, when…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5113) (Adelphi)
$194.82

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