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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.

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
$56.70

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glendullan

From the Glendullan distillery comes this 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky, by way of the Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies, produced by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back…  More info

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$63.58

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 47.70%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Lady of the Glen bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Braeval distillery, known as the Braes of Glenlivet distillery until 1994, when they changed their name. In fact, this…  More info

Braes of Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1994 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$126.95

Aultmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Dewer's 'The Last Great Malts' range was unveiled in 2014, and with it came this 25 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky. Not afraid to show its age, this expression is packed with baked…  More info

Aultmore 25 Year Old
$359.96

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.60%
Glen Elgin

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery, matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads and bottled by WM Cadenhead for the Small Batch range. 474 bottles were produced. You…  More info

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$85.22

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959938) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.60%
Aultmore

An 2008 vintage Aultmore single malt, bottled at 7 years old by the folks at Duncan Taylor. However, as this has been presented for their Octave range, this one has been finished in a tiny octave…  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959938) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$58.81

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.50%
BenRiach

Introduced to the BenRiach range in late 2014, their 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky brings truck-loads of mouthwatering tropical fruit, dark chocolate, treacle and warming oak spice notes,…  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old
$547.23

SPEY Royal Choice

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

In 1815, when Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall, he gave a cask of 'SPEY' whisky to King George III as a gift. The royal connection to SPEY whisky has continued in other ways,…  More info

SPEY Royal Choice
$182.78

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A bottle of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled a year after the distillery changed their name from Braes of Glenlivet. Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range of…  More info

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$80.82

Glenfarclas Legend of Speyside - Passion

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Part of a trilogy of collectible bottlings from the Glenfarclas Legend of Speyside range, released for the German market. This bottling honours the passion that goes into making Glenfarclas whisky,…  More info

Glenfarclas Legend of Speyside - Passion
$49.76

Cragganmore 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 51.40%
Cragganmore

It's been a little while since we've seen a Cragganmore in the Diageo Special Release line-up, so we're very happy to see this Speyside single malt was picked for the 2014 squad! This 1988 vintage…  More info

Cragganmore 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)
$380.63

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53.70%
Miltonduff

A rather deluxe single cask bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. Drawn from a single Sherry oak cask, which was filled in November…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$312.78

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Get stuck in to some delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in March 2007, matured for 9 years in a refill butt and…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$43.05

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10978) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

An Old Malt Cask bottling of single malt from the Strathmill distillery in the Speyside region. This fruit-forward whisky was distilled in October 1989 and left to mature in a single refill butt for…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10978) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$120.37

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1047) - Moscatel Cask Finish

70cl, 51.10%
BenRiach

A 35 year old BenRiach taken from a single cask with only 253 bottles produced at natural cask strength. The final part of the maturation period was spent in a Moscatel wine hogshead.  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 1047) - Moscatel Cask Finish
$419.65

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$64.61

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$75.35

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

Yet another independent bottling from Hunter Laing's wonderful Old Malt Cask range - this one features an 18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead. It was…  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$94.18

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 7636) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.20%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1998 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled as part of their Autumn 2014 Release. It was distilled in 1998, filled into a Sherry butt and left to age until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 7636) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$255.89

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in the Speyside region, matured for 18 years in a single refill butt. Back in June 1997, the cask was filled and set…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10873) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$83.86

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Dailuaine from a single Sherry butt bottled at 7 years old by Douglas Laing in November 2015.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.74

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.40%
Strathmill

It's not just an Old Particular, it's an Xtra Old Particular! This is a 25 year old single malt from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in one refill hogshead from December 1990 to…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$152.99

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Linkwood

A lovely Linkwood single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This little treat was distilled back in June 1997 and left to age for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. It…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.37

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.80%
Mortlach

A well-Sherried 22 year old Mortlach, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1992 and left to age in a Sherry butt until October 2014. It was then bottled as part of the…  More info

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$271.41

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An independent bottling of 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two hogshead casks. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 725 bottles, presented by…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
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$46.10

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