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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.

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 1980s bottling of 8 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky (which they called "Pure Malt" at the time). It's a very handsome, shiny, well-kept bottle, complete with presentation tube.…  More info

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s
$178.09

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A rather rare 1970s bottle from the Dufftown distillery, which states itself to be "the House of Bell's" on both the label and the presentation box. Certainly the distillery was owned by Arthur Bell…  More info

The Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1970s
$296.81

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Glen Grant

Behold - 43 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! Yep, the renowned Glen Grant distillery filled cask 3497 back in 1970 and left it to age for over 4 decades - very awesome, we're sure…  More info

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1225.28

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 51.20%
Miltonduff

19 year old single malt from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, bottled by The Nectar in Belgium. It was distilled in 1995 and left to mature for nearly 2 decades, before…  More info

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$119.09

Longmorn 1988 (bottled 2014) (cask 12811) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.10%
Longmorn

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in September 1988 and bottled in September 2014. This handsome indie bottling had an outturn of 263 bottles, presented…  More info

Longmorn 1988 (bottled 2014) (cask 12811) - Mackillop's Choice
$238.94

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 6 years. It's been presented as part of their Dimensions range, which shows off the many dimensions of the whiskies they…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$45.47

Glen Grant 5 Year Old (Boxed) - distilled 1970

75cl, 40%
Glen Grant

This is an old bottle of 5 year old Glen Grant, which we believe to have been distilled in the 1970s. It even comes with a handsome presentation box showing the bottle and a glass of the whisky just…  More info

Glen Grant 5 Year Old (Boxed) - distilled 1970
$197.88

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This is an independent bottling of single malt distilled by Glen Spey in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A yummy indie Speyside aged in bourbon barrels until…  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$45.43

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 44.20%
Glenfarclas

An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2742.78

100 Pipers - 1970s

Glen Keith

The 100 Pipers blended whisky has since become the Black Watch blend, but this bottle comes from the 1970s, when it was still named after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1745 uprising, which was led by one…  More info

100 Pipers - 1970s
$131.92

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet pure malt Scotch whisky, from the days where the term "pure malt" was still used - the 1980s. This was also when Arthur Bell & Sons owned the Dufftown distillery!  More info

Dufftown Glenlivet 8 Year Old - 1980s
$184.68

Tormore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1588) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.30%
Tormore

To show off the vast, varied dimensions of their whisky stable, the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range includes well-aged expressions from many top distilleries. This 23 year old single cask Tormore,…  More info

Tormore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1588) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$169.45

Linkwood 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 11152) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.40%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. Cask 11152 has an outturn of 253 bottles when it was emptied in October 2013, 22 years after it was filled.  More info

Linkwood 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 11152) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$116.05

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

From the Lomond stills of the Miltonduff distillery in 1979, comes this rare expression of Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2012 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Rare Old range. It was…  More info

Mosstowie 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)
$657.17

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This Linkwood was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Linkwood distillery has been renovated many times but the spirit remains exceptional.  More info

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$490.56

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54%
Glen Moray

A 20 year old, cask-strength Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Octave range of whiskies aged in smaller "Octave" casks for additional flavour and spice.  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$135.31

Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old

70cl, 47.20%
Glenfarclas

This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas. It was chosen by a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old
5
$8244.81

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage 2012

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The guys at Glenfiddich laid down a number of casks in the year 2000 and have bottled a selection of these in 2012 for the travel retail market. This whisky is a richer style of the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage 2012
$153.84

Cardhu 27 Year Old 1984 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.10%
Cardhu

A 1984 single cask Cardhu, bottled at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their wonderful Octave cask range of whiskies finished in smaller "Octave" casks. This gives the maturing spirit…  More info

Cardhu 27 Year Old 1984 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$275.43

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

This Glen Grant was made to commemorate Glen Grant's 170th anniversary.  More info

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition
2
$98.88

Strathisla 1953 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A 1953 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail at a new bottling strength of 43% abv. This extraordinarily well-aged Speyside single malt is part of the Distillery Label range.  More info

Strathisla 1953 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2197.04

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 14385) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

A top notch single cask from a top notch distillery by a top notch bottler! This Longmorn spent 24 years in cask 14385 before being bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 14385) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$141.49

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glendullan

This independent bottling of 14 year old Glendullan single malt Scotch whisky was made possible by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask selection. It was distilled in October 1999 and bottled in…  More info

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$74.47

Glen Grant 1950 (bottled 2007) (casks 853+2734) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in 1950 and matured in refill sherry casks. It's a warming, smooth whisky with nutty, sherried flavours.  More info

Glen Grant 1950 (bottled 2007) (casks 853+2734) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2907.67

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

This Longmorn from 2002 was distilled a year after Pernod Ricard took over the distillery. Matured for 11 years in a sherry finished hogshead (cask 10029), it was then bottled by Hunter Laing for the…  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$74.44

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