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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.

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.40%
The Macallan

An exquisite 25 year old Macallan single malt! This luxurious Speyside whisky was filled into a single refill Sherry hogshead on Monday 9th April 1990, emerging like a butterfly on 17th December 2015…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$766.42

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavour. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable…  More info

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
119
$55.00

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

70cl, 60.90%
Aberlour

Another A'Bunadh! An incredibly popular series of well-Sherried whiskies from the Aberlour distillery in the Highlands, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at generous ABVs. Batch #55…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
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$51.65

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
$145.28

Dailuaine 22 Year Old 1973 - Rare Malts 20cl

20cl, 61.80%
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)
$4771.85

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, 45.90%
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, 45.90%
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)
96

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

70cl, 54.90%
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, 59.60%
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, 52.50%
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)

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