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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.

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead independent bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, presented as part of their wonderful Small Batch series.  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$71.46

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glentauchers

A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentuachers distillery! This has been independently bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli. Beautifully presented, we might add.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli
$150.26

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

This is the second release of 37 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glen Grant in 1973 and bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$556.78

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.20%
Strathmill

A 23 year old Strathmill single malt bottled by Cadenhead's in 2015 when 438 bottles were produced at 47.2% abv.  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$100.32

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An indie bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled back in June 1997, and aged until October 2015. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$88.46

Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)

70cl, 42.90%
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

Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11485)
$4821.78

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$67.82

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.47

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independent bottling of Braeval single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt for 14 years - although you'd never know it from the colour! The colour is of course natural, however, whereas many…  More info

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$67.29

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

350cl, 53.70%
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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$33786.66

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 45.20%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas Family Cask Releases are something very special indeed, and they just keep coming! This stunning 1960 vintage, from a single cask that had an outturn of just 194 bottles, was disgorged on…  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$3010.64

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.10%
Tormore

19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask! It was distilled in 1995 and bottled 19 years later by Hannah Whisky Merchants for their Lady of the Glen range at…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$115.64

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.50%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 18 years in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2015 with 229 bottles produced, presented at…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$116.03

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.90%
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
$782.77

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This bottled of Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. The distillery's 12 year old expression has since been replaced by the Founder's Reserve in the 2015,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s
$173.76

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glen Spey

Bottled and blended at Glen Spey, Spey Royal is a blended Scotch whisky with this bottle dating from around the 1970s.  More info

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s
$217.20

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s
$130.32

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill butt for 14 years until it was bottled at 50% ABV. It was distilled…  More info

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$72.81

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Tormore

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tormore distillery, bottled back in the 1980s. This was back when they still used the 'Glenlivet' suffix - as did many other distilleries, though this…  More info

The Tormore-Glenlivet 10 Year Old - 1980s
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$144.80

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This is a very collectible Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a bottle which harks back to the design from decades ago - and it's not just the design…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2649.72

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 35cl - 1980s

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

We think that this 35cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. This one comes with the original presentation tube - fancy!  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 35cl - 1980s
$86.88

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1980s 43%

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A 1980s bottling at 43% from Glenfiddich's Clans of the Highlands range. This one is dedicated to Clandy Murray's family... Alright it's actually Sir Mungo Jerry Murray, son of the 2nd Earl of Atholl…  More info

Glenfiddich
$144.80

Glen Moray 12 Year Old - Post 1999

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

We think that this bottle of Glen Moray 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced post 1999 - though it sadly hasn't been well looked after, as the label seems to have torn in places.…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old - Post 1999
$72.40

Glen Moray 10 Year Old - 1970s (75.7cl)

76cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This rare bottling of 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery was produced in the 1970s, long before the distillery was sold to its current owner, La Martiniquaise. An…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old - 1970s (75.7cl)
$217.20

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015

70cl, 51.80%
Glenfarclas

Bottled in December 2014, this stunning single cask Glenfarclas whisky spent nearly fifty years in a Sherry butt before being bottled as part of the distillery's Spring 2015 releases. The outturn was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015
$1441.96

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