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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.

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)
$2041.56

Glen Grant 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail suggest this as a cigar malt, rich and sherried as it is. This was distilled in 1965 at Glen Grant and matured in first fill sherry butts.  More info

Glen Grant 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$740.88

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)
$113.69

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)
$1818.85

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)
$92.15

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)
$1137.55

Tamdhu 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.10%
Tamdhu

This 2005 vintage Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky was bottled in 2014 for La Mainson du Whisky's The Ten selection. A first fill Oloroso Sherry cask-matured whisky from Tamdhu, bottled at 45.1% ABV…  More info

Tamdhu 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$66.84

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)
$1550.53

Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.70%
Glenrothes

A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay. This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them…  More info

Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$1008.10

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)
$912.47

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.10%
Macduff

16 year old Macduff single malt, lovingly finished in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2015 at 55.1% ABV. This comes to us via Duncan Taylor's Octave range, and just 68…  More info

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$116.15

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.50%
Miltonduff

Hurrah for Miltonduff whisky! Lovely stuff! This bottling of their single malt comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range, and was matured in a single cask from June 1990 to March 2014 (23…  More info

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice
$141.12

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.60%
Glen Grant

A classic Speyside distillery, Glen Grant have been producing whisky since 1840! This Mackillop's Choice bottling features whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in June 1989 and…  More info

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice
$194.55

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 17 years before being bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV.  More info

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$104.37

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

70cl, 51.40%
Miltonduff

This is a single cask bottling of 19 year old Miltonduff single malt, presented as part of Hannah Whisky Merchant's Lady of the Glen range. This is a 1995 vintage Miltonduff, aged in a bourbon cask…  More info

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$97.04

Glenisla 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 19603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 43.30%
Glen Keith

Glenisla 36 year old single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Glenisla is an experimental peated malt from the Glen Keith distillery, who are known more for…  More info

Glenisla 36 Year Old 1977 (cask 19603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$361.34

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A very well-aged Inchgower from Montgomerie's distilled in October 1990 and bottled in March 2013.  More info

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$135.10

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A first fill sherry hogshead matured 1964 vintage from the Strathisla distillery. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Nicely smoky, the sherry provides great balance.  More info

Strathisla 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$839.47

Glenrothes Minister's Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve is on the higher end of their Travel Retail range, made with well-matured single malt, most of which was aged in Spanish oak casks. An excellent expression,…  More info

Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
$194.26

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

70cl, 51.10%
Glen Keith

This is a Lady of the Glen bottling of 19 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1995 (a few years before the distillery closed in…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$120.43

Aultmore 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Aultmore

A light Speyside single malt, released as part of The Ten series, by La Maison du Whisky. This comes from the Aultmore distillery, who distilled the whisky in 2005 and bottled in 2014 at 40.1% ABV.…  More info

Aultmore 2005 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)
$45.80

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish

70cl, 44.50%
Glenglassaugh

Aged for over four decades, this Glenglassaugh single malt is certainly well matured. It sits at 41 years of age, including a finishing period in a Sherry puncheon from the Massandra winery, which…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish
$669.08

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glenlossie

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, matured for 17 years in a single refill hogshead cask. It was distilled back in November 1997 and bottled by Douglas…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$88.63

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glenallachie

A 1999 vintage Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. It was distilled back in March 1999 and set aside to mature in a single refill Sherry…  More info

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$67.51

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 56.90%
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)
$291.98

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