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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.

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)
$124.91

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)
$109.29

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
$46.81

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.5%
The Macallan

Another batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The second batch to carry an age statement - a full 29 years on this occasion - the label once again features the…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
4
$572.70

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
117
$51.94

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
16
$197.34

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Introduced in 2016 (along with a 12 Year Old expression), this 18 Year Old Glen Grant delivers gorgeous notes of vanilla, nuts and caramel. This was named Jim Murray's Second Finest Whisky in the…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition
2
$113.45

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
48
$134.74

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
$87.95

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
$48.77

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
78
$72.69

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
3
$80.01

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
78
$47.34

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
$124.71

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An 18 year old single malt, joining Macallan's Fine Oak range. The series shows off a deft balance between juicy Sherried notes and vanilla/citrus rich bourbon oak elements.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak
$187.40

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%
Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown is back, and it's continuing to run amok around the peaceful streets! Yes, it's the third bottling of Mortlach single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$97.83

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
9
$62.43

Macallan Rare Cask Black

70cl, 48%
The Macallan

Smoky Macallan?! Yes indeed friends, such a thing exists! Macallan Rare Cask Black was made from a marriage of less than 100 casks, resulting in an expression that shows off a fascinating combination…  More info

Macallan Rare Cask Black
$468.57

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
129
$37.96

Blended Malt #1 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%
Balvenie

That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second batch of 'teaspooned whisky' #1, almost exclusively from a highly celebrated, top Speyside distillery. In the whisky world, famous distilleries often sell…  More info

Blended Malt #1 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$86.38

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old (46%)

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas’ stunning 40 year old whisky launched during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2010, and not only is it absolutely astonishing, it is also amazing value for money! It offers all of…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old (46%)
18
$728.90

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
47
$46.60

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
$130.11

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

50cl, 49.8%
Longmorn

Independently bottled 25 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. If you had a snoop around the distillery in Speyside region, you might be…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$145.73

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
$87.25

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