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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.

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)

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

20cl, 50%
Cragganmore

This eleven year old Cragganmore 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

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

Allt a Bhainne 11 Year Old 2000 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

This eleven year old Allt A Bhainne 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

Allt a Bhainne 11 Year Old 2000 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Allt a Bhainne 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

This twelve year old Allt a Bhainne 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

Allt a Bhainne 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1974 Vintage Reserve - Rare Collection

70cl, 46.8%
Glenfiddich

The first 1974 Vintage Reserve to be released by Glenfiddich complete with smart wooden packaging. Glenfiddich is the world's best selling single malt scotch whisky and with releases like this it is…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1974 Vintage Reserve - Rare Collection

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old 1964 Private Vintage

70cl, 47.8%
Glenfiddich

The absolutely staggering 40 year old, cask strength Private Vintage Glenfiddich, distilled in 1964! This is an incredibly rare bottling and a truly exceptional one at that!  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old 1964 Private Vintage

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1994 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

A 1994 Glen Moray bottled by Duncan Taylor. A fairly 'naked' single malt, by which we mean light with very little cask influence. This allows one to get closer to the actual distillate.  More info

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1994 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Macallan 18 Year Old - The Dambusters

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An incredibly rare cult-classic! This special limited edition "Dambusters" bottling of Macallan was created in honour of the legendary 617 Squadrons. The whisky itself is a single cask, distilled on…  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old - The Dambusters

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition 1l

100cl, 42.8%
The Macallan

A beautiful whisky from Macallan launched for the travel retail market. This was created by Macallan's distillery manager, Bob Dalgarno, and he made it from a mix of sherry and bourbon oak-matured…  More info

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition 1l
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Glenrothes 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A travel retail exclusive from Glenrothes, this stuff is aged for 25 years and shows an effortless level of gingerbread and spice. Beautiful!  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

A full litre bottle of 18 year old Dufftown, released for the duty free market. Loads of flavour here, and very interesting to try - it's certainly the oldest official Dufftown we've ever had!  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old 1l

Macduff 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.4%
Macduff

An incredible really well-aged old Macduff, distilled in 1968 and matured for a full 40 years! Staggering stuff from Duncan Taylor…  More info

Macduff 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Glenburgie 22 Year Old 1988 Cask 11240 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.2%
Glenburgie

This was distilled at Glenburgie in August 1988 and it was aged for 22 years in cask 11240 before bottling in January 2011. A release of 236 bottles at natural cask strength. Tasty stuff!  More info

Glenburgie 22 Year Old 1988 Cask 11240 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Glenglassaugh "The First Cask"

70cl, 59.1%
Glenglassaugh

A stunning whisky from Glenglassaugh, bottled exactly three years after the first casks were filled at the distillery under new ownership on the 16th December 2008. A release of 650 bottles at cask…  More info

Glenglassaugh

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask Release III

70cl, 47.3%
Glenfarclas

The third release of Glenfarclas' 1952 Family Cask. George S Grant comments on how fresh this whisky has remained, despite having spent 55 years in a single hogshead! A delicious whisky offering up…  More info

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask Release III

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve - Combination Padlock PR

70cl, 54.8%
Glenfiddich

Many moons ago, in August of 2010, we received a curious email from Glenfiddich, which read simply "we're sending you something." How very exciting we thought, and sure enough, a wooden box arrived,…  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve - Combination Padlock PR

Dailuaine 22 Year Old 1973 - Rare Malts 20cl

20cl, 61.8%
Dailuaine

Beautifully rich and intensely malty Dailuaine, distilled in 1973 and bottled at the ripe old age of 22 years for Diageo's Rare Malts range. Cask strength and very rich.  More info

Dailuaine 22 Year Old 1973 - Rare Malts 20cl

Macallan 17 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
The Macallan

This was distilled at Macallan in 1992 and it was aged in sherry casks for 17 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of 1,000 bottles.  More info

Macallan 17 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)

Glenlivet 1943 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This Glenlivet was aged for an extraordinary 55 years in a refill sherry cask (cask number 120). Distilled in 1943, during the war, and unsurprisingly chosen by the directors at Gordon & MacPhail for…  More info

Glenlivet 1943 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Macallan 12 Year Old 1997 (cask 5745) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
The Macallan

This was distilled at Macallan in the Autumn of 1997. It was then aged for 12 years in refill hogshead number 5745 before bottling by Douglas Laing in the Winter of 2010.  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1997 (cask 5745) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old Single Cask “for the chaps at Master of Malt”

70cl, 50%
Glenfarclas

We’ve teamed up with the guys over at Glenfarclas to bring you this absolutely stunning single cask, 50 year old whisky. This is one-of-a-kind bottling, as evidenced by the bottling number "decanter…  More info

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old Single Cask “for the chaps at Master of Malt”

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

20cl, 45.9%
The Glenlivet

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45.9%
The Glenlivet

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Aberlour 19 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.9%
Aberlour

Some lovely rare single cask Aberlour here! This was bottled by Signatory and left at natural cask strength. Part of a release of 228 bottles matured in hogshead.  More info

Aberlour 19 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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