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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.

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)
$68.33

Aberlour 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15050) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

Aberlour from the year 2000! Bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland, this Aberlour was aged in a single bourbon hogshead from 2000 to 2015, before it was bottled at 46% ABV. 318 bottles…  More info

Aberlour 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15050) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$67.80

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

70cl, 58.4%
Benrinnes

Here we see one of our very own Master of Malt Single Cask Series bottlings - an 18 year old Benrinnes! It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a bourbon cask until March 2016. We…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$95.36

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12361) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A single cask bottling of Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a Sherry butt that was filled in September 1994 and cracked open in April 2016. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the Old Malt…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12361) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$82.06

Glen Moray 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glen Moray - a long-running distillery in the Speyside region. A good portion of their whisky makes its way into some popular blends, though their single…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old
25
$30.96

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

Single cask Glen Moray distilled in June 2005 and bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in May 2016. Glen Moray is situated in the Speyside region, which is denoted by the red label within the…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.47

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This classic Speyside from Glenfiddich was the Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
136
$31.39

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range.  More info

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$46.39

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)
$69.34

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a fabulous little travel retail exclusive, named for European of Spanish oak, Quercus Robur. This is aged with a good proportion of first fill Oloroso sherry casks…  More info

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l
11
$64.23

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.5%
Knockando

A rich, darkly sherried Knockando from the Managers Choice series. This official bottling was distilled in 1996 and aged for 12 years in (presumably first fill!) sherry cask #800790 before bottling…  More info

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice
1
$174.72

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 45.6%
Glen Spey

A single cask Glen Spey single malt, distilled in 1988 and bottled at 26 years old by Bartels Whisky for the Highland Laird range. Yum yum yum...  More info

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$129.57

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.6%
The Glenlivet

Another official single cask bottling from The Glenlivet named after one of the farms in the Livet valley, Ladderfoot spent its 16 year maturation period in a Sherry butt (cask 120960).  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition
$185.70

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
$45.99

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming, this is a great 16 year old from Tomintoul. This is a half bottle - perfect for when a full bottle isn't required!  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl
$21.73

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which does not have many of their own bottlings, but does see a fair few independent releases. It was distilled in…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$47.96

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 54.8%
Aberlour

An independently bottled 20 year old Aberlour (well known for their superbly Sherried Speyside malts), matured in a refill hogshead and bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. A release of 261 bottles.  More info

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$148.71

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.6%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1991 and left to mature in a single Sherry cask. It was left to mature for 23 years before being bottled for…  More info

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice
1
$209.25

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$38.79

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)
$85.32

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
13
$99.23

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.8%
Ardmore

Indie Ardmore aged in a single bourbon barrel and bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled in August 2016, then released as part of La Maison…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$83.09

Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1997 vintage Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in refill American hogshead and refill bourbon…  More info

Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$64.60

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)
$30.04

SPEY Royal Choice

70cl, 46%
Speyside

In 1815, when Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall, he gave a cask of 'SPEY' whisky to King George III as a gift. The royal connection to SPEY whisky has continued in other ways,…  More info

SPEY Royal Choice
$150.66

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