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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.

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48%
Glenallachie

Indie Glenallachie! This WM Cadenhead bottling of 22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in 1992 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2015, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$76.52

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)
$85.75

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenlossie

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, matured for 17 years in a single refill hogshead cask. It was distilled back in November 1997 and bottled by Douglas…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.66

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 48.1%
Glenfarclas

Drinks by the Dram have introduced an Advent Calendar filled with Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whiskies for 2016! A legend of the Speyside region, the Glenfarclas distillery is well known for their…  More info

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
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$415.36

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

Càrn Mòr's Strictly Limited range is made up of independent bottlings of single malt whiskies taken from two single casks and bottled at 46% abv. In this case, the spirit was distilled at…  More info

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$70.14

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.87

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Glen Grant

A release of 426 bottles of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt matured in a single cask and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range in October 2014.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$117.81

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)
$60.45

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)
$62.36

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.49

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.9%
Glenfarclas

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
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$14,534.16

Glenglassaugh 40 year Old 1972 (cask R13/08/01) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 43.1%
Glenglassaugh

A Càrn Mòr bottling of Glenglassaugh, distilled in December 1972, long before the distillery closed for over 20 years in 1986. During that tumultuous time for Glenglassaugh, this whisky slumbered in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 year Old 1972 (cask R13/08/01) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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$446.42

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
138
$32.45

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.2%
Strathmill

A 23 year old Strathmill single malt bottled by Cadenhead's in 2015 when 438 bottles were produced at 47.2% abv.  More info

Strathmill 23 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$86.34

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This single malt Scotch whisky came from the Aultmore distillery in Speyside by way of Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 2000 and aged in a combination of…  More info

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.76

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.6%
Glen Grant

A classic Speyside distillery, Glen Grant have been producing whisky since 1840! This Mackillop's Choice bottling features whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in June 1989 and…  More info

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice
$166.07

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.5%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 18 years in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2015 with 229 bottles produced, presented at…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$99.86

Glenrothes Triple Pack (3 x 10cl)

30cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A pack of three different single malts from Speyside's renowned Glenrothes distillery, presented in 10cl miniatures! This triple pack contains a 10cl miniature of their 1998 vintage, the 1988 vintage…  More info

Glenrothes Triple Pack (3 x 10cl)
$43.83

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated
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$165.82

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

A 17 year old Glenlossie, drawn from a bourbon cask and bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. as part of their Cooper's Choice range. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, with only 300…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$80.94

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,496.12

The Ardmore Legacy

70cl, 40%
Ardmore

Released in 2014 to take the place of the Ardmore Traditional, the Legacy brings a lightly-peated, wood spice-led flavour profile to the table. At its core, the Ardmore Legacy is made with 80% peated…  More info

The Ardmore Legacy
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$32.54

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,057.18

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016, presented in bottled with wonderfully retro labels...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail
$52.62

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.5%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
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$3,238.90

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