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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.

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40.0%
Glen Grant

Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info

Glen Grant 1964 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$568.85

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.21

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

70cl, 50.0%
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)
$88.24

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.5%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$802.82

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenglassaugh

An independent bottling of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Having previously been Glenglassaugh's Managing Director, don't be surprised if this an absolute belter,…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$538.62

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40.0%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
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$88.63

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.2%
Macduff

A terrific Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask #4458. It was distilled back in 1968 and matured for 2 score and 5 years (45 years if you're not Abraham…  More info

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1358.98

BenRiach 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 55.9%
BenRiach

Independently bottled BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill puncheon. This Speyside single malt was distilled in October 1989 and bottled in October 2014 with an outturn…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$229.58

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Spey

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$109.14

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Brackla

A 1998 vintage Royal Brackla single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in refill bourbon barrels from 1998 to 2014, when it was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$54.03

Glenallachie 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 0940) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, aged in a refill Sherry cask for 23 years. It was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013 by The Vintage Malt Whisky…  More info

Glenallachie 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 0940) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$85.44

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Macduff

Single cask Macduff, proudly presented for the Provenance collection by Douglas Laing (who have given the range a bit of a make-over). This was distilled in August 2007 and left to mature for 8 years…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10986) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$41.09

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, well-known around MoM Towers for having loads of lovely berry notes. This was distilled in November 2007, aged in a refill hogshead…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.72

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.9%
Glen Moray

An independent Glen Moray single malt from Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, distilled in March 1994 and bottled in October 2015. The outturn was 216 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$92.88

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Tormore

27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery, aged in a single refill butt. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled 27 years later in April 2016 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$113.33

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)
$50.07

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40.0%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1406.03

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.7%
Glenburgie

A 23 year old Gleenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. This particular batch consisted of 456 bottles, all filled…  More info

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$97.50

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$620.66

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$145.96

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Linkwood

A lovely Linkwood single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This little treat was distilled back in June 1997 and left to age for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. It…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.23

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Linkwood

Distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd, this Linkwood single cask whisky is 19 years old.  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$89.61

The Deveron 18 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
Macduff

This is The Deveron 18 Year Old, launched in September 2015 (alongside a 12 Year Old expression, too). This relaunch came complete with new frosted glass bottles and 'The' at the start of its name.  More info

The Deveron 18 Year Old
$59.43

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46.0%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$41.60

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
$161.16

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