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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.

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004

70cl, 43%
Knockando

It's the 2004 vintage 12 year old expression from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. These expressions from Knockando are reliably tasty, affordable whiskies.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004
$34.22

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Ardmore

15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, distilled in May 2000 and bottled in May 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead for that time, before said cask was…  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.15

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$60.67

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glenlossie

The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$49.12

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Distilled in 2004, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky has enjoyed a finishing period in Port pipes to impart sweet, fruity notes to the Speyside whisky. It was bottled in 2016 as part of the…  More info

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$60.27

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition commemorative bottling of Beinn Dubh single malt, produced to mark the return of the return of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum. A release of…  More info

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman
$52.56

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

Distilled at Glen Grant in 1995 and matured in a single cask for a couple of decades, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled those lovely people at Wemyss Malts.  More info

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)
$91.36

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement, and it comes at a punchy…  More info

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old
$47.76

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Distilled in 2000, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was botted in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$55.85

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 55.9%
Mortlach

A single cask bottling of Mortlach single malt, distilled in 1998 and bottled by Signatory in 2016. Before it was bottled, it was finished in a Sherry cask for 58 months, imparting rich, sweet fruit…  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$164.63

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$78.90

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

A 21 year old Longmorn single malt, distilled in September 1992 and bottled in May 2014 by the chaps at Hunter Laing. A release of 285 bottles, presented as part of their excellent Old Malt Cask…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$86.05

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$36.31

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 5 year old Ardmore here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in 2011 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled for the Strictly Limited range by Càrn Mòr with an outturn of 690…  More info

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.19

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.3%
Linkwood

The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)
$614.89

Glen Moray Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.  More info

Glen Moray Classic
78
$23.40

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenglassaugh

An independent bottling of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Having previously been Glenglassaugh's Managing Director, don't be surprised if this an absolute belter,…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$519.00

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Inchgower

A single cask bottling of Speyside malt distilled at Inchgower in May 1995 from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill butt was 690 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10880) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$85.97

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Benrinnes

This is a 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one refill hogshead which housed the whisky from April 1996 to June 2016. This has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range,…  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$84.37

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
$217.12

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.6%
Glenrothes

25 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled back in June 1990 and bottled in June 2015 with an outturn of 285 bottles. This comes to us via…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$232.73

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

The Spirit & Cask Range is made up of whiskies selected by German whisky importers Whiskymax. This single cask Glen Grant was distilled in October 1992 and bottled in 2015 without chill filtration…  More info

Glen Grant 1992 (cask 0815) - Spirit & Cask Range
$78.99

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.1%
Tamdhu

A new release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, presented by la Maison Du Whisky as part of their The Ten range. This one is #08 - the range goes from #00 to #10, with their…  More info

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$62.71

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836346) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.4%
Miltonduff

Just 82 bottles of this incredible 31 year old Miltonduff were produced, which is rather fitting in this case, as it was distilled in '82. Speaking of cases, as we were, this single cask whisky comes…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836346) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$369.38

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 2015 addition to the Ardmore range - this 12 year old single malt was initially matured in American white oak bourbon casks before being transferred over to Port pipes for a finishing period. Its…  More info

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish
$48.39

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