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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.

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.70%
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
$154.32

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A 1967 Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled in 2015, presented with a delightfully retro label, which is rather apt considering the…  More info

Strathisla 1967 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$609.38

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

70cl, 43%
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)
$3550.23

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. One fateful day in January 1993, cask #10585 was filled with the Strathmill spirit, which matured…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.05

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

70cl, 45.90%
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
5
$20942.75

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$46.11

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$80.22

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

70cl, 60%
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)
$65.37

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

70cl, 49%
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)
$87.64

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

70cl, 50%
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)
$97.30

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)
$1157.31

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.10%
Tomintoul

Say hello to the second batch of Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Once again, it's a Boutique-y label with a cocktail recipe on it - this one coming from…  More info

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$79.31

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)
$629.31

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by the chaps at Berry Brothers and Rudd. This 14 year old single malt was distilled back in 1999 and set aside to age in…  More info

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$65.02

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)
$67.05

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

This is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Linkwood in 1997, and left to age in bourbon casks for 18 years, until 2015. It was then bottled by WM Cadenhead, a long-running independent whisky…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$65.28

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)
$141.00

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3171) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.20%
Glenglassaugh

A 40 year old whisky from a distillery that was closed for nineteen years before 2005. Hand selected by Master Blender Billy Walker, this Glenglassaugh Rare Cask release was finished in a single…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3171) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$641.27

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)
$1344.76

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%
$62.64

Glenrothes 1971 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Cor, look at this - a 1971 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail. A very well Sherried Speysider, this one. It also comes…  More info

Glenrothes 1971 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$532.11

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (Gordon & Macphail)
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$722.75

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)
$115.80

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)
$47.41

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)
$77.19

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