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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.

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12124) -The First Edition (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Benrinnes

Benrinnes single malt aged in a single refill hogshead for 18 years! It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015 by the chaps from Hunter Laing for The First Editions range, which was recently given…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12124) -The First Edition (Hunter Laing)
$87.63

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)
$41.46

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
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$87.93

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon…  More info

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$47.92

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

A 12 year old Balmenach, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!) with an outturn of 107 bottles.  More info

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask
$70.59

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s

100cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A one litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, thought to date from the 1980s, confusingly labelled as 'pure malt'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve 1l - 1980s
$186.32

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015

70cl, 51.8%
Glenfarclas

Bottled in December 2014, this stunning single cask Glenfarclas whisky spent nearly fifty years in a Sherry butt before being bottled as part of the distillery's Spring 2015 releases. The outturn was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015
$3,457.39

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A very well-aged Inchgower from Montgomerie's distilled in October 1990 and bottled in March 2013.  More info

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$114.94

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 306744) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A 15 year old Benrinnes, bottled by the brilliant Berry Bros. & Rudd! This was distilled in 2000 and left to age in a single cask until 2016, when it was bottled at 46% ABV without any…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 306744) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$54.60

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 13125) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

21 year old Glen Keith single malt, aged in a refill hogshead cask from November 1995 to November 2016, before Hunter Laing got their hands on it and bottled it up for the Old Malt Cask range! 181…  More info

Glen Keith 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 13125) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$87.54

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Matured in a single Sherry butt from March 2007 to May 2016, this Dailuaine 9 year single malt Scotch whisky is brought to you by top bottler Douglas Laing.  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.26

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%
Glen Spey

An indie bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. It was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in November 2015 with an…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$117.91

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1992 - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.4%
Strathmill

This is an independent bottling of 21 year old Strathmill single malt, aged in a refill hogshead from 1992 to 2014. It was bottled by Hunter Laing for their First Editions range, which has had a…  More info

Strathmill  21 Year Old 1992 - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$100.45

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1998 vintage Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, which was drawn from refill Sherry hogshead by the stalwart indie…  More info

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.58

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

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of the 'Beast of Dufftown' - Mortlach! This was distilled in 2007 and set aside to mature in a single bourbon barrel for 8 years before being bottled by Langside for their Hepburn's…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.16

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$48.60

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 52.3%
Dufftown

The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of the reill American Oak…  More info

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)
$287.67

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 7 year old Dufftown single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. It was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when it was bottled for the Càrn Mòr Stictly Limited…  More info

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$37.64

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 59.7%
Macduff

A 12 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from August 2002 to July 2015 before being bottled at cask strength for Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range. 648 bottles were…  More info

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$78.51

Glen Moray 16 Year Old - Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A rare 1980s bottling of 16 year old Glen Moray that features a historic Scottish Highland regiment as part of the Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments range. The regiment on this tin is the…  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old - Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments - 1980s
$124.21

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$62.96

Spey Royal - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glen Spey

Rescued from the jaws of time, this is a rare 1970s bottling of Spey Royal, a classic blended Scotch whisky produced at the Glen Soey distillery. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Spey Royal - 1970s
$149.05

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.1%
Tamdhu

A new release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, presented by la Maison Du Whisky as part of their The Ten range. This one is #08 - the range goes from #00 to #10, with their…  More info

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$62.28

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 distillery. Bottled in batches…  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$55.20

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.7%
Cragganmore

Limited to 4,932 bottles, this is Cragganmore's sixth appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases. The only no age statement whisky from 2016's releases, it was matured in American oak hogsheads…  More info

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)
$414.03

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