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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.

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This was drawn from a single refill hogshead which was home to the whisky from 2008 to 2015, after…  More info

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$37.90

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.92

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 58.5%
Glenfarclas

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 release comes a 2000 vintage single malt which was matured in refill Sherry butt #4075 until August 2015. 650 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$205.85

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl
1
$17.48

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.6%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1996 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was released as part of the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. 588…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$286.36

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%
Dufftown

A single cask single malt from the Dufftown distillery, independently bottled by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. Hogshead #19501 was laid down in December 1997 and…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$70.65

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Grant

25 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for some very special whiskies indeed. This one was distilled all the way…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$192.77

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.6%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1,441.75

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Rothes. After maturing for 8 years in a combination of refill Sherry hogsheads and refill bourbon barrels,…  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$31.06

Tomintoul 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and…  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old
17
$42.41

BenRiach Heart of Speyside

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.  More info

BenRiach Heart of Speyside
5
$25.60

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%
The Glenlivet

34 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in November 1981 and set aside to age until the chaps from Signatory came along and bottled it up…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$312.04

Mortlach Special Strength

50cl, 49%
Mortlach

Mortlach Special Strength comes from the 2014 relaunch of Mortlach's range, though was originally released for the Travel Retail market. This has been bottled at 49% ABV, which brings out plenty of…  More info

Mortlach Special Strength
$78.81

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$57.99

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
$154.74

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glen Spey

A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$45.65

The Glenrothes 2001

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

This edition of the Glenrothes range is their 2001 vintage single malt Scotch comes in the Speyside company's redesigned packaging. Ronnie Cox, the director at Berry Bros. & Rudd calls it…  More info

The Glenrothes 2001
6
$55.00

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 7 year old Dufftown single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. It was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when it was bottled for the Càrn Mòr Stictly Limited…  More info

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$37.76

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%
Glenfarclas

From the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask range comes a 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt - cask #1, in fact! Ain't that somethin'! It was matured in said cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$237.42

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks,…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l
1
$62.31

Royal Brackla 21 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

The oldest of three new Royal Brackla single malts launched in 2015 as part of the Last Great Malts from John Dewar & Sons. Distilled slowly, with plenty of reflux and matured in Oloroso Sherry…  More info

Royal Brackla 21 Year Old
1
$155.78

Benromach 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Benromach

Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon…  More info

Benromach 5 Year Old
$27.65

Tomintoul 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10780) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Tomintoul

20 year old single malt from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in a refill hogshead from May 1995 to May 2015. Following it's maturation, it was bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Tomintoul 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10780) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$88.97

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Elgin

A very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old
11
$39.83

Glenglassaugh 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 1601) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1

70cl, 44.3%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the first batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh comes this 1968 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which spent a massive 45 years ageing, including a finishing period in a Sherry…  More info

Glenglassaugh 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 1601) - Rare Cask Release Batch 1
2
$1,243.74

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