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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.

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A indie Mortlach single malt, matured in a refill hogshead cask for 8 years - from 2006 to 2015. Following its maturation, this Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range at 46%…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$44.24

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.04

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11205) - the Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

Single malt Scotch whisky from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a single cask for 20 years. This tasty treat was distilled in February 1995 and left to age in a…  More info

Miltonduff 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11205) - the Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$92.44

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 55.20%
Glenfarclas

A 1959 vintage Glenfarclas family cask! Just look at it - it looks like treacle! Matured in a single ex-Sherry hoggie, it was bottled on 28th November 2014 and released as part of the Spring 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3138.58

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of 6 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Octave range. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 after spending a finishing period in a…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$53.17

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This was drawn from a single refill hogshead which was home to the whisky from 2008 to 2015, after…  More info

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$40.12

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.90%
Glenfarclas

Filled into a single 'plain' or refill hogshead back in 1962 and bottled in July 2014 for release in Autumn of that year, this Glenfarclas Speyside malt whisky (or Highland, as they place on their…  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$3765.93

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

This is an independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads from 1996 to 2013. Filled with red fruit, green apple and cracked black pepper notes, and a good…  More info

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$78.73

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Port-cask-finished Benrinnes single malt, bottled at 18 years old by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coppers Choice range. It was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV, with a…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$80.42

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.20%
Glen Moray

Bottled by WM Cadenhead, this is a Small Batch release of 22 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 1992. The bottle refers to the distillery using its rather traditional…  More info

Glen Moray 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$97.11

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.40%
Tomintoul

45 year old Tomintoul single malt - quite a rare sight, I'm sure you'll agree, considering that this was distilled in 1969 and the distillery was founded only a few years earlier in 1964! This has…  More info

Tomintoul 45 Year Old 1969 (cask 682) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1046.61

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky comes from the Braeval distillery, sometimes called Braes of Glenlivet, and was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Matured in a refill…  More info

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.00

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.29

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 6089) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is an independent bottling of 22 year old Aultmore single malt, bottled by the wonderful Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1991, matured in cask #6089 and bottled by BB&R in 2014 at 46%…  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 6089) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$115.52

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
$62.49

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)
$1341.46

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3171) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.20%
Glenglassaugh

A 40 year old whisky from a distillery that was closed for nineteen years before 2005. Hand selected by Master Blender Billy Walker, this Glenglassaugh Rare Cask release was finished in a single…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3171) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$639.70

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A single cask whisky from Linkwood distillery aged for an amazing 24 years. Distilled on the 5th of December 1989 and bottled by Montgomerie's for their Single Cask collection in March 2013. Tops.  More info

Linkwood 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 6713) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$140.65

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$66.88

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by the chaps at Berry Brothers and Rudd. This 14 year old single malt was distilled back in 1999 and set aside to age in…  More info

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$64.86

Longmorn 1967 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

This Longmorn was distilled in 1967 and bottled in 2012 by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Longmorn 1967 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$627.77

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

50cl, 54.10%
Tomintoul

Say hello to the second batch of Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Once again, it's a Boutique-y label with a cocktail recipe on it - this one coming from…  More info

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$79.11

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1154.47

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Benrinnes

From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies comes this 19 year old Benrinnes single malt, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel. Cask #10577 was filled in May 1995…  More info

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10577) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$97.06

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$87.43

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