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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.

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
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$221.34

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)
$1,053.97

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
$16,863.73

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
$126.48

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
$7,372.62

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
$368.84

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)

BenRiach Vestige 1966 (cask 2381)

70cl, 44.1%
BenRiach

Vestige is the penultimate 1966 vintage cask in the BenRiach warehouse, the oldest vintage they have. Distilled on 21st September 1966, just 46 bottles were produced from the hogshead after a 46 year…  More info

BenRiach Vestige 1966 (cask 2381)
$4,206.46

Glendullan 12 Year Old - 1960s

75cl, 47%
Glendullan

This incredibly collectible bottle of Glendullan 12 Year Old from the 1960s comes with a fancy presentation box and, evidently, some sort of silver spaceship.  More info

Glendullan 12 Year Old  - 1960s
$316.20

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1981 (cask 9631) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.1%
The Glenlivet

A 31 year old single cask whisky from the legendary Glenlivet distillery in Speyside. Bottled at cask strength by Signatory, this fantastic single malt from cask 9631 is sure to be mightily popular.…  More info

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1981 (cask 9631) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Balvenie Founders Reserve with Bar Stand

75cl, 40%
Balvenie

This is an incredibly rare bottle of Balvenie Founder's Reserve - a legendary 10 year old packaged in a Cognac-style bottle. Bottled in the late 1980s, this rare edition even comes complete with a…  More info

Balvenie Founders Reserve with Bar Stand
$217.06

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.1%
Banff

A sublime old Banff from Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare range, this was distilled in August 1975 before a single cask maturation of 37 years. It was bottled in September 2012 and comes at natural…  More info

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Macallan 14 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
The Macallan

This is a fourteen year old Macallan bottled by independent bottler Coopers Choice in 2011.  More info

Macallan 14 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$54.16

Glenrothes 1979

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky and this bottling offers up some aged delights from 1979, no less.  More info

Glenrothes 1979
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$398.86

Glenfiddich Special Reserve

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This is an antique bottling of the Glenfiddich Special Reserve and was potentially previously a travel retail bottling.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve
$84.11

Glenfiddich 1959 Private Vintage

70cl, 48.1%
Glenfiddich

This is a very rare bottling of Glenfiddich. The Private Vintage range are produced from a tiny selection of four to six casks, selected by Glenfiddich's malt master. The finished product is…  More info

Glenfiddich 1959 Private Vintage
$3,426.79

Glenfiddich 1958 Private Vintage

70cl, 46.3%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich's Private Vintage range are highly collectable and are the result of a special selection of four to six casks. The final product is presented in a cherry wood box and demonstrate the…  More info

Glenfiddich 1958 Private Vintage
$4,066.72

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This was distilled at Mortlach in July 1995 and aged for 17 years before bottling in July 2012 for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This is batch 0001.  More info

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995  - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

BenRiach 31 Year Old 1980 (cask 2531) - Virgin American Oak Finish

70cl, 49.8%
BenRiach

A 31 year old single cask BenRiach distilled in 1980 and matured in a previously unused and freshly toasted cask, which imparts powerful vanilla and bourbon magic. A release of just 171 bottles.  More info

BenRiach 31 Year Old 1980 (cask 2531) - Virgin American Oak Finish
$169.04

Glenfarclas 1975 Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 54.7%
Glenfarclas

Bottled in 2012, this is the ninth release of Glenfarclas' staggering 1975 Family Cask. This cask-strength, single cask Speyside malt was aged in a refill butt before bottling. There's a big sherry…  More info

Glenfarclas 1975 Family Cask Release IX
$437.98

Glen Moray 12 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Glen Moray

This twelve year old Glen Moray was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glentauchers 11 Year Old 2000 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Glentauchers

This eleven year old Glentauchers was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample…  More info

Glentauchers 11 Year Old 2000 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Grant 12 Year Old 1998 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Glen Grant

This twelve year old Glen Grant was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old 1998 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Craigellachie

This eleven year old Craigellachie was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Craigellachie

This is a twelve year old Craigellachie from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Malt Cask Range. This Speysider has been aged in an ex-sherry butt and displays lots of fruity flavours.  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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