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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.

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$47.46

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

70cl, 40.10%
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)
$42.56

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

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

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1543.15

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Goodness gracious, would you just look at the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling! This single malt from the long-going family-run distillery was distilled in 1970 and matured in Sherry hogshead #2026…  More info

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1758.09

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

70cl, 48.40%
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)
$76.09

Tamdhu 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4104) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 45.40%
Tamdhu

Independently bottled Tamdhu single malt, matured in cask #4104 for 24 years. 222 bottles were produced for the Mackillop's Choice range.  More info

Tamdhu 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4104) - Mackillop's Choice
$151.70

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

This is an antique bottling of Glenfiddich "Pure Malt", which would be listed as single malt in this day of age. We think that this one was produced in the 1970s.  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt 1l - 1970s
$158.72

Mannochmore 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 59.10%
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
$189.53

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Independently bottled Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as part of the Dimensions range, made to show off the multi-faceted…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$46.19

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

70cl, 48.40%
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)
$58.93

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

70cl, 55.80%
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)
$85.90

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$66.29

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

70cl, 50%
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)
$84.96

Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old 1963 (cask 3301)

70cl, 41.70%
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)
$5175.06

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$36.32

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

70cl, 40%
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)
$43.31

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

70cl, 50.20%
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)
$122.83

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

70cl, 43%
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)
2
$39.43

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

70cl, 43%
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)
$3587.96

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 52.50%
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)
$156.32

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 54.80%
Aberlour

An independently bottled 20 year old Aberlour (well known for their superbly Sherried Speyside malts), matured in a refill hogshead and bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. A release of 261 bottles.  More info

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$163.19

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 61.10%
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
$242.00

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

70cl, 51.50%
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)
$97.81

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.60%
Glenrothes

An independent bottling of 27 year old Glenrothes malt whisky matured in a single cask from June 1988 to September 2015. Part of Gordon & Company's Golden Pearl range of well-aged malt whiskies, it…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)
$418.30

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

70cl, 48%
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)
$70.35

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