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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.

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)

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 42.2%
Caperdonich

A 39 year old Caperdonich (a now closed distillery) from Duncan Taylor's Lonach range, made up by blending under strength and over strength whiskies from single distilleries.  More info

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve Decanter

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A rare and very hard to find 18 year old Glenfiddich, packaged in a limited edition decanter.  More info

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve Decanter
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Dufftown 25 Year Old 1984 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.5%
Dufftown

A single cask from Dufftown, this was matured in cask number 80, a sherry butt, which gave the whisky a wonderfully deep colour. This was distilled on the 9th January 1984 and matured for 25 years…  More info

Dufftown 25 Year Old 1984 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

BenRiach 1986

70cl, 55%
BenRiach

A 1986 Vintage from the BenRiach distillery.  More info

BenRiach 1986

Balvenie 1967

70cl, 49.7%
Balvenie

A very rare bottling from Balvenie; this bottling is part of an outturn of just 120 bottles. Distilled in 1967 and bottled in 1999 at natural cask strength.  More info

Balvenie 1967

Balmenach 32 Year Old 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Balmenach

A 32 year old bottling from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside. This 1975 'vintage' was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range of single malt whiskies.  More info

Balmenach 32 Year Old 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

The Macallan 1876 Replica

70cl, 40.6%
The Macallan

Two casks of pre 20th century Macallan were found. The master blender set about recreating them, this is the recreation of the 1876.  More info

The Macallan 1876 Replica

Millburn 35 Year Old 1969 - Rare Malts

70cl, 51%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1969 and aged for 35 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

Millburn 35 Year Old 1969 - Rare Malts

Linkwood 26 Year Old Port Cask Finish

50cl, 56.9%
Linkwood

Released in 2008, a cask strength from the Linkwood distillery, finished in Port pipes for a thick mouthfeel and fruity, dark notes.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old Port Cask Finish

Strathisla 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

The Strathisla distillery craft a rich, sherried single malt, and this is no exception. Distilled in 1948 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Strathisla 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Macallan 1998 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 43%
The Macallan

Distilled in 1998 at the Macallan distillery and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1998 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

Macallan 1973 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This was distilled at the Macallan in 1973, matured in first fill sherry butts and bottled as part of Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1973 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

Ardmore 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 57.9%
Ardmore

A refill bourbon edition from 1991, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This Ardmore single malt exhibits a rich, smoky intensity. The name Ardmore derives from the Scotch Gaelic 'Ard moi' meaning 'Big…  More info

Ardmore 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Dufftown 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Dufftown

A 1993 vintage from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range. A subtle, yet charming single malt from the Speyside distillery, Dufftown, one of the original seven stills of the town.  More info

Dufftown 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

BenRiach 1981

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

This BenRiach single malt was distilled in 1981 and bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, a light, floral whisky with rubbed petals and a touch of greenness.  More info

BenRiach 1981

Dailuaine 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Dailuaine

A Speyside single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Connoisseur's Choice range, this 1993 vintage from the Dailuaine distillery has been matured in refill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Dailuaine 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linkwood Royal Wedding (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Linkwood

A single malt from the Linkwood distillery, released to commemorate the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  More info

Linkwood Royal Wedding (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenrothes 1961 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rare bottling from the Glenrothes distillery, distilled in 1961 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Rare Old whisky range.  More info

Glenrothes 1961 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Mortlach Royal Wedding (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Mortlach

A special whisky from Mortlach, made up of spirit distilled in 1959 and 1960 to mark the royal wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  More info

Mortlach Royal Wedding (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linkwood 1946 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Linkwood

A sherry matured, 36 year old single malt, distilled in 1946 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Linkwood 1946 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old Decanter

70cl, 55.1%
Glenglassaugh

A cask strength 30 year old single malt from the Glenglassaugh distillery, presented in a beautiful decanter.  More info

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old Decanter

Glenfiddich 33 Year Old 1972 - Vintage Reserve

70cl, 47.1%
Glenfiddich

Part of a release of 660 bottles from three casks from the Glenfiddich distillery, distilled in 1972 and aged for an impressive 33 years.  More info

Glenfiddich 33 Year Old 1972 - Vintage Reserve

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