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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.

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.60%
Tormore

As we entered the final decade of the 1900s, Tormore filled casks 1590 with their whisky to mature. From January 1990 to March 2014 that whisky aged in the cask, until it was bottled by Duncan Taylor…  More info

Tormore 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 1590) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$120.98

Glen Grant 1953 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A very well matured 1953 vintage from Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as being a "big, bold sherried malt".  More info

Glen Grant 1953 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1956.95

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which does not have many of their own bottlings, but does see a fair few independent releases. It was distilled in…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$52.06

Tormore 28 Year Old 1984 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 52.50%
Tormore

28 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for The Nectar of the Daily Drams range in Belgium. It was distilled back in 1984 and matured for a good long while, before being bottled in…  More info

Tormore 28 Year Old 1984 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$150.37

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.70%
Glenfarclas

Part of the Summer 2014 release of the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1954 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in plain butt #1259. A small release of 453 bottles, bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$4463.78

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 49.60%
Glenfarclas

A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2665.60

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dufftown

Independently bottled Dufftown single malt, distilled all the way back in 1995. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, it has been bottled at 48.4% abv in handsome bottles covered in…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$88.43

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 52.30%
Dufftown

The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of the reill American Oak…  More info

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)
$303.00

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.70%
Glen Moray

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in just one cask that whole time. The cask was filled in September 1990 and emptied in March 2014, producing…  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 7628) - Mackillop's Choice
$143.81

Miltonduff 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.30%
Miltonduff

An bottling of 24 year old Miltonduff from the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1990 and left to mature in bourbon hogsheads until 2014, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an…  More info

Miltonduff 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$108.04

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)

70cl, 47.70%
Strathmill

A single cask bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in March 1992 and bottled in July 2014 for the Beinn a'Cheò range by the Scottish Liqueur Centre. Those unfamiliar with…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)
$103.79

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This independently bottled single malt was distilled by the Glen Spey distillery back in the year 2000 (it still sounds so futuristic). In cask #263, this Glen Spey matured for 13 years, until it was…  More info

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$67.02

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55%
Tamdhu

An A. D. Rattray bottling of 7 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry cask. It was distilled by Tamdhu in January 2008 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of just…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$54.11

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 43.30%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1955 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Family Cask range. After a lengthy slumber in a Sherry butt, this release was bottled in June 2013 with an outturn of 507 bottles. It's…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$3734.02

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glentauchers

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, matured in a single refill barrel for 18 long years. In February 1996, the whisky was distilled and lovingly placed inside said refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.58

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.70%
Glen Grant

A rather intruiging bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Hunter Laing for their Old & rare range. It was distilled at the distillery in Speyside in October 1985 and filled…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$247.84

Dufftown 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 19495) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56%
Dufftown

Bottled as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this is a single cask 16 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in December 1997 and matured in hogshead #19495 until…  More info

Dufftown 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 19495) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$74.17

Glen Elgin 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9043) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

This is an independent bottling of 17 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, which was bottled for the Coopers Choice range. It was finished for an unspecified period of time in a Sherry cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9043) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$69.72

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 1952 distilled Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. A rich dram of the Sherried Speyside school.  More info

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2311.28

Mortlach 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

Distilled at Mortlach in 1954 and aged for 54 years in sherry casks before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1880.83

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

This Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky is 21 years old as it was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in October 2013. 294 bottles were produced for Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask.  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$87.81

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2000 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.70%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old, 2000 vintage, single cask Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor. This was bottled at natural cask strength for the Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for increased…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2000 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$64.35

Tomintoul 1972 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.10%
Tomintoul

This is a single cask Tomintoul which was distilled in 1972 and aged in a refill sherry hogshead (cask number 1974) before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail at natural cask strength. Delicious.  More info

Tomintoul 1972  - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1049.47

Strathisla 1957 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and distilled in 1957 at the Strathisla distillery, the distillery is known for its rich, fruity style of Speyside whisky.  More info

Strathisla 1957 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1429.43

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old 1976 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 59.80%
Glendullan

2014 marks the first time the Singleton of Glendullan has been released as part of Diageo's Special Release. Exciting stuff, especially considering this is a 38 year old single malt, matured in…  More info

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old 1976 (2014 Special Release)
$817.67

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