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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.

The Macallan Edition No.2

70cl, 48.2%
The Macallan

The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (named Best Restaurant in the World…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.2
5
$79.86

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
28
$52.43

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Part of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series comes a single malt which was finished for three months in casks which previously held IPA! Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
6
$46.72

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
50
$141.06

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
120
$51.96

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
81
$37.89

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
17
$197.07

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 57

70cl, 60.7%
Aberlour

Excellent single malt Scotch whisky from Aberlour - it's the 57th batch of their A'Bunadh expression! These releases are made with whisky drawn from Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 57
2
$49.50

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX

70cl, 47%
Glenfiddich

The second release in Glenfiddich's Experimental Series is their Project XX expression, which was made not simply by one Malt Master, but 20! 20 Malt Masters were invited to the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX
$50.87

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The third darkest and third most expensive bottling in the no age statement, sherry matured 1824 Series from The Macallan. Sienna is a naturally occuring pigment, referring not only to the hue of…  More info

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series
27
$69.62

Glenrothes 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%
Glenrothes

A 25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This'll be perfect for raising a toast to ghost with - it's a tradition to toast to…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$124.67

Glen Keith 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%
Glen Keith

A 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - once again adorned with the chaps off of the Edinburgh Whisky Blog!…  More info

Glen Keith 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$109.08

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
49
$95.39

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
79
$46.66

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 52.6%
Glenrothes

Single cask single malt from the excellent Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, independently bottled by our fair hands for our very own Single Cask Series. This 25 year old whisky was distilled in…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$181.83

Aberlour 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

This rich, spicy 18 year old from Aberlour was only released for general consumption in 2008, prior to this it had only been produced for the French market.  More info

Aberlour 18 Year Old
18
$87.70

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

The 12 year old expression from The Macallan 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
10
$62.71

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. These are limited edition bottlings, with each bottle being one of…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill
34
$52.42

The Macallan Estate Reserve

70cl, 45.7%
The Macallan

Launched for the travel retail market, this stunning Macallan is made in sherry-seasoned hoggies and is bottled at 80 UK proof. Very tasty stuff from the 1824 Collection.  More info

The Macallan Estate Reserve
4
$206.41

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

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 DoubleWood 12 Year Old
131
$38.45

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
51
$50.96

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
34
$124.67

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
79
$73.07

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 47.7%
The Glenlivet

Independently bottled 33 year old Glenlivet here - oh yes, this'll be tasty stuff! It was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2010 by Murray McDavid as part of their Mission Gold range, and it certainly…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$328.27

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
$140.04

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