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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 61 Year Old 1953 (cask 279) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 49.40%
Linkwood

Yes, you read that correctly - this is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 61 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Private Collection Ultra. The cask it was matured in…  More info

Linkwood 61 Year Old 1953 (cask 279) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)
$6889.06

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.40%
The Glenlivet

This Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky certainly fits the bill for Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection Ultra, a range of incredibly well matured, independently bottled whiskies. It was…  More info

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)
$6889.06

Mortlach 70 Year Old 20cl

20cl, 46.10%
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, 42.20%
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, 57.50%
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)

Mosstowie 18 Year Old - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Miltonduff

A rare 1980s Sestante bottling of 18 year old Mosstowie single malt, which was produced at the Miltonduff distillery using their Lomond Still. Miltonduff haven't produced Mosstowie whisky for a very…  More info

Mosstowie 18 Year Old - 1980s
$429.88

Aberlour 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

An independently bottled Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, matured in bourbon hogsheads. It was distilled back in 2000 and aged for 14 years, until 2014, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an…  More info

Aberlour 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$43.68

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt (No Vintage Statement)

75cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt is a very rare bottling which shows off Macallan single malt in a well-matured, superbly Sherried fashion. This fantastic whisky comes in a handsome wooden…  More info

The Macallan 25 Year Old - Anniversary Malt (No Vintage Statement)
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$2309.21

Inchgower 1998 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

While most of the whisky from Inchgower goes into some very popular blends, some does escape as a single malt, like this independent bottling from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 1998 and left…  More info

Inchgower 1998 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.60

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 70cl - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A 70cl bottle 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Classic Golf Courses of Scotland collection in the 1980s. The presentation tin features the St Andrew golf…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 70cl - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s
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$132.27

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old 100cl - 1980s

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 100cl bottle from the 1980s of 8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet whisky from the days when adding "Glenlivet" onto the end of you distillery name was in. Also in fashion around then was New Romantics,…  More info

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old 100cl - 1980s
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$231.47

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 32) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)

35cl, 58%
The Macallan

Part of the fourth Macallan Masters of Photography project. With the photographs taken by acclaimed photographer Elliott Erwitt from his Great Scottish Adventure and whisky chosen to match these…  More info

Macallan Great Scottish Adventure (Print 32) - Elliott Erwitt (Masters of Photography)
$1102.23

The Macallan 62 Year Old In Lalique Decanter: The Spiritual Home

70cl, 53.10%
The Macallan

'The Spiritual Home' is the fifth edition of The Macallan In Lalique, a legendary series from the distillery in Speyside in collaboration with the French masters of crystal, Lalique. At 62 years…  More info

The Macallan 62 Year Old In Lalique Decanter: The Spiritual Home
$17636.00

BenRiach 1986

70cl, 55%
BenRiach

A 1986 Vintage from the BenRiach distillery.  More info

BenRiach 1986

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

An antique bottle of The Glenlivet 12 year old, from the 1970s. What type of whisky is it, you ask? Why, it's "Unblended all malt Scotch whisky" (single malt), of course!  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$132.27

Balvenie 17 Year Old New Wood

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

This bottling was finished in virgin oak. A one off release from the Balvenie, replaced with the 'New Oak'. This received a Gold at the 2006 International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Balvenie 17 Year Old New Wood
$136.62

Balvenie 1967

70cl, 49.70%
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)

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release X - Shotgun and Rifle Cleaning Kit

70cl, 46.50%
Glenfarclas

A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release X - Shotgun and Rifle Cleaning Kit
$7710.24

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 4

70cl, 50.40%
Balvenie

The Balvenie Tun 1401 was a very popular series for the distillery in Speyside, named after the favourite marrying tun of Malt Master David Stewart (the range has since evolved into the Balvenie Tun…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 4
$385.73

Glentauchers 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 1393+1394) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.80%
Glentauchers

Signatory always find wonderful whiskies for their Cask Strength Collection, and they've stuck gold with this 16 year old Glentauchers. Two bourbon barrels full of liquid gold (or whisky, as some…  More info

Glentauchers 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 1393+1394) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$75.02

BenRiach Vestige 1966 (cask 2381)

70cl, 44.10%
BenRiach

Vestige is the penultimate 1966 vintage cask in the BenRiach warehouse, the oldest vintage they have. Distilled on 21st September 1966, just 46 bottles were produced from the hogshead after a 46 year…  More info

BenRiach Vestige 1966 (cask 2381)
$4399.09

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