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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.

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.90%
Brackla

A Duncan Taylor The Octave bottling of 4 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Royal Brackla distillery. This was distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2015 following a 9 month finishing period in a…  More info

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$46.44

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.50%
Dailuaine

Released as part of Douglas Laing's Single Minded, this is a single cask Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which matured the whisky for 7 long years.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$33.74

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
$50.71

Glen Grant 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail suggest this as a cigar malt, rich and sherried as it is. This was distilled in 1965 at Glen Grant and matured in first fill sherry butts.  More info

Glen Grant 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$657.75

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)
$64.04

Tamdhu 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4104) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 45.40%
Tamdhu

Independently bottled Tamdhu single malt, matured in cask #4104 for 24 years. 222 bottles were produced for the Mackillop's Choice range.  More info

Tamdhu 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4104) - Mackillop's Choice
$148.70

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$71.49

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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$172.52

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Fancy some Sherry-butt matured single malt from the Inchgower distillery in Speyside? Well Hunter Laing can make that a reality with this Old Malt Cask bottling of 19 Year Old Inchgower, matured in a…  More info

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$81.89

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.30%
Glen Moray

An independent bottling of single cask Glen Moray selected for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Single Range, all of which come presented with these handsome leather and hardwood cases.  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 5205) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$233.85

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.90%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$216.10

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
Glentauchers

A 6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 by Duncan Taylor. This has been released as part of their Octave series, and as such, this whisky was given…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$53.37

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 6 year old Inchgower, distilled in 2009 at their distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2016 by Douglas Laing for their beautiful premier Barrel range, presented in traditionally-styled…  More info

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$47.06

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)
$94.71

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Glen Moray

Distilled in March 1995 and disgorged over 20 years later in August 2015, this single cask Glen Moray was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill…  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$84.77

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%
Glentauchers

A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentuachers distillery! This has been independently bottled by Italian bottler, Samaroli. Beautifully presented, we might add.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 4232 + 4233) - Samaroli
$134.54

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Glen Grant

From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$101.61

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016

70cl, 48.70%
Speyside

A special bottling for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2016, this is a single cask of Spey single malt from Speyside distillery in the Speyside region (got it?) distilled in May 2007. It spent 8…  More info

SPEY 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 899) Spirit of Speyside 2016
$98.23

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 56.90%
Benrinnes

Part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases, this 21 year old Benrinnes single malt was distilled back in 1992 and matured in ex-bodega European oak casks. Bottled at 56.9% ABV with an outturn of 2,892…  More info

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)
$259.30

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

7 year old single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, matured in but one single refill hogshead. It was distilled in the autumn of 2007 (a year after the distillery increased its number of still…  More info

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$39.44

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)

70cl, 46.60%
Glenfiddich

A twelfth release of Glenfiddich's exceptional limited edition 40 year old single malt. Using a 'remnant vatting' process, some of the previous batch is carried over each time and vatted with the…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)
$2857.48

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather…  More info

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
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$58.97

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

70cl, 51.50%
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)
$89.12

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

A single malt whisky that was distilled in May 2008 at Aberlour distillery, in Aberlour, in Speyside, in Scotland. It spent 8 years maturing in a single refill barrel before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

Aberlour 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11188) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.95

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming, this is a great 16 year old from Tomintoul. This is a half bottle - perfect for when a full bottle isn't required!  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl
$23.38

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