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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 Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1134.78

Longmorn 1967 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1967 and bottled in 2012 by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1967 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$617.06

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$65.74

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.10%
Glenfarclas

A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$411.35

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A single cask whisky from Linkwood distillery aged for an amazing 24 years. Distilled on the 5th of December 1989 and bottled by Montgomerie's for their Single Cask collection in March 2013. Tops.  More info

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$138.25

Glen Grant 1957 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Glen Grant vintage single malt distilled in 1957 and matured in first fill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the dram as "a malt for the connoisseur of sherry…  More info

Glen Grant 1957 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1318.58

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
$61.42

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 6089) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is an independent bottling of 22 year old Aultmore single malt, bottled by the wonderful Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1991, matured in cask #6089 and bottled by BB&R in 2014 at 46%…  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 6089) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$113.55

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.48

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky comes from the Braeval distillery, sometimes called Braes of Glenlivet, and was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Matured in a refill…  More info

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.69

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.40%
Tomintoul

45 year old Tomintoul single malt - quite a rare sight, I'm sure you'll agree, considering that this was distilled in 1969 and the distillery was founded only a few years earlier in 1964! This has…  More info

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1028.77

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.80%
Glenfarclas

One of the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1982 and matured in a plain hogshead cask until July 2014. It was bottled as part of their Autumn 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$423.58

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

70cl, 56.20%
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)
$95.46

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.90%
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
$3701.72

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 55.20%
Glenfarclas

A 1959 vintage Glenfarclas family cask! Just look at it - it looks like treacle! Matured in a single ex-Sherry hoggie, it was bottled on 28th November 2014 and released as part of the Spring 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3085.05

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11205) - the Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

Single malt Scotch whisky from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a single cask for 20 years. This tasty treat was distilled in February 1995 and left to age in a…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11205) - the Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$90.86

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.29

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A heavily sherried 30 year old from Glenfarclas, this was a winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old
7
$378.28

Tormore 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 100152) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 51.50%
Tormore

This Tormore was distilled in 1992 and bottled 20 years later in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info

Tormore 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 100152) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$87.03

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

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled at the turn of the century, in the year 2000, and bottled at 46% ABV in 2014.  More info

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$50.31

Glenfiddich 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 8387) - Rare Collection

70cl, 56.30%
Glenfiddich

22 year old single cask Glenfiddich single malt? Music to our ears, those words. This one was distilled back in 1992, back when their stills were lit by coal fires rather than gas (as they are now).…  More info

Glenfiddich 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 8387) - Rare Collection
$1242.85

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9935) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Moray

After the Douglas Laing assets were divided, Stewart Laing's new company Hunter Laing got the Old Malt Cask brand. This Glen Moray 21 Year Old, distilled in October 1991 and bottled in August 2013,…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9935) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$98.23

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 56.80%
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)
$165.06

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
12
$15125.68

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An old, rare bottling of 18 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1976 and bottled in the 1990s. A handsome collectible for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1976
$1615.78

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