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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.

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 6473+6474) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, drawn from two consecutive hogshead casks. These were filled in June 1995 and left to age the whisky for 19 years before…  More info

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 6473+6474) (Signatory)
$47.95

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 17159) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.90%
Longmorn

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 24 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the wonderful Celebration of the Cask range. This was distilled by Longmorn back in December 1988 and set…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 17159) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$116.87

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1981

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

This is a bottling of Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, which we believe was produced in 1981 - the same year Cardhu reverted back to using the name it's released under today (instead of Cardow).…  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1981
$264.68

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (Cask 15717) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 56.20%
Glenrothes

This is a Gleann Mór bottling of 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the wonderful Glenrothes distillery. It was distilled in October 1997 and set aside to mature in cask #15717 for 16 years,…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (Cask 15717) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$109.18

Mortlach 46 Year Old 1936 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Mortlach

A very rare, very hard to find vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was distilled in 1936 and aged for an incredible 46 years before bottling. Presented in a handsome presentation…  More info

Mortlach 46 Year Old 1936 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1880.83

Linkwood 43 Year Old 1939 (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Linkwood

A rare single malt distilled in 1939 at the Linkwood distillery in Speyside. This was bottled at 43 years of age by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Linkwood 43 Year Old 1939 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1053.15

Mortlach 60 Year Old 1938

70cl, 40%
Mortlach

An incredibly rare, beautifully packaged single malt. This comes as part of the range of very old Mortlach (that recently climaxed with the 70 year old - the world's oldest whisky). This 60 year old…  More info

Mortlach 60 Year Old 1938

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.50%
Glen Grant

A Small Batch bottling of 24 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky - sounds rather exciting, does it not? This was distilled by the historic distillery in Speyside in 1989 and matured in…  More info

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$84.74

Mortlach 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10455) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

10 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. It was distilled by Mortlach in the winter of 2004 (a mild, fairly uneventful winter), matured in…  More info

Mortlach 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10455) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$42.24

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3581) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 55.10%
Aultmore

This is an independently bottled Aultmore single malt, aged in but 1 single cask for 16 long years. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2013 by the chaps at Berry Brothers & Rudd with nary a…  More info

Aultmore 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3581) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$77.14

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna (Old Bottle)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

An Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine, Linkwood 12 is a true classic, as is the Flora and Fauna range. This was bottled way back when, and comes in an attractive wooden box (it's hard to find Flora…  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna (Old Bottle)

Strathisla 57 Year Old 1957 (cask 1730) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 51.60%
Strathisla

From the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra, unveiled in autumn 2014, comes an extremely well-aged Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled all the way back in 1957! It spent…  More info

Strathisla 57 Year Old 1957 (cask 1730) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)
$6892.70

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)
$6892.70

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)
$6892.70

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
$430.11

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)
$43.70

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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$2310.43

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)
$43.62

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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$132.34

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