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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.

Aberlour 14 Year Old 1995 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

Single malt from Aberlour, distilled in 1995 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for the NC2 range in 2010. Finished in a port pipe.  More info

Aberlour 14 Year Old 1995 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Glen Moray 38 Year Old 1971 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.7%
Glen Moray

A single cask Glen Moray, bottled at as part of Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld series. This was distilled in Speyside in October 1971, matured in cask number 7032 for a whopping 38 years before bottling…  More info

Glen Moray 38 Year Old 1971 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Tamnavulin 20 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamnavulin

A single refill hogshead matured Tamnavulin, distilled in May 1989 and bottled in May of 2009 by Douglas Laing. A release of 241 bottles.  More info

Tamnavulin 20 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Macallan 18 Year Old 1991 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.3%
The Macallan

A cask strength, single cask 18 year old Macallan! This was distilled in April of 1991 and matured in a single cask (cask number 9714) for 18 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in January 2010.…  More info

Macallan 18 Year Old 1991 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

BenRiach 23 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory Bottling)

70cl, 49%
BenRiach

This was distilled at the BenRiach distillery in Speyside on the 30th September 1985, matured for 23 years in a single bourbon barrel (cask number 208) before bottling on the 15th September 2009.…  More info

BenRiach 23 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory Bottling)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
The Glenlivet

A 30 year old single cask Speyside. Distilled at Glenlivet in August 1979 and aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling August 2009. A release of 217 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.5%
Mortlach

A 19 year old Mortlach, bottled by Signatory on the 15th October 2008. This was matured in sherry butt number 4727 and is part of a release of just 653 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenfiddich Classic

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A rare expression from Glenfiddich, Classic is very hard to come by.  More info

Glenfiddich Classic
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Dufftown 26 Year Old 1982 (Bladnoch Bottling)

70cl, 53.8%
Dufftown

A Bladnoch forum bottling from the Dufftown distillery. This single cask was distilled on the 3rd November 1982 and bottled on the 26th August 2009. From cask 18586. Just 270 bottles.  More info

Dufftown 26 Year Old 1982 (Bladnoch Bottling)

Glenglassaugh 21 Year Old Decanter

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

A 21 year old from the Speyside distillery, Glenglassaugh, presented in a beautiful decanter.  More info

Glenglassaugh 21 Year Old Decanter

Mortlach 1990 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This was Whisky Magazine Recommended! A single cask Mortlach, bottled as part of the Coopers Choice range after a 16 year maturation.  More info

Mortlach 1990 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Longmorn 18 Year Old 1989 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.5%
Longmorn

A single cask, 18 year old Longmorn. This was matured in single cask number 18743, a sherry hogshead. Signatory bottled this on the 25th June 2008, the result was a release of 256 bottles.  More info

Longmorn 18 Year Old 1989 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old (Very Old Bottle)

75cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

One of the rarest whiskies in our collection, Glenfarclas haven't been bottling the 15 year old in a rectangular bottle for decades!  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old (Very Old Bottle)

Longmorn 11 Year Old 1997 - (Bladnoch)

70cl, 60.2%
Longmorn

A single cask bottling from Longmorn. This Bladnoch forum bottle is a limited edition of just 311, distilled on the 25th November 1997 and bottled on the 27th March 2009.  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 1997 - (Bladnoch)

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Macallan 30 Year Old was matured in Spanish oak casks which were handmade and seasoned with sherry in Jerez, Spain.  More info

The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak
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Glen Spey 32 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

A well aged Glen Spey. This was distilled in December of 1976 and matured for 32 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in September 2009. A release of 122 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing.  More info

Glen Spey 32 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Royal Brackla 1991 35cl (Signatory)

35cl, 43%
Brackla

A rare half bottle of Highland whisky Royal Brackla.  More info

Royal Brackla 1991 35cl (Signatory)

Glenlossie 1961 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenlossie

A rare bottling from Glenlossie, distilled in 1961 and bottled in 2007.  More info

Glenlossie 1961 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Aultmore 11 Year Old 1985 (Signatory)

35cl, 43%
Aultmore

Now owned by Dewars Bacardi, the Aultmore distillery is one of Speyside's best kept secrets. This excellent vintage is one of the best we've tried.  More info

Aultmore 11 Year Old 1985 (Signatory)

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

This was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery in March of 1990 and aged for 18 years in a refill barrel before bottling by Douglas Laing in December 2008. A release of 259 bottles.  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 1970 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A rare old 1970 vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. A first fill and refill sherry matured whisky, which the bottlers describe as "After dinner malt - one to be savoured".  More info

Mortlach 1970 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood, distilled in December 1989 and matured for 16 years in refill hogshead number 2719 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in June 2006. An outturn of 302…  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Benromach 2000 Madeira Wood Finish

70cl, 45%
Benromach

An 8 year old bottling this Benromach single malt was distilled in 2000 and finished in Madeira casks and exhibits all the character one would hope for from a dessert wine cask. A thick, chewable…  More info

Benromach 2000 Madeira Wood Finish

Glen Grant 27 Year Old (Bladnoch Bottling)

70cl, 51.7%
Glen Grant

A very rare bottling of Glen Grant. Bottled by the Bladnoch distillery following 27 years of maturation.  More info

Glen Grant 27 Year Old (Bladnoch Bottling)

Aultmore 15 Year Old 1992 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This 15 year old is made up of three casks of bourbon matured Aultmore, distilled in 1992 and bottled by Speciality Drinks in September 2007 as part of a release of 810 bottles. Jim Murray awarded…  More info

Aultmore 15 Year Old 1992 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

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