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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.

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask

70cl, 52.50%
Glenfarclas

This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask
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Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask

70cl, 50.30%
Glenfarclas

This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1978. It was a refill hogshead and the whisky is an elegant, fresh spirit.  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask

70cl, 52.40%
Glenfarclas

Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008.  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1990 Family Cask

70cl, 58.90%
Glenfarclas

This Glenfarclas Family Cask was a sherry butt, distilled in 1990. The whisky has a lovely richness, with plenty of sherry and rum flavour.  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1965 Family Cask

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1965 and matured in a sherry butt before release in 2010 as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask collection. This is a heathery, sweet and toffee like whisky.  More info

Glenfarclas 1965 Family Cask
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Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask

70cl, 56.20%
Glenfarclas

A sweet, spicy, vanilla-rich Family Cask from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1967 Family Cask

70cl, 65.10%
Glenfarclas

A single sherry hogshead matured Glenfarclas, distilled in 1967 as part of the Family Cask collection. This is a honey and toffee rich dram. Delicious.  More info

Glenfarclas 1967 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “The Bonnie Lass”

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art,…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “The Bonnie Lass”

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “David Balfour”

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art,…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “David Balfour”

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic "The Red Fox”

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art,…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 1997 Cask 4233 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

This was distilled at Dailuaine on the 26th of March 1997 and aged in a single hogshead (cask 4233) for 12 years before bottling by Signatory as a release of 387 bottles of unchillfiltered whisky…  More info

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 1997 Cask 4233 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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Glen Moray 19 Year Old 1991 (cask 2997) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.60%
Glen Moray

A vintage Glen Moray from the new Carn Mor range. This was distilled on the 4th April 1991 and aged for 19 years in hogshead 2997 before bottling on the 20th September 2010. A release of 81 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 19 Year Old 1991 (cask 2997) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve (previously known as the Alba Reserve) is made exclusively with whisky which has matured in ex-bourbon casks. Load of classic vanilla and honey notes all the way…  More info

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

The Macallan Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old

70cl, 46.30%
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

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Caperdonich

Aged for a whopping 40 years, this Caperdonich is an incredible whisky from Duncan Taylor's Peerless range. Each whisky in the range is aged for at least 40 years in the vaults of the distilleries…  More info

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)

70cl, 41.90%
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)
$5947.68

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “Defending the stockade”

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

This is part of a release of 600 individually numbered bottles of amazing 40 year old Glenfarclas. Each bottle has a lovely label featuring artwork celebrating Scottish literature. There are 30 label…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “Defending the stockade”

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)
$3183.95

Cragganmore 16 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Cragganmore

A 16 year old, un-chillfiltered Cragganmore. This was distilled on the 8th April 1992 and aged in hogsheads 1459 and 1460 before bottling on the 15th September 2008. A release of 624 numbered bottles…  More info

Cragganmore 16 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1992 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old Mortlach from Signatory. This was distilled on the 3rd June 1992 and aged in hogsheads 4985 and 4986 before bottling on the 8th April 2008. A release of 828 individually numbered…  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1992 (Signatory)

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)
$41.73

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)
$47.92

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

70cl, 54.90%
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)
$116.81

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
$264.54

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

70cl, 56.20%
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)
$109.12

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