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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.

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from August 2008 to November 2015 in a single refill hogshead. This was bottled at 46% ABV by the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.70

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff bottled by The Maltman (The Maltman? The Maltman!). It was distilled in October 2008 and aged in a bourbon cask for 6 years before being bottled at 50% ABV in February 2015.…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman
$51.24

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

This is the second release of 37 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glen Grant in 1973 and bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli.  More info

Glen Grant 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 6588) - 2nd Release - Samaroli
$489.47

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)
$128.95

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Keith

This right here is a 20 year old Glen Keith, which was matured in a single hogshead cask. Said hogshead was filled up by Glen Keith in November 1995 and, in June 2016, it was cracked open by Douglas…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$80.04

Glendullan 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.4%
Glendullan

Independently bottled Glendullan single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and matured for 19 years until 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 480 bottles by WM Cadenhead for their Small…  More info

Glendullan 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$73.00

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$59.23

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon…  More info

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$49.11

Glenfiddich "Clan Montgomerie" - Clans of the Highlands

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A cool collectible from years gone by - this bottling of Glenfiddich was released as part of their Clans of the Highlands series, each of which celebrating a different Scottish clan on the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$101.84

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

This is a Coopers Choice bottling of 19 year old single malt from Longmorn, a very handsome distillery which resides in the Speyside region. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 after…  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$83.81

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 50.2%
The Macallan

Ooh, an independent bottling of 1990 vintage Macallan here from the Rest & Be Thankful range! It was matured in a single bourbon cask which was filled in 1990 and emptied in 2016 - this one's a…  More info

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$701.17

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 48.8%
BenRiach

A BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. This one (a 37 year old) was given a finishing period in a Tawny Port hogshead before being…  More info

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$481.50

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

This independently bottled Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single Sherry butt for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled by Douglas Laing. A handsomely Sherried…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$40.24

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach, matured in tiny quarter casks! The smaller casks encourage greater interaction between the spirit, the oak and the air allowing the whisky to take on lots of character in a shorter…  More info

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks
1
$52.87

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

This Glen Grant was made to commemorate Glen Grant's 170th anniversary.  More info

Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition
1
$115.30

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11205) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask single malt from the Braeval distillery, bottle by the fantastic Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1997 and set aside to mature in a single…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11205) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.83

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)
$135.70

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Glen Spey

An indie bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. It was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in November 2015 with an…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$120.84

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

50cl, 54.1%
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)
$76.33

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 57%
Dailuaine

An independently bottled Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and aged in a single cask for 19 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay. 236 cask strength bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)
$119.03

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

50cl, 52.1%
Strathmill

This is That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second batch of independently bottled Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky. Strathmill was once a porridge oats mill, and was also owned by W. & A. Gilbey…  More info

Strathmill - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$97.53

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.50

Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.7%
Dailuaine

A 24 year old Dailuaine, which has been allowed to age in a single bourbon barrel from March 1992 to May 2016. It was independently bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of the Celebration of the Cask range,…  More info

Dailuaine 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 3135) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$128.95

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glen Spey

A 1999 vintage Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1999 to February 2015. It was then bottled as part of the excellent Old Particular range by Douglas…  More info

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.65

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

Single cask Glen Moray distilled in June 2005 and bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in May 2016. Glen Moray is situated in the Speyside region, which is denoted by the red label within the…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.46

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