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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.

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Initially matured in refill American oak barrels, this 17 year old from BenRiach spent a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
1
$70.94

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
$42.85

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 42.7%
Glenfarclas

Another addition to the Glenfarclas Family Cask range (which already features oodles of astonishing single cask whiskies) - this one is a 1974 vintage single malt aged in a refill hogshead until July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$2,786.17

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3205) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55.5%
Glen Elgin

20 year old single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery, independently bottled by A. D. rattray as part of their Cask Collection series. This was distilled in December 1995 and bottled in September…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3205) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$79.57

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

70cl, 48%
Aberlour

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered
5
$43.78

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing distillery. Bottled in batches…  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$55.81

SPEY Trutina

70cl, 46%
Speyside

A well-balanced single malt from the SPEY range released in late 2016 (alongside their first peated whisky - Fumare) matured in bourbon casks. The name comes from a Latin way of expressing balance,…  More info

SPEY Trutina
$39.53

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Keith

This right here is a 20 year old Glen Keith, which was matured in a single hogshead cask. Said hogshead was filled up by Glen Keith in November 1995 and, in June 2016, it was cracked open by Douglas…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11169) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$78.23

Glenallachie Distillery Edition

70cl, 40%
Glenallachie

The Glenallachie Distillery Edition gives some of the spotlight on its label to the Ben Rinnes mountain. Sitting at the foot of the mountain, Glenallachie uses water that comes from a spring 3,000ft…  More info

Glenallachie Distillery Edition
$31.05

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul. This was introduced to their range in 2002, two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old
4
$29.37

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul, in a half bottle size.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl
$16.47

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 13269) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An Old Malt Cask bottling of 19 year old single malt from Speyside's lovely Linkwood distillery, aged in a single refill hogshead cask. Back in June 1997, cask #13269 was filled and set aside to…  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 13269) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.01

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a Rosé-wine-finished refill hogshead. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled by Langside in 2016 for their Hepburn's Choice range - 373…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)
$42.92

Glenfarclas 105 35cl

35cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of the astounding cask strength release from Glenfarclas. This was created in honour of George S Grant who would bottle a cask and leave it at cask strength to give to family and…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 35cl
2
$29.27

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1958 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's rather extensive range of Glen Grant vintages. This was matured in first fill sherry casks, Gordon and MacPhail describe the result "rich, sherried - a…  More info

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,114.51

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

17 year old Tamdhu single malt, as presented by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in March 1998 and set aside to age in a refill hogshead until May 2015, when it was bottled at 48.4% ABV. 234 bottles…  More info

Tamdhu 17 Year Old 1998 (cask 10768) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$71.57

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A 2014 addition to Glen Moray's selection of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, their Classic Port Cask Finish is treated to an 8 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks before being bottled.  More info

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
7
$32.51

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Benrinnes

Independently bottled Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled in September 1991 and bottled in February 2015 with an outturn of 247 bottles by…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$116.34

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

A 23 year old single cask Glenlivet distilled on 12th June 1989 and bottled in March 2013 by Montgomerie's. No chill filtration or artificial colouring is used.  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$135.18

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.2%
Mortlach

19 year old single malt from Speyside's Mortlach distillery, aged in a single cask and independently bottled by... us! Yes, it's another delicious Mortlach joining our Single Cask Series! This whisky…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$147.17

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 195 & 196) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of 20 year old single malt from one of the many distilleries in the Speyside region - Mortlach! This was distilled in July 1996 and aged in a pair of hogshead casks until…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 195 & 196) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$54.79

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Tamdhu

An indie bottling of Tamdhu - we don't see nearly enough of these! This one was matured in a refill hogshead from August 1998 to 2016, before being bottled at 18 years old by Langside for the…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$81.33

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This is the St Andrews edition of Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series, released in the 1980s. It includes a 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky and a presentation tin…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s
$99.53

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Produced in the 1980s, this Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky includes a presentation tin featuring Sir Mungo Murray of the Clan Murray. He was the Son of the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$99.53

Aultmore 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An indie bottling of 6 year old Aultmore single malt, matured in a pair of Sherry hogshead casks which were filled in 2010 and cracked open in 2016 by the folks from Càrn Mòr as part of their…  More info

Aultmore 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$36.35

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