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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.

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
48
$85.41

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95…  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
73
$47.64

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. An incredibly well-Sherried Macallan to say the least. Those curiously…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$622.49

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 56

70cl, 61.2%
Aberlour

It's the 56th batch of Aberlour's very popular A'Bunadh, matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask strength. These are always excellent as winter warmers and postprandial drams.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 56
3
$49.09

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavour. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable…  More info

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
111
$52.27

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Part of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series comes a single malt which was finished for three months in casks which previously held IPA! Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
5
$47.11

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 13004) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 52.4%
Glenfarclas

From the Winter 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' Family Cask series comes a 1989 vintage single malt which was aged in Sherry butt #13004 from 1989 to August 2015. 625 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 13004) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$268.27

The Macallan Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
The Macallan

The final release in Macallan's extraordinary Six Pillars Collection, presented in an exquisite Lalique crystal decanter. Matured for 65 years in ex-Sherry casks, this is one of the oldest single…  More info

The Macallan Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)

70cl, 42.9%
Glenrothes

This handsome bottle right here is a 1969 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single refill hogshead. Just 133 beautifully presented bottles were produced. A sight to behold.  More info

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)
$4,187.96

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)

70cl, 41.9%
Glenrothes

A 1968 vintage Glenrothes single malt, presented as part of their incredibly stylish Extraordinary Cask Collection. The cask which matured this incredible whisky was a second-fill remade hogshead,…  More info

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)
$5,655.22

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2009) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Breathtakingly well-aged Macallan from Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2009.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2009) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenallachie 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 5240) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

Single malt from the Glenallachie distillery, matured for 18 years in a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in October 1996 and independently bottled in April 2015 by Signatory.  More info

Glenallachie 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 5240) (Signatory)

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)

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
$251.53

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)
$74.53

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)
$73.31

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
$88.21

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
$408.74

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