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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.

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
24
$38.31

Glenfarclas 105

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.  More info

Glenfarclas 105
47
$49.32

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

This is the legendary 21 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range - spectacular Speyside whisky aged in both sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
5
$324.05

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
35
$49.59

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
20
$90.37

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.40%
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
13
$49.55

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Folio 1 was only available from the distillery and limited to 2,000 bottles. It celebrates the distillery's 1980s (and early '90s) advertisements with a book and USB stick all presented in a…  More info

The Macallan The Archival Series - Folio 1
$633.80

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
59
$65.99

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.80%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
3
$62.64

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition

70cl, 42.80%
The Macallan

Released for the travel retail market, The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition was crafted by Bob Dalgarno, Macallan's distillery manager, using whisky drawn from a combination of Sherry and bourbon…  More info

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition
1
$89.23

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

The producers recommend this as an aperitif whisky. It certainly offers more complexity than you'd expect from a 10 year old dram. A lovely, delicate whisky from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old
17
$34.67

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
18
$48.32

The Macallan Estate Reserve

70cl, 45.70%
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
$218.91

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
15
$51.40

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition

70cl, 51%
Glenfiddich

A special edition Glenfiddich. This 15 year old is non chill filtered and has been bottled at higher strength. This is classic Glenfiddich, but with added complexity and character.  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition
27
$49.59

Miltonduff 8 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.50%
Miltonduff

Once again, some passionate fans of this single malt appear on the label including Dick Beach, the MWP for Miltonduff in the Loch Ness Whisky Parliament and proprietor of Fiddler's Restaurant and…  More info

Miltonduff 8 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$42.93

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release

70cl, 47.30%
Balvenie

This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. Previous…  More info

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release
2
$748.04

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glen Moray

A 1988 vintage, 25 year old Glen Moray single malt, which has been treated to a Port cask finish before bottling. Comes with a handsome presentation box and a scroll, which is lovely, because we…  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish
1
$132.27

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

70cl, 61.50%
The Glenlivet

Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held heavily peated (Speyside peat, as we understand it) Scotch whisky. This third no age statement Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
2
$53.95

Strathisla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

This is a new edition of the Chivas malt Strathisla 12 year old, a fruity and sherry-rich single malt from Speyside.  More info

Strathisla 12 Year Old
24
$34.87

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0814D

70cl, 55.70%
The Glenlivet

Another Nàdurra here from Glenlivet! This one, Batch 0814D, was matured in bourbon casks and has been bottled at cask strength, with no chill-filtration or additional colours, which is this whole…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0814D
1
$66.08

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
51
$34.93

Glenlossie 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.40%
Glenlossie

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, matured in a refill Sherry cask for 25 years - from June 1990 to October 2015. This has been presented as part of…  More info

Glenlossie 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$170.79

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714

70cl, 63.10%
The Glenlivet

The latest addition to the excellent Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non chill-filtered whiskies is 'First Fill Selection', a sweet, vanilla-rich virgin American white oak matured version…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714
4
$43.49

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 47.70%
The Glenlivet

Independently bottled 33 year old Glenlivet here - oh yes, this'll be tasty stuff! It was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2010 by Murray McDavid as part of their Mission Gold range, and it certainly…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$348.13

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