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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 Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Glen Spey

A tasty 14 year old Glen Spey from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in February of 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$60.02

Glenallachie 11 Years Old 2000 (cask 8689) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenallachie

This is a eleven year old Glenallachie bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. The distillery was built to produce whisky for the Mackinlay blends however independent bottlers also…  More info

Glenallachie 11 Years Old 2000 (cask 8689) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$46.69

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$41.88

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40.0%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1562.28

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

17 year old Tamdhu single malt, as presented by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in March 1998 and set aside to age in a refill hogshead until May 2015, when it was bottled at 48.4% ABV. 234 bottles…  More info

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.87

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 59.1%
Mannochmore

The Manager's choice release from Mannochmore. Part of Diageo's much-talked-about project to release a series of single-casks - this malt hit a score of 87 on Serge's Whiskyfun website.  More info

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice
$186.47

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10420) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glen Moray

An Old Particular bottling of Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 15 years - from June 1999 to August 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 332…  More info

Glen Moray 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10420) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$57.97

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 55.8%
Ardmore

This is an independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from May 2000 to September 2015. It has been bottled at 55.8% ABV with an outturn of 223 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 800224) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$84.51

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Dufftown

18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$83.59

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)

70cl, 41.7%
Glenglassaugh

A very special bottling of well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery, aged in a single bourbon barrel for a massive 51 years. It was distilled back in February 1963 and…  More info

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)
$5091.49

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40.0%
Mortlach

7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$42.61

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.2%
Strathmill

From Duncan Taylor's Octave range comes a 22 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, which has been treated to a finishing period in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1992 and bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 998561) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$120.84

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
Tamdhu

An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$38.79

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
The Glenlivet

A rather classic, classy bottling of Glenlivet single malt, presented by Gordon & MacPahil as part of their Distillery Labels series. This very well-matured dram was distilled in 1948 and was…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3530.01

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 52.5%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill hogshead. 233 bottles were produced, independently bottled by The Malt Whisky Company.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$153.79

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 61.1%
Glen Elgin

A special single cask release from Diageo, a single cask was selected from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries as part of their recently launched Managers Choice. This Glen Elgin was matured in…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice
$238.09

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Distilled in March 1993, this Allt-á-Bhainne was bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2015. Matured in a single refill hogshead, 295 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$96.23

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48.0%
Craigellachie

A Distiller's Art bottling of Craigellachie single malt, matured in one Sherry butt for 15 years. It was distilled in the futuristic-sounding year 1999 - in April, we might add, the most…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$69.22

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

A rare, 44 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 1994 under Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$3587.22

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One

70cl, 45.9%
Balvenie

One of five highly collectible bottles from the first chapter of the Balvenie DCS Compendium - in fact, this is the oldest whisky in Chapter One; a 46 year old single malt Scotch whisky, set aside to…  More info

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
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$20604.55

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46.0%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt, bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice indie bottling range! Interestingly, this whisky (which was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015) was allowed a…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.36

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Longmorn

This Speysider was bottled at nineteen years old by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask. This Longmorn is non-chill filtered so all of the flavour and texture is preserved in the final product!  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$78.93

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 60.0%
Craigellachie

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$64.31

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49.0%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$86.23

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Benrinnes

From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies comes this 19 year old Benrinnes single malt, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel. Cask #10577 was filled in May 1995…  More info

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$95.73

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