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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.

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in April 2002, set aside to age in a Sherry butt and bottled in August 2015 at 50% ABV. 120…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$63.63

Beinn Dubh 20 Year Old - Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

The Speyside distillery released this 20 year old limited edition expression of their Beinn Dubh single malt to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson…  More info

Beinn Dubh 20 Year Old - Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$209.35

Benromach 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 4606)

70cl, 48.9%
Benromach

Very well aged single malt from the benromach distillery, distilled in 1973 and matured in a single refill American hogshead until 2016, when it was bottled at 48.9% ABV. An incredibly small release…  More info

Benromach 1973 (bottled 2016) (cask 4606)
1
$1,500.13

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)
$1,853.94

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.8%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$102.03

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.2%
Mortlach

This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel from March 2008 to September 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$91.97

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside; matured in a single cask. The cask was filled in 1997 and opened in 2014, when the whisky was bottled for the Coopers…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$72.55

Glenfiddich Select Cask

100cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Launched for the travel retail market, Glenfiddich Select Cask is comprised of whisky from... Well, from select casks. These whiskies are then married together in a Solera vat, resulting in a rich…  More info

Glenfiddich Select Cask
15
$42.63

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10992) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An 8 year old Inchgower, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range (which was treated to a redesign in early 2016). This was distilled in September 2007 and left to age in a refill hoggie…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10992) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.43

Mortlach 25 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

The oldest expression from the 2014 release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whiskies is their 25 Year Old. Mortlach use whisky matured mostly in refill American oak casks, aged for a quarter of a…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old
2
$628.66

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Indie Inchgower! This bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery was filled into its Sherry butt in September 1995, which was emptied in February 2016 and bottled…  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$87.68

Glen Moray 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 2950) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 49.8%
Glen Moray

This is a Càrn Mòr bottling of 24 year old Glen Moray single malt, matured in one hogshead cask. It was distilled in June 1992 and bottled in September 2016 as part of their Celebration of the Cask…  More info

Glen Moray 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 2950) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$130.63

Glenfiddich "Clan Sutherland" - Clans of the Highlands - 70cl 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A Glenfiddich Clans of the Highlands bottling from the 1980s, with a presentation tin featuring a rather regal-looking-chap from the Clan Sutherland (and a hound).  More info

Glenfiddich
$128.96

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

7 year old single malt from the Dailuaine distillery, finished in a wine cask! This was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when the chaps from Langside got their hands on it and bottled it…  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.94

Craigellachie 13 Year Old 2003 (cask 127) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 58.9%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie single malt, aged in a bourbon hogshead for 13 years! This was distilled in June 2003 and bottled in July 2016 by the chaps from A. D. Rattray for their Cask Collection…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old 2003 (cask 127) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$66.99

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 59.7%
Macduff

A 12 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from August 2002 to July 2015 before being bottled at cask strength for Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range. 648 bottles were…  More info

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$81.51

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 45.6%
Glen Spey

A single cask Glen Spey single malt, distilled in 1988 and bottled at 26 years old by Bartels Whisky for the Highland Laird range. Yum yum yum...  More info

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$138.63

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1990s

70cl, 40%
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 1990s.  More info

Glenfiddich Pure Malt - 1990s
$154.75

Longmorn 28 Year Old 1984 (cask 3213) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, selected by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range. The whisky matured in a sherry cask for 28 years before bottling.  More info

Longmorn 28 Year Old 1984 (cask 3213) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$185.35

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
2
$42.74

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

70cl, 51.4%
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)
$85.72

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks,…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l
1
$64.48

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 7 year old Dufftown single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. It was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when it was bottled for the Càrn Mòr Stictly Limited…  More info

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$39.07

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.2%
Tamnavulin

Tamnavulin single malt, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2016 by Malts of Scotland, an independent bottler in Germany. Drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, 162 bottles of this delicious whisky were…  More info

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland
$160.12

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.6%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1,491.88

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