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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.

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 6473+6474) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, drawn from two consecutive hogshead casks. These were filled in June 1995 and left to age the whisky for 19 years before…  More info

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 6473+6474) (Signatory)

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
$518.06

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 17159) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.9%
Longmorn

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 24 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the wonderful Celebration of the Cask range. This was distilled by Longmorn back in December 1988 and set…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 17159) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1981

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

This is a bottling of Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, which we believe was produced in 1981 - the same year Cardhu reverted back to using the name it's released under today (instead of Cardow).…  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1981
$248.70

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3584) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is a Berry Brothers and Rudd independent bottling of Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask. It was distilled back in 1997 and set aside to age in cask #3584 for 16 years.…  More info

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3584) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$73.69

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (Cask 15717) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 56.2%
Glenrothes

This is a Gleann Mór bottling of 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the wonderful Glenrothes distillery. It was distilled in October 1997 and set aside to mature in cask #15717 for 16 years,…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (Cask 15717) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.5%
Glen Grant

A Small Batch bottling of 24 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky - sounds rather exciting, does it not? This was distilled by the historic distillery in Speyside in 1989 and matured in…  More info

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Mortlach 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10455) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

10 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. It was distilled by Mortlach in the winter of 2004 (a mild, fairly uneventful winter), matured in…  More info

Mortlach 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10455) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3581) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 55.1%
Aultmore

This is an independently bottled Aultmore single malt, aged in but 1 single cask for 16 long years. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2013 by the chaps at Berry Brothers & Rudd with nary a…  More info

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3581) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$72.48

Strathisla 57 Year Old 1957 (cask 1730) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 51.6%
Strathisla

From the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra, unveiled in autumn 2014, comes an extremely well-aged Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled all the way back in 1957! It spent…  More info

Strathisla 57 Year Old 1957 (cask 1730) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

Linkwood 61 Year Old 1953 (cask 279) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 49.4%
Linkwood

Yes, you read that correctly - this is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 61 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Private Collection Ultra. The cask it was matured in…  More info

Linkwood 61 Year Old 1953 (cask 279) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.4%
The Glenlivet

This Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky certainly fits the bill for Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection Ultra, a range of incredibly well matured, independently bottled whiskies. It was…  More info

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 51.2%
Miltonduff

19 year old single malt from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, bottled by The Nectar in Belgium. It was distilled in 1995 and left to mature for nearly 2 decades, before…  More info

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$87.22

Mosstowie 18 Year Old - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Miltonduff

A rare 1980s Sestante bottling of 18 year old Mosstowie single malt, which was produced at the Miltonduff distillery using their Lomond Still. Miltonduff haven't produced Mosstowie whisky for a very…  More info

Mosstowie 18 Year Old - 1980s
$404.13

Aberlour 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

An independently bottled Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, matured in bourbon hogsheads. It was distilled back in 2000 and aged for 14 years, until 2014, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an…  More info

Aberlour 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt (No Vintage Statement)

75cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt is a very rare bottling which shows off Macallan single malt in a well-matured, superbly Sherried fashion. This fantastic whisky comes in a handsome wooden…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt (No Vintage Statement)
2
$2,170.92

Inchgower 1998 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

While most of the whisky from Inchgower goes into some very popular blends, some does escape as a single malt, like this independent bottling from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 1998 and left…  More info

Inchgower 1998 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 70cl - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A 70cl bottle 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Classic Golf Courses of Scotland collection in the 1980s. The presentation tin features the St Andrew golf…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 70cl - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s
1
$124.35

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old 100cl - 1980s

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 100cl bottle from the 1980s of 8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet whisky from the days when adding "Glenlivet" onto the end of you distillery name was in. Also in fashion around then was New Romantics,…  More info

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old 100cl - 1980s
1
$217.61

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 32) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)

35cl, 58%
The Macallan

Part of the fourth Macallan Masters of Photography project. With the photographs taken by acclaimed photographer Elliott Erwitt from his Great Scottish Adventure and whisky chosen to match these…  More info

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 32) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)
$1,036.23

The Macallan 62 Year Old In Lalique Decanter: The Spiritual Home

70cl, 53.1%
The Macallan

'The Spiritual Home' is the fifth edition of The Macallan In Lalique, a legendary series from the distillery in Speyside in collaboration with the French masters of crystal, Lalique. At 62 years…  More info

The Macallan 62 Year Old In Lalique Decanter: The Spiritual Home
$16,579.86

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

An antique bottle of The Glenlivet 12 year old, from the 1970s. What type of whisky is it, you ask? Why, it's "Unblended all malt Scotch whisky" (single malt), of course!  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$124.35

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release X - Shotgun and Rifle Cleaning Kit

70cl, 46.5%
Glenfarclas

A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release X - Shotgun and Rifle Cleaning Kit
$7,248.51

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 4

70cl, 50.4%
Balvenie

The Balvenie Tun 1401 was a very popular series for the distillery in Speyside, named after the favourite marrying tun of Malt Master David Stewart (the range has since evolved into the Balvenie Tun…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 4
$362.63

Glentauchers 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 1393+1394) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.8%
Glentauchers

Signatory always find wonderful whiskies for their Cask Strength Collection, and they've stuck gold with this 16 year old Glentauchers. Two bourbon barrels full of liquid gold (or whisky, as some…  More info

Glentauchers 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 1393+1394) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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