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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.

SPEY Trutina

70cl, 46%
Speyside

A well-balanced single malt from the SPEY range released in late 2016 (alongside their first peated whisky - Fumare) matured in bourbon casks. The name comes from a Latin way of expressing balance,…  More info

SPEY Trutina
$40.97

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a Rosé-wine-finished refill hogshead. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled by Langside in 2016 for their Hepburn's Choice range - 373…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)
$44.49

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1958 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's rather extensive range of Glen Grant vintages. This was matured in first fill sherry casks, Gordon and MacPhail describe the result "rich, sherried - a…  More info

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,155.23

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)
$74.19

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A 2014 addition to Glen Moray's selection of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, their Classic Port Cask Finish is treated to an 8 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks before being bottled.  More info

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
7
$33.70

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.1%
Macduff

16 year old Macduff single malt, lovingly finished in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2015 at 55.1% ABV. This comes to us via Duncan Taylor's Octave range, and just 68…  More info

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$102.60

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Tamdhu

An indie bottling of Tamdhu - we don't see nearly enough of these! This one was matured in a refill hogshead from August 1998 to 2016, before being bottled at 18 years old by Langside for the…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$84.30

Glenfiddich "Clan Murray" - Clans of the Highlands - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Produced in the 1980s, this Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky includes a presentation tin featuring Sir Mungo Murray of the Clan Murray. He was the Son of the…  More info

Glenfiddich
$128.96

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 900217) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 62.1%
Glentauchers

A 7 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside, distilled in February 2009 and allowed to mature in a bourbon cask until September 2016. It was independently bottled by A. D.…  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 900217) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$47.77

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

70cl, 54.4%
Macduff

Oh, would you look at this - another excellent indie bottling from your favourite friends at Master of Malt! This one is an 18 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, distilled on the 13th…  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$126.75

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.7%
Inchgower

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of Inchgower single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead for 25 years. It was distilled way back in October 1989 and left to age until October 2014,…  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989  - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$213.85

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glendullan

This independent bottling of 14 year old Glendullan single malt Scotch whisky was made possible by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask selection. It was distilled in October 1999 and bottled in…  More info

Glendullan 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10124) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$72.80

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

9 Year Old single malt from Speyside's Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, bottled by langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2006, left to mature in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.48

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.05

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
18
$84.26

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Aberlour

A single cask bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled back in October 1990 and left to mature for a quarter of a century until March…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$210.52

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Glen Grant

Behold - 43 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! Yep, the renowned Glen Grant distillery filled cask 3497 back in 1970 and left it to age for over 4 decades - very awesome, we're sure…  More info

Glen Grant 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 3497) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,197.78

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)
$89.34

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

7 year old single malt from the Inchgower distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range.  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$34.87

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Glen Moray

This is a 21 year old Glen moray, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by Hunter laing for their First Editions range, presented in bottles designed to evoke classic literature. 245 bottles were…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
1
$89.02

Ardmore Triple Wood

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ardmore's Triple Wood was originally released for the Travel Retail market, matured in quarter casks, barrels and puncheons. This maturation has imparted plenty of fruity, caramel-y tastiness.  More info

Ardmore Triple Wood
$63.52

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.9%
Tomintoul

This 20 year old Tomintoul was placed in a specially coopered 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask for the final few months (at least six of 'em) of its maturation for greater intensity.  More info

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$102.03

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This Linkwood was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Linkwood distillery has been renovated many times but the spirit remains exceptional.  More info

Linkwood 1973 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$493.91

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Tamdhu

This is a single cask bottling of 18 year old Tamdhu single malt, which was distilled in May 1998 and bottled in November 2016. Douglas Laing bottled this one as part of their Old Particular range,…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 11472) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.81

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$85.45

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