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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.

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)
$75.42

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
8
$162.08

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Sherry-butt-matured Braeval single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in 1997 and allowed to mature for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled for The First Editions range at cask…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$84.53

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 56.9%
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)
$240.77

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$84.72

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement, and it comes at a punchy…  More info

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old
$46.93

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
$61.94

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)
$71.05

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

70cl, 53.1%
Tormore

19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask! It was distilled in 1995 and bottled 19 years later by Hannah Whisky Merchants for their Lady of the Glen range at…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$98.93

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in the Speyside region, matured for 18 years in a single refill butt. Back in June 1997, the cask was filled and set…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$71.05

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

Single malt from the Royal Brackla distillery, independently bottled by the excellent chaps at Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled in 1998 and aged until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV for…  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$50.58

Glenfiddich 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 8387) - Rare Collection

70cl, 56.3%
Glenfiddich

22 year old single cask Glenfiddich single malt? Music to our ears, those words. This one was distilled back in 1992, back when their stills were lit by coal fires rather than gas (as they are now).…  More info

Glenfiddich 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 8387) - Rare Collection
$1,187.18

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 56.3%
Glen Moray

This is an independent bottling of 21 year old single malt from the Glen Moray distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled by the ever-brilliant Berry Bros. & Rudd, as part of their Berry's…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$165.04

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.9%
Glenfarclas

From the Spring 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range comes a 1992 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in a single butt cask until December 2014. It's presented at…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$250.27

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.9%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$82.53

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glenlossie

The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$48.45

Aultmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Dewer's 'The Last Great Malts' range was unveiled in 2014, and with it came this 25 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky. Not afraid to show its age, this expression is packed with baked…  More info

Aultmore 25 Year Old
$329.71

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Benrinnes

This is a 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one refill hogshead which housed the whisky from April 1996 to June 2016. This has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range,…  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$83.57

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 304709) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Benrinnes

Independently bottled Benrinnes single malt, aged for 15 years in a single cask before being bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore). It was distilled in May 2001…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 304709) - The Single Cask
$76.11

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Macduff distillery, aged for 8 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and left alone until 2016, when it was bottled by Langside for their…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$39.75

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)
$125.50

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from 2008 to 2015. It was then bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range - a sweet, cakey Craigellachie...  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$36.47

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
$123.89

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

70cl, 51.5%
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)
$90.89

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$63.47

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