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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.

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

70cl, 60.90%
Aberlour

Another A'Bunadh! An incredibly popular series of well-Sherried whiskies from the Aberlour distillery in the Highlands, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at generous ABVs. Batch #55…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
3
$51.49

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
$144.82

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
119
$54.82

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

70cl, 49.40%
The Macallan

An exquisite 25 year old Macallan single malt! This luxurious Speyside whisky was filled into a single refill Sherry hogshead on Monday 9th April 1990, emerging like a butterfly on 17th December 2015…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
3
$763.97

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
80
$76.74

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
$41.53

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

50cl, 43.50%
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)
1
$604.56

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
86
$49.97

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
13
$49.42

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
13
$37.37

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
13
$208.32

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.10%
Speyside

An 18 year old single cask single malt from the Speyside distillery, drawn from a Sherry butt and bottled by us! This was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in March 2016, with no chill-filtration or…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$69.20

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
31
$131.65

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
52
$93.20

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
27
$92.10

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

70cl, 47.80%
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
$53.14

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An independent bottling of 1998 vintage Macallan single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's extensive Speymalt series. This was bottled at 43% ABV in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$64.84

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas’ stunning new 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…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
22
$703.50

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.60%
Mortlach

The carnage continues in Dufftown. Is there a man strapped to that wheel the beast just rolled down the street?! Sparks are flying off of it! Oh, the humanity... It seems he can only be placated by…  More info

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$301.15

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
146
$40.54

Aberlour 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51%
Aberlour

The excellent Mash Tun whisky bar and hotel in Aberlour proudly features on the label of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Aberlour single malts, which from now on will also feature age statements. As…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$104.37

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
21
$87.94

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
81
$63.76

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
$49.19

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$78.71

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