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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.

Longmorn 15 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Longmorn

A lovely full-bodied Speysider from the Longmorn distillery, Jim Murray gave this 15 year old 93 points.  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old
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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 19

70cl, 59.9%
Aberlour

The 19th batch of Aberlour A'Bunadh.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 19

Balmenach 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Balmenach

A 17 year old bottling from the Balmenach distillery, a truly superb, sherried Speysider, this 1991 vintage exudes farmy freshness, feint notes and a cereal sweetness with excellent balance…  More info

Balmenach 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Ardmore 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

A smoky, gentled peated Highlander, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and distilled in 1991 at the Ardmore distillery established by William Teacher and Sons.  More info

Ardmore 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

Ardmore 1990 - Gordon and MacPhail

35cl, 43%
Ardmore

A lightly-peated offering from the Highland distillery Ardmore. This was distilled in 1990 and bottled for Gordon and MacPhail with a certain smoothness and a touch of smoke.  More info

Ardmore 1990 - Gordon and MacPhail

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 1.5 litre bottle of the quintessential back bar favourite, Glenfiddich 12 year old.  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 1.5l
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Glen Grant 1953 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

A very dark whisky, aged for 48 years, a well-matured, rare single malt from Glen Grant.  More info

Glen Grant 1953 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Keith 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Keith

A light single malt from the Glen Keith distillery, rather rare.  More info

Glen Keith 10 Year Old

Macallan 1996 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

Speymalt is the name of Gordon and MacPhail's range from Macallan. This was distilled in 1996 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Macallan 1996 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

Tamnavulin 14 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tamnavulin

A 14 year old from the Tamnavulin distillery in Speyside, this was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Tamnavulin 14 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Benromach 19 Year Old - Rare Malts

70cl, 64%
Benromach

This 19 year old Speyside single malt from Benromach was aged in first fill sherry hogshead and has been bottled at a potent strength proffering warming, spicy notes of marmalade and rum.  More info

Benromach 19 Year Old - Rare Malts

The Macallan 1841 Replica

70cl, 41.7%
The Macallan

A replica of a bottle of Macallan from 1841, drink it and imagine you were there in those heady times, this was actually the year that Sir Richard Owen came up with the term "dinosaur". The whisky in…  More info

The Macallan 1841 Replica
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Tormore 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Tormore

A spicy, gentle 15 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery in Speyside.  More info

Tormore 15 Year Old

Benrinnes 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

A 17 year old from the Connoisseur's Choice range, this single malt underwent Benrinnes 'partial triple distillation', being distilled as it was in 1991and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Benrinnes 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Craigellachie 1990 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Craigellachie

A Speyside single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Connoisseur's Choice range, this 1990 vintage from the Craigellachie distillery is a rich, full-bodied dram.  More info

Craigellachie 1990 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Aberlour 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

This single malt Speyside was matured in bourbon and sherry casks before being finished in Oloroso sherry wood, producing a rich 15 year old whisky with a deep amber hue. A classic Aberlour.  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old
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Cragganmore 14 Year Old 1993 (Bladnoch Bottling)

70cl, 60.6%
Cragganmore

A very rare bottling of Cragganmore. Bottled at the Bladnoch distillery after 14 years maturing in cask.  More info

Cragganmore 14 Year Old 1993 (Bladnoch Bottling)

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 22

70cl, 59%
Aberlour

A'Bunadh This was specially made in the 19th century style – the old fashioned bottle reflects this. It is absolutely incredible stuff, matured in specially selected Oloroso sherry butts. This…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 22

Tormore 1989 35cl - Signatory

35cl, 43%
Tormore

A rare half bottle of Speyside classic, Tormore.  More info

Tormore 1989 35cl - Signatory

Linkwood 1988 35cl (Signatory)

35cl, 43%
Linkwood

A very rare half-bottle of 1988 malt from Speyside distillery Linkwood. Bottled by independent bottler Signatory.  More info

Linkwood 1988 35cl (Signatory)

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1975

70cl, 59.1%
BenRiach

A 29 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in Cask No. 7211, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in September of 2005 at cask strength.  More info

BenRiach 29 Year Old 1975

Tamdhu 29 Year Old 1977 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

Independent bottling from Douglas Laing. Exceptionally old and well matured.  More info

Tamdhu 29 Year Old 1977 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Tomatin 12 Year Old 1989 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Tormore

A rare , 12 year old bottling from independent bottler, Signatory.  More info

Tomatin 12 Year Old 1989 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenfarclas 26 Year Old 1974 Single Cask

70cl, 53.3%
Glenfarclas

Part of a rare release from Glenfarclas. Just 2,732 bottles were released, distilled on 7th November 1974 and bottled 26th July 2000.  More info

Glenfarclas 26 Year Old 1974 Single Cask
$205.13

Glenfarclas 19 Year Old 1972

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A rare Glenfarclas single malt. Part of a rare release of just 741 bottles, distilled in 1972 and bottled on 5th June 2001.  More info

Glenfarclas 19 Year Old 1972
$332.37

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