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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.

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.4%
Cragganmore

23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the…  More info

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice
$206.81

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$64.31

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 48.1%
Glenfarclas

Drinks by the Dram have introduced an Advent Calendar filled with Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whiskies for 2016! A legend of the Speyside region, the Glenfarclas distillery is well known for their…  More info

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
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$427.68

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Glen Grant

A release of 426 bottles of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt matured in a single cask and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range in October 2014.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$128.00

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.81

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This single malt Scotch whisky came from the Aultmore distillery in Speyside by way of Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 2000 and aged in a combination of…  More info

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.93

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.6%
Glen Grant

A classic Speyside distillery, Glen Grant have been producing whisky since 1840! This Mackillop's Choice bottling features whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in June 1989 and…  More info

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice
$171.00

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,767.88

The Ardmore Legacy

70cl, 40%
Ardmore

Released in 2014 to take the place of the Ardmore Traditional, the Legacy brings a lightly-peated, wood spice-led flavour profile to the table. At its core, the Ardmore Legacy is made with 80% peated…  More info

The Ardmore Legacy
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$34.04

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,088.54

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)
$39.03

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

This is an independently bottled Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt for 7 years and bottled by Langside. It was distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2014 with an…  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.64

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10825) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

An independently bottled Allt-à-Bhainne single malt, matured in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and left to age in a refill hogshead until August 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10825) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$84.63

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67183) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Glen Grant

An independent bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years before being bottled up The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar of the same name in Singapore - give it…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67183) - The Single Cask
$106.35

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

70cl, 48%
Tormore

A lovely gift pack containing two tasting glasses as well as a bottle of Tormore 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at a…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses
$84.14

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.2%
Craigellachie

This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside in 2008. It was then matured for 7 years including an 8 month finishing period in a tiny octave cask before being bottled by Duncan…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$52.23

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.78

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire
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$40.78

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 45.4%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1955 and bottled in late November 2014, this Glenfarclas single malt is around 60 years old! Phenomenally aged in a single Sherry butt, the outturn of which was 544 bottles. "I will…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2216) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$7,041.02

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

70cl, 41.5%
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)
$33.39

Glen Grant 1957 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Glen Grant vintage single malt distilled in 1957 and matured in first fill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the dram as "a malt for the connoisseur of sherry…  More info

Glen Grant 1957 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,283.20

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Cooper's Choice bottling of Aultmore single malt, aged for a decade in a single bourbon cask. This was distilled back in October 2006 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of just 370 bottles.  More info

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$57.00

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)
$650.98

Tormore 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tormore

A 1997 vintage Tormore single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside, bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Tormore 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$65.69

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, which has been presented with a handsome retro label by Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled by Ardmore in 1996 and…  More info

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$81.02

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