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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.

The Macallan Estate Reserve

70cl, 45.7%
The Macallan

Launched for the travel retail market, this stunning Macallan is made in sherry-seasoned hoggies and is bottled at 80 UK proof. Very tasty stuff from the 1824 Collection.  More info

The Macallan Estate Reserve
4
$205.57

Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old
48
$36.22

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. These are limited edition bottlings, with each bottle being one of…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill
33
$50.03

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
2
$104.92

Glenlossie 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.1%
Glenlossie

25 year old whisky from Glenlossie, bottled by That boutique-y Whisky Company! Glenlossie is home to some onion-shaped stills, though it looks like the Boutique-y chaps have taken that name a little…  More info

Glenlossie 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$134.51

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.3%
Linkwood

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have independently bottled another fantastic Linkwood single malt, and this time, it's got an age statement! This is a delicious 26 year old whisky from the distillery…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$124.16

BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 22 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery, which was finished in casks that previously held Moscatel wine. This finishing period has imparted a rich, fruity sweetness to the whisky,…  More info

BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish
3
$153.14

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
47
$65.16

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57%
Mortlach

A stunning Mortlach single malt distilled in September 1987, aged for over 26 years in a single hogshead and bottled in September 2014 (just days before it would have turned 27). We couldn't be…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$397.43

Tamdhu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tamdhu

The new 10 year old, all Sherry Tamdhu. Retro bottle. Very cool.  More info

Tamdhu 10 Year Old
18
$35.19

Speyside 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.4%
Speyside

A Speyside from Speyside. A single malt Scotch from the Speyside distillery located in the famous Speyside region, that is. The very definition of meta! It's not precisely what you'll find if you…  More info

Speyside 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2
$55.85

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A heavily sherried 21 year old from the Glenfarclas distillery. This offers loads of depth, a really thick dram and great value for money too.  More info

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
20
$90.85

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
12
$46.53

Macduff 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%
Macduff

"Right, one more Boilermaker, then I've got something I need to take care of." Indie Macduff single malt Scotch whisky here, aged for 11 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Macduff 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$54.81

Benromach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old
21
$31.00

Aberlour 23 Year Old September 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53%
Aberlour

A deliciously buttery Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 23 years in a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in Speyside in September 1992 and bottled by us in February 2016, joining our…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old September 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$132.43

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 2)

70cl, 58.5%
Tamdhu

Another rich batch of Tamdhu single malt matured in a small number of hand-selected exclusively ex-Sherry casks. This second batch is bottled at 58.5% abv. The idea of these releases is to bring fans…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 2)
2
$58.53

Benromach 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A 2015 release to the brilliant Benromach range. The Benromach 15 Year Old is matured in a selection of bourbon and Sherry casks, resulting in an intense but balanced flavour profile. There's big…  More info

Benromach 15 Year Old
2
$51.58

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Delicious BenRiach 16 Year Old, now at 43% abv with smart new packaging. Great stuff.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old
4
$54.03

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A much adored expression here - 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas, offering up generous helpings of Sherried notes that the distillery are famous for. Bottled at…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
$698.64

Aberlour 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this 10 year old from Aberlour remains a perennial favourite, typical of the modern Speyside style and thoroughly approachable. Such is its…  More info

Aberlour 10 Year Old
93
$25.56

Caperdonich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 121141) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 58.9%
Caperdonich

An indie bottling of rare Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky! Caperdonich closed back in 2002, and their whisky has become rather sought after indeed. This one was distilled in October 1992 and…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 121141) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$217.77

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Glenfiddich

Estimated despatch 20th February It says "Blended Malt" on this bottle, and technically that's exactly what it is, except 99.99% is from a single famous Speyside distillery! Welcome to the world…  More info

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$72.40

Glenglassaugh Revival

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

This is the first chance to try whisky produced by the recently re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery. It was closed in 1986 but resumed production in 2008. This revival bottling is the first whisky to…  More info

Glenglassaugh Revival
8
$35.97

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 50.8%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, distilled in 1997 and matured in bourbon barrel 30777. It was bottled on 16th April 2015 and is named after a local farm in the valley of the Livet.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition
1
$191.50

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