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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.

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.  More info

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish
43
$159.27

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53

70cl, 59.70%
Aberlour

Another fantastic batch of Aberlour's A'Bunadh, which means 'the original’ in Gaelic, matured exclusively in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts. Batch 53 has an abv of 59.7%.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53
7
$46.48

Tamdhu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tamdhu

The new 10 year old, All Sherry Tamdhu. Retro bottle. Very cool.  More info

Tamdhu 10 Year Old
10
$41.10

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95…  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
75
$54.96

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.50%
Mortlach

Run for your lives, it's the Beast of Dufftown!!! Fortunately (despite the terrifying creature adorning the label of this first batch of Boutique-y Mortlach) it's actually the whisky itself that's…  More info

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$111.16

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Part of the Fine Oak range from the Macallan distillery in Speyside, this 21 year old is a marriage of both bourbon and sherry matured whisky.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
3
$337.83

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old

70cl, 44.80%
Glenglassaugh

The Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old was the first release from the distillery after the new owners took the reins in 2013, and they certainly started off on the right foot. It is presented in a rather…  More info

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old
3
$253.38

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Named Best Speyside Single Malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old
6
$49.25

The Macallan Rare Cask

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Rare Cask single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the UK in mid 2015, after being launched in the US in late 2014. It's comprised of whiskies drawn from 16 different Sherry cask…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask
7
$229.11

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
67
$75.99

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavour. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable…  More info

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
100
$55.41

Benromach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old
23
$42.01

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A limited edition Macallan Gold with a special Masters of Photography box featuring work by Ernie Button, who has taken various extraordinary pictures of the dried remains of single malts. Also…  More info

The Macallan Gold - Ernie Button Masters of Photography Capsule Edition
$45.67

Macduff 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55%
Macduff

25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, bottled by us as part of our Single Cask Series collection. Back in May 1990, this whisky was distilled and filled into a Sherry…  More info

Macduff 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$145.02

Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

Aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in first fill European oak Sherry casks, DoubleWood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood
129
$41.33

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

The 12 year old expression from Macallan's Fine Oak range, matured in a selection of American and European oak casks seasoned with Sherry, as well as American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak
4
$90.62

Glenfarclas 105

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.  More info

Glenfarclas 105
41
$54.10

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the distillery.  More info

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve
31
$26.58

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.40%
Mortlach

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
12
$54.35

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

If you like sherried whisky, you will love this super 25 year old from Glenfarclas. It oozes noble blood and devastating class.  More info

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old
26
$130.57

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
43
$93.04

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release

70cl, 47.30%
Balvenie

This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. Previous…  More info

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release
1
$820.48

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 21 year old bottling from Glenfiddich, finished in casks used previously to age Caribbean Rum.  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva
26
$167.71

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
68
$70.12

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Dailuaine

A Flora and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery, a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great digestive.  More info

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
4
$63.27

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