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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 Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
1
$48.61

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach, matured in tiny quarter casks! The smaller casks encourage greater interaction between the spirit, the oak and the air allowing the whisky to take on lots of character in a shorter…  More info

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks
1
$53.85

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.10%
Aultmore

Darkness! whiskies spend at least six months in specially coopered fresh 50 litre Sherry cask (Oloroso in this case). For this 6 year old Aultmore single malt, that's around a twelfth of its…  More info

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$70.18

Glenburgie 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenburgie

A 10 year old from Glenburgie, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and first fill sherry butts.  More info

Glenburgie 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
9
$32.78

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.70%
Strathmill

An independently bottled Strathmill, aged in a bourbon barrel for 24 years. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 190 bottles, presented as part of Càrn Mòr's…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$126.28

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.40%
Glenfarclas

A rich ruby Family Cask from Glenfarclas! Bottled on 28th November 2014 for inclusion in the Spring 2015 releases, 281 bottles emerged from the single Sherry butt where it had been getting richer and…  More info

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1326.53

Cardhu 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info

Cardhu 15 Year Old
4
$48.24

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing the 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
162
$36.06

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$51.23

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak
2
$421.37

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows…  More info

Craigellachie 17 Year Old
3
$87.47

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 35cl bottling of the classic Glenfarclas 12 Year Old. As you'd expect from the renowned distillery in Speyside, this one is packed to the brim with spectacular Sherried, dried fruit notes all the…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl
1
$18.59

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$64.98

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
$17.56

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

Yet another independent bottling from Hunter Laing's wonderful Old Malt Cask range - this one features an 18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead. It was…  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$83.51

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside…  More info

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation
$46.27

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

8 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas distillery, known around the world of their splendidly Sherried expressions. The Glenfarclas 8 Year Old leans more in the…  More info

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old
$32.87

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.20%
Glen Keith

An indie bottling of Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of bourbon barrels for 23 years. This was distilled in October 1992 and bottled nearly a quarter of a century later in march…  More info

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 120581 & 120582) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$90.19

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood, distill in June 1997 and bottled by Langside in 2016. part of the Distiller's Art range, it's been aged in a refill hogshead and bottled at natural cask strength without chill…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$81.79

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glentauchers

An 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glentauchers, a cracking distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling was distilled in December 1996 and set aside to mature in a single refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$78.03

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.10%
Aberlour

An indie Aberlour here, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. This is a 26 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, matured in a…  More info

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$193.64

BenRiach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Launched in April 2015, the release of BenRiach 10 Year Old marks a milestone in The BenRiach Distillery Company's ownership. For the first time we have a core bottling created predominantly with…  More info

BenRiach 10 Year Old
8
$33.98

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in…  More info

Glenglassaugh Torfa
4
$43.03

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl
4
$21.43

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
8
$169.63

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