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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.

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.2%
Glen Moray

Bottled by WM Cadenhead, this is a Small Batch release of 22 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 1992. The bottle refers to the distillery using its rather traditional…  More info

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$91.79

Mortlach 1981 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

1981 vintage Mortlach single malt from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Vintage range, mature in refill remade American oak hogsheads.  More info

Mortlach 1981 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$265.03

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.9%
Glenfarclas

Filled into a single 'plain' or refill hogshead back in 1962 and bottled in July 2014 for release in Autumn of that year, this Glenfarclas Speyside malt whisky (or Highland, as they place on their…  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$5,160.38

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 56.8%
Miltonduff

This is a 20 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hoggie and bottled by Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Stuart Nickerson was previously the Managing…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$158.73

Glen Grant 1961 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this Glen Grant vintage as "rich and soothing - one to savour." It was distilled in 1961 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info

Glen Grant 1961 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$831.48

Glen Grant 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1960 at Speyside's Glen Grant distillery, this was matured in first fill sherry butts. Bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as "uncomplicated - a rich, sherried malt."  More info

Glen Grant 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$917.97

Strathisla 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A complex 1960 vintage from the Strathisla distillery, this was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail having been matured in a first fill sherry butt. This is described by the producers as a "Full-bodied…  More info

Strathisla 1960 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,038.30

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,192.84

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$3,060.87

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1966 Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's Distillery Range. Perfect for reminiscing about a certain World Cup victory...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail
$673.17

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.4%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$88.23

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a 1974 Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin as part of their Distillery Label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail
$437.22

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

Mortlach was where William Grant of Glenfiddich and Balvenie fame started his career in whisky. To this day it remains a firm favourite of many whisky fans so it is no wonder that Gordon and MacPhail…  More info

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)
$430.61

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A 1955 vintage single malt distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's "Smith's Glenlivet" range. Dignified and slightly smoky, an incredible dram.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail
$1,846.27

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.8%
The Glenlivet

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,849.85

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)
$37.37

Strathisla 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This Strathisla was distilled in 1969 and was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. Strathisla is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands and is a key component in the Chivas Regal Blend.  More info

Strathisla 1969 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$541.89

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Miltonduff

A marvellous Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the chaps from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled back in 1984, a few years after Miltonduff's Lomond stills were…  More info

Miltonduff 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$247.83

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$39.97

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Spey distillery, presented by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 and matured in a single…  More info

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$81.34

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This is 1965 Strathisla bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Strathisla is predominately used in the Chivas Regal blend however the single malt is exceptional if you can find a bottle.  More info

Strathisla 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)
$761.27

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$493.68

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A excellent chance to enjoy some excitingly well matured single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. It was distilled all the way back in 1951 and left to mature in a single…  More info

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,575.16

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.7%
Glenrothes

A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay. This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them…  More info

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$861.20

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

From a series of collectible flagons by Glenfiddich, comes this handsome piece, celebrating Mary Queen of Scots, who ascended to the throne when she was six days old, following the death of her…  More info

Glenfiddich Mary Queen of Scots Decanter - 1980s
$187.08

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