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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.

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

70cl, 55.10%
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)
$135.28

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.60%
Glenfarclas

Ah, Glenfarclas Family Casks. Glorious whiskies. Dream whiskies. Here we have one distilled back in 1966 and bottled in December 2015 after almost half a century in a single Sherry butt! Part of the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1286.35

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
2
$98.80

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Distilled in March 1993, this Allt-á-Bhainne was bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2015. Matured in a single refill hogshead, 295 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$99.79

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd, this Linkwood single cask whisky is 19 years old.  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$93.98

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

Very, very well aged Glenfarclas single malt right here, from their brilliant Family Cask selection. This one was distilled all the way back in 1974 and left to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$836.21

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.80%
Tormore

A 1999 vintage Tormore single malt matured in three first fill bourbon barrels (4737, 4739 and 4740) and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Cask Strength range.  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old 1999 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$69.17

Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.40%
Tamdhu

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling from Hunter Laing of 25 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in September 1988, matured in a sherry butt for 25 years and bottled at natural…  More info

Tamdhu 25 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$235.09

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glendullan

From the Glendullan distillery comes this 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky, by way of the Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies, produced by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back…  More info

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.59

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$72.39

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

Glenrothes 2001
5
$63.84

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

This is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Linkwood in 1997, and left to age in bourbon casks for 18 years, until 2015. It was then bottled by WM Cadenhead, a long-running independent whisky…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$71.39

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.50%
Glen Spey

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$79.84

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.70%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$120.74

Glen Moray Classic Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Looking for a great birthday or Christmas present? This Glen Moray Classic set is sure to make someone's day. It comes with 2 branded glasses and a bottled of Glen Moray Classic, their excellent…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
2
$36.89

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.50%
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
$209.71

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old & "101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die" (Ian Buxton)

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A handsome gift set containing a bottle of 21 year old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky and Ian Buxton's excellent book '101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die'.  More info

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old &
$104.63

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.06

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Benrinnes

This is an Old Particular bottling of Benrinnes single malt, distilled in July 1999 and matured in a single Sherry butt. 15 years later, this Sherried Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing with an…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460)  - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$71.67

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice

70cl, 61.10%
Glen Elgin

A special single cask release from Diageo, a single cask was selected from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries as part of their recently launched Managers Choice. This Glen Elgin was matured in…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 - Managers Choice
$264.69

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.50%
Dailuaine

Released as part of Douglas Laing's Single Minded, this is a single cask Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which matured the whisky for 7 long years.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$37.64

Glenrothes 1971 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Cor, look at this - a 1971 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail. A very well Sherried Speysider, this one. It also comes…  More info

Glenrothes 1971 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$516.79

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9935) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Moray

After the Douglas Laing assets were divided, Stewart Laing's new company Hunter Laing got the Old Malt Cask brand. This Glen Moray 21 Year Old, distilled in October 1991 and bottled in August 2013,…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9935) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$109.57

Glenglassaugh 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 1118/8) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 43.60%
Glenglassaugh

Another of Glenglassaugh's second batch of Rare Cask releases, showcasing their well aged malts, in this case finished in a single Port hogshead with an outturn of 276 bottles.  More info

Glenglassaugh 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 1118/8) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$517.15

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The elegantly presented 18 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky comes from the Speyside Distillery. It's matured in Sherry casks, giving it a good dose of those sweet, spiced notes which are so…  More info

SPEY 18 Year Old
$90.30

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