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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.

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 51.10%
Glen Keith

This is a Lady of the Glen bottling of 19 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1995 (a few years before the distillery closed in…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$119.65

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1571.37

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12112) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Indie Craigellachie, aged for 20 years in a single Sherry butt! This comes to us via the Old Malt Cask range from Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1995 and matured until November 2015,…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12112) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$98.46

Ardmore Traditional

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

The 2007 release of this 'Traditional Cask' was the first official single malt from the Ardmore distillery, this is a young whisky, but it was aged in quarter casks, which proffers a speedy…  More info

Ardmore Traditional
64
$39.22

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
$77.75

Linkwood 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 2992) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 56.90%
Linkwood

A nutty, chocolate-y single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, bottled by the chaps at A. D. Rattray for their Cask Collection range. It was distilled in April 2001 and left to mature…  More info

Linkwood 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 2992) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$83.42

Aultmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An 18 year old Aultmore launched in 2015 as part of John Dewar & Sons' Last Great Malts ranges.  More info

Aultmore 18 Year Old
$117.53

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Glenburgie

A 23 year old Gleenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. This particular batch consisted of 456 bottles, all filled…  More info

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$108.96

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

70cl, 48.40%
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)
$84.84

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
3
$193.00

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

An independently bottled Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 8 years. It was distilled in autumn 2006 and set aside to mature until autumn 2014, when it was then bottled…  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10570) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$49.49

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.40%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$102.61

Mortlach Special Strength

50cl, 49%
Mortlach

Mortlach Special Strength comes from the 2014 relaunch of Mortlach's range, though was originally released for the Travel Retail market. This has been bottled at 49% ABV, which brings out plenty of…  More info

Mortlach Special Strength
$91.73

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

From the Distiller's Art range comes a 15 year old Langside single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill butt. It was distilled by Longmorn in November 1999 and bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$77.15

SPEY 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
The Speyside

The 12 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky, from the Speyside Distillery in... Well, in Speyside. A flavoursome dram, with plenty of spice and rich hints of smoke within.  More info

SPEY 12 Year Old
$48.19

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$99.20

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

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$50.56

SPEY Tenné

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The SPEY Tenné is a single malt from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh. It is initially aged in bourbon casks before enjoying a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks,…  More info

SPEY Tenné
2
$43.46

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$2955.39

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A tasty indie Mortlach here, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It's an 8 year old single malt from the "Beast of Dufftown", matured in a refill hogshead from February 2008 to…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.94

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.60%
Glen Keith

There's only a short window of opportunity where a whisky can say that it was distilled whilst Gangsta's Paradise sat atop the UK charts. Fortunately, 8th November 1995 sits within that window and…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$113.56

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

Aged in two consecutive hogsheads until February 2016, this is an independent bottling of Benrinnes single malt.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)
$48.53

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tamdhu

A nice teenage Tamdhu from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 328 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$71.64

Glen Moray Classic Peated

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Peated
2
$31.97

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.70%
Glentauchers

Duncan Taylor bottled this 21 year old Glentauchers for their Dimensions range, which has more dimensions than a 3D video game character falling through multiple parallel universes while wearing 3D…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$133.97

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