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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.

The Macallan Edition No.2

70cl, 48.2%
The Macallan

The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (named Best Restaurant in the World…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.2
6
$82.92

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.  More info

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish
50
$146.47

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2,697.95

Mammoth Dram of Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by the Dram

70cl, 59.9%
Glenfarclas

Hang on, something seems a little fishy here... This might be something of an elaborate ruse to do with the 1st of April... A 70cl sample of Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by…  More info

Mammoth Dram of Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by the Dram
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Aultmore 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 55.1%
Aultmore

Single cask Aultmore - awesome! This was distilled in May 2004 and set aside to mature until November 2016, when Gleann Mór came along and bottled it up for the A Rare Find range. 223 bottles were…  More info

Aultmore 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$62.03

The Macallan 56 Year Old 1946 (bottled 2002) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 44.3%
The Macallan

A 1946 vintage Macallan single malt, bottled in 2002 and released as part of their Fine & Rare range - a selection of whiskies that span Macallan's extensive history. Aged for 56 years, this whisky…  More info

The Macallan 56 Year Old 1946 (bottled 2002) - Fine & Rare

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 37.5cl - 1970s

38cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A collectible half bottle of Glenfiddich single malt dating from the 1970s! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 37.5cl - 1970s

Glenfarclas 2007 (bottled 2014) (casks 13 & 14) - 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

A limited edition bottling of Glefarclas single malt, drawn from a pair of casks which were laid down in 2007 and bottled in 2014. Glenfarclas released this whisky in collaboration with the Stirling…  More info

Glenfarclas 2007 (bottled 2014) (casks 13 & 14) - 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

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
$276.24

The Macallan in Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old - The Six Pillars Collection

70cl, 46.3%
The Macallan

Our charity auction has now ended. Read more over on the blog. Also known as Macallan in Lalique VI, this is the final release in Macallan's extraordinary Six Pillars Collection started back in…  More info

The Macallan in Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old - The Six Pillars Collection
1

The Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2013) (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 (bottled 2013) (cask 11485)

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)

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
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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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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