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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.

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.2%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1452.69

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)
$1888.01

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.48

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Spey

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$107.04

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A one litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, thought to date from the 1970s, confusingly labelled as 'pure malt'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s
$190.94

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, well-known around MoM Towers for having loads of lovely berry notes. This was distilled in November 2007, aged in a refill hogshead…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.03

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.9%
Glen Moray

An independent Glen Moray single malt from Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, distilled in March 1994 and bottled in October 2015. The outturn was 216 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$91.09

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
$40.80

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
$254.59

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$69.74

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.1%
Tormore

19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask! It was distilled in 1995 and bottled 19 years later by Hannah Whisky Merchants for their Lady of the Glen range at…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$101.66

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.5%
Glen Spey

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$70.25

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 75cl - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich distillery in the Speyside region is one of the most well-known and well-respected Scotch whisky distilleries around the world. This rare bottle of their Glenfiddich Pure Malt from…  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 75cl - 1970s
$190.94

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2014 at 43% ABV. It comes presented in a bottle with a delightfully retro label - very neat!  More info

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$65.03

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.7%
Glendullan

Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636…  More info

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice
$148.51

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenrothes

Sherry cask matured Glenrothes from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled February 2005 and disgorged from the single cask in December 2015, the outturn was 715 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$59.76

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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$40.85

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This single malt Scotch whisky came from the Aultmore distillery in Speyside by way of Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 2000 and aged in a combination of…  More info

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$52.87

Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1997 vintage Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in refill American hogshead and refill bourbon…  More info

Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$68.23

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)
$83.02

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.8%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery in the Speyside region. The whisky was distilled in 1987 and matured for 26 years before it was bottled for their…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$139.74

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 56.9%
Benrinnes

Part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases, this 21 year old Benrinnes single malt was distilled back in 1992 and matured in ex-bodega European oak casks. Bottled at 56.9% ABV with an outturn of 2,892…  More info

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)
$247.40

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

70cl, 48%
Tormore

A lovely gift pack containing two tasting glasses as well as a bottle of Tormore 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at a…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses
$83.47

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

A nice teenage Tamdhu from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 328 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.87

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$444.64

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