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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.

Tormore 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Tormore

In 2014, the Tormore distillery in Speyside released this 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky (as well as a 14 year old expression). It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old
2
$77.75

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
The Speyside

21 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery in the eponymous Scottish whisky region, aged in a single Sherry butt from December 1993 to November 2015. Released as part of the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$103.06

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)
$122.04

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A 7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in a European oak quarter cask! It was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age for 7 years, until it was bottled in 2015 by the…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.02

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)
$80.70

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is Mortlach was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This whisky is bottled at 46%abv without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$97.09

Aberlour 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) - The Maltman

70cl, 49.10%
Aberlour

From the ace Aberlour distillery comes a 22 year old single cask single malt, distilled in November 1992, aged in a Sherry cask and bottled in April 2015. It was bottled by The Maltman, with 241…  More info

Aberlour 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) - The Maltman
$86.01

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing (and outstanding) distillery.  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$64.98

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)

70cl, 54.60%
Longmorn

A 25 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery in the Speyside region, matured in bourbon casks from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead with an ABV…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)
$111.10

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.50%
Mortlach

Run for your lives, it's the Beast of Dufftown!!! Fortunately (despite the terrifying creature adorning the label of this first batch of Boutique-y Mortlach) it's actually the whisky itself that's…  More info

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$112.03

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.40%
Longmorn

From top London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd comes this stunning single cask Longmorn, distilled in 1997 and aged for 14 years in cask 163310 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask…  More info

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$62.30

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.50%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$137.29

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$55.84

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Allt-á-Bhainne

This is an independent bottling of Allt-à-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from November 1995. It was independently bottled at 18 years old by Langside for their…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$85.67

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.60%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1691.60

Glenburgie 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 40%
Glenburgie

A half bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in Speyside. This was aged in refill sherry hogsheads and butts.  More info

Glenburgie 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
$15.76

Benromach 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Benromach

Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon…  More info

Benromach 5 Year Old
$32.45

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)
$82.29

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in December 1996 and bottled in September 2015 with an outturn of…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.02

Glenfiddich The Original

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich The Original is a single malt Scotch whisky inspired by a previous release from the legendary distillery - the 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt, the expression which Sandy Grant Gordon…  More info

Glenfiddich The Original
2
$103.51

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.80%
Mortlach

An Xtra Old particular bottling of 26 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a sinle refill hogshead. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 1989, and eventually bottled in…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$314.59

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is a independent bottling of 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aultmore distillery, drawn from 2 casks which were filled in 2010. The casks were opened and the whisky was bottled in…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$41.15

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)
$89.02

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.50%
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
$3801.72

Tormore 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tormore

The Tormore 14 Year Old was introduced to the distillery's core range in early 2014 (alongside a 16 Year Old bottling too). Don't often hear much from Tormore, but they do put out some wonderful…  More info

Tormore 14 Year Old
$59.64

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