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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.

Glen Keith 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

Distilled in 1996, this is a creamy, fruity Glen Keith from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill American hogsheads before bottling at 46% ABV.  More info

Glen Keith 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
2
$76.79

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48%
Glenallachie

Indie Glenallachie! This WM Cadenhead bottling of 22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in 1992 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2015, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$74.00

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$133.45

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

This is an independently bottled Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 casks and bottled at 14 years old by Càrn Mòr. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016. 768 bottles were…  More info

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$56.08

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Goodness gracious, would you just look at the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling! This single malt from the long-going family-run distillery was distilled in 1970 and matured in Sherry hogshead #2026…  More info

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3,355.31

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside…  More info

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation
$43.02

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Ardmore

15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, distilled in May 2000 and bottled in May 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead for that time, before said cask was…  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$70.50

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage

70cl, 46%
Speyside

As with SPEY's Royal Choice, this bottling celebrates the fact that when Lord Byron married Annabelle Millbanke in 1815 he gifted a barrel of whisky from the Speyside distillery to King George III.…  More info

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage
$91.31

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the year 1999. In 2015, this Speysider whisky was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice collection.  More info

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$50.06

Tormore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.4%
Tormore

Well if it isn't a new-look batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Tormore single malt. The distillery lies in Speyside, on the edge of Cairngorms National Park which is home to some of Britain’s…  More info

Tormore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$86.32

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.5%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$113.16

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Ardmore

A deliciously smoky 16 year old Ardmore, aged in a refill barrel from May 2000 to June 2016! This was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range, with a small outturn of just 84 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.84

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A excellent chance to enjoy some excitingly well matured single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. It was distilled all the way back in 1951 and left to mature in a single…  More info

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,430.65

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old

70cl, 42.5%
Glenglassaugh

Introduced to the Glenglassaugh core range in 2013, the 40 year old single malt from the distillery in Portsoy is specially selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker and exemplifies the tremendous…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old
$1,202.87

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)
$74.58

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Spey distillery, presented by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 and matured in a single…  More info

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.61

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

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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$38.68

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.7%
Glendullan

Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636…  More info

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice
$140.62

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.5%
Glen Spey

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$66.52

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$38.63

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$100.59

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 49.9%
Glen Moray

An independent Glen Moray single malt from Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, distilled in March 1994 and bottled in October 2015. The outturn was 216 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$86.25

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.8%
The Glenlivet

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,787.66

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.2%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,375.48

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Cardhu

A 1980s bottling of 12 year old Cardhu single malt Scotch whisky, presented in its distinctivly stout, square(-ish) bottle.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old - 1980s
$180.79

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