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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.

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)

Glenfarclas 1994 Family Cask

70cl, 59.6%
Glenfarclas

The most recent vintage in the Family Cask collection, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in a sherry butt. A citrussy, spicy Glenfarclas. Bottled on the 30th April 2010, this is part of a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask

70cl, 52.5%
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, 50.3%
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, 52.4%
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, 58.9%
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, 56.2%
Glenfarclas

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

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1967 Family Cask

70cl, 65.1%
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, 52.6%
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)

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)

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”

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)

Mortlach 46 Year Old 1936 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Mortlach

A very rare, very hard to find vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was distilled in 1936 and aged for an incredible 46 years before bottling. Presented in a handsome presentation…  More info

Mortlach 46 Year Old 1936 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linkwood 43 Year Old 1939 (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Linkwood

A rare single malt distilled in 1939 at the Linkwood distillery in Speyside. This was bottled at 43 years of age by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Linkwood 43 Year Old 1939 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Mortlach 60 Year Old 1938

70cl, 40%
Mortlach

An incredibly rare, beautifully packaged single malt. This comes as part of the range of very old Mortlach (that recently climaxed with the 70 year old - the world's oldest whisky). This 60 year old…  More info

Mortlach 60 Year Old 1938

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna (Old Bottle)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

An Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine, Linkwood 12 is a true classic, as is the Flora and Fauna range. This was bottled way back when, and comes in an attractive wooden box (it's hard to find Flora…  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna (Old Bottle)

Mortlach 70 Year Old 20cl

20cl, 46.1%
Mortlach

What can we say - this is now officially the world's oldest whisky at a barely believable 70 years of age. Stunningly presented, immaculately matured - this is the absolute epitome of all that old…  More info

Mortlach 70 Year Old 20cl
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Glenrothes 32 Year Old 1975 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenrothes

A spicy, woody Glenrothes single cask. This was distilled in December 1975, matured for 32 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in August 2008. A release of 253 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 32 Year Old 1975 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Tamdhu 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%
Tamdhu

A cask strength (despite the fact it's at 40%!) single malt from Tamdhu. Bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Lonach range.  More info

Tamdhu 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

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