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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.

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

Glenfiddich 33 Year Old 1973 - Vintage Reserve

70cl, 46.5%
Glenfiddich

A 33 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery, distilled in 1973 and aged in second fill Spanish sherry butts.  More info

Glenfiddich 33 Year Old 1973 - Vintage Reserve

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Toasted Oak Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This special limited edition from Glenfiddich was matured in specially charred 195 litre bourbon barrels. This has added a lovely flavour to the 12 year old whisky.  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Toasted Oak Limited Edition
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Glenfiddich 31 Year Old 1976 - Vintage Reserve

70cl, 52%
Glenfiddich

Cask No. 516, filled on 16th January 1976 and aged for 31 years before bottling. A wonderful Glenfiddich single cask, packaged in a beautiful presentation case.  More info

Glenfiddich 31 Year Old 1976 - Vintage Reserve

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask

70cl, 56.5%
Glenfarclas

This Family Cask single cask from Glenfarclas was distilled in 1952. The oldest in the collection, matured in a plain hogshead.  More info

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask

Glen Elgin 16 Year Old 1991

70cl, 59.8%
Glen Elgin

A cask strength single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery, distilled in 1991 and bottled, after a maturation of 16 years, in 2007. This is a full-bodied, peppy whisky.  More info

Glen Elgin 16 Year Old 1991

Cragganmore 17 Year Old

70cl, 55.5%
Cragganmore

This 17 year old from the Cragganmore distillery has been matured in American oak and is part of a limited release of just 5,970 bottles, a great Speyside single malt with mochaccino notes and creamy…  More info

Cragganmore 17 Year Old

Cragganmore 1988 Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

A Distillers Edition from Diageo, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1988 and finished in port pipes. Serge Valentin of Whisky Fun rated this 84 points.  More info

Cragganmore 1988 Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
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Convalmore 28 Year Old

70cl, 57.9%
Convalmore

A 28 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling has been released at cask strength and is part of a rare limited edition of just 3,900 bottles.  More info

Convalmore 28 Year Old

Benromach Single Cask Forres Highland Games

70cl, 45.7%
Benromach

A 2000 bottling from the Benromach distillery, celebrating 8y years of the Forres Highland Games, of which Benromach are also a sponsor.  More info

Benromach Single Cask Forres Highland Games

Benromach 1999 Latitude 53

70cl, 53%
Benromach

This is part of a release of three special single cask bottlings which commemorate the association of Benromach and the Glasgow: Scotland with Style Clipper which participated in the Clipper 08-08…  More info

Benromach 1999 Latitude 53

BenRiach 34 Year Old 1970

70cl, 51%
BenRiach

A 34 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1970 and matured in Cask No. 4005, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  More info

BenRiach 34 Year Old 1970

BenRiach 26 Year Old 1978

70cl, 54%
BenRiach

A 26 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1978 and matured in Cask No. 1589, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  More info

BenRiach 26 Year Old 1978

Balvenie Vintage Cask 1968

70cl, 50.8%
Balvenie

Distilled on the 11th June 1968 and bottled on the 19th September 2000, a limited edition of just 180 bottles from cask no. 7294 from the Balvenie distillery.  More info

Balvenie Vintage Cask 1968

Tamnavulin 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tamnavulin

A gentle 12 year old Speyside single malt from the Tamnavulin distillery, drawing its waters from the River Livet.  More info

Tamnavulin 12 Year Old
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Glen Keith 1967 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

Distilled in 1967 at Glen Keith, this was matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info

Glen Keith 1967 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.1%
Linkwood

Released as part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, a 26 year old bottling, distilled in 1975. A rare Speyside malt from Linkwood.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Macallan 1972 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Part of Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range from The Macallan distillery.  More info

Macallan 1972 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Grant 1990 (Gordon and MacPhail)

5cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1990 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in refill bourbon barrels. A very smooth dram from the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1990 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 20

70cl, 61%
Aberlour

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

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 20

Strathisla 1948 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

A rare 1948 vintage from the Keith based distillery, Strathisla, bottled for Gordon and MacPhail under their Rare Old Malt range.  More info

Strathisla 1948 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

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