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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.

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

70cl, 47.8%
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
18
$80.85

The Macallan M - 1824 Series

70cl, 44.5%
The Macallan

The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an…  More info

The Macallan M - 1824 Series
2
$3,402.58

Macallan 30 Year Old 1986 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 46.5%
The Macallan

Exquisite Macallan single malt, distilled on 23rd June 1986 and aged for over 30 years in a single refill Sherry hogshead prior to bottling on 6th July 2016. A rich and stunning example of just how…  More info

Macallan 30 Year Old 1986 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$857.81

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old
22
$137.13

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.6%
Mortlach

The carnage continues in Dufftown. Is there a man strapped to that wheel the beast just rolled down the street?! Sparks are flying off of it! Oh, the humanity... It seems he can only be placated by…  More info

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Aberlour 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

This rich, spicy 18 year old from Aberlour was only released for general consumption in 2008, prior to this it had only been produced for the French market.  More info

Aberlour 18 Year Old
18
$86.39

The Macallan Reflexion

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Reflexion is a superb expression from the legendary distillery in Speyside, created by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno using whiskies matured exclusively in first-fill Sherry seasoned…  More info

The Macallan Reflexion
2
$922.82

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 1 litre bottling of 20 year old Glen Deveron single malt Scotch whisky, originally released for the Travel Retail market. 'Glen Deveron' is the name used by the Macduff distillery for their…  More info

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection
11
$82.48

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Introduced in 2016 (along with a 12 Year Old expression), this 18 Year Old Glen Grant delivers gorgeous notes of vanilla, nuts and caramel. This was named Jim Murray's Second Finest Whisky in the…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition
2
$103.05

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old

70cl, 42%
Glenglassaugh

A 42% bottling of 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenglassaugh, a Highland distillery on the coast. As with the previous release it's presented in a beautiful teardrop decanter.  More info

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old
1
$219.74

Balvenie 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 9328) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two

70cl, 62.3%
Balvenie

A 15 year old single malt from the Balvenie distillery, released as part of their second chapter of their DCS Compendium, honouring the many, many years that David Stewart has spent as Malt Master.…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 9328)  - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
$824.82

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Aultmore

Sharks and Velociraptors. An eternal rivalry which goes back to the dawn of the time. Though many have since forgotten this endless conflict, That Boutique-y Whisky Company document it in wonderful…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

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
$49.84

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A rare, 44 year old single malt from the Macallan distillery, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 1994 under Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2006) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Balvenie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7951) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two

70cl, 61.8%
Balvenie

The second chapter of Balvenie's extensive DCS Compendium looks at "The Influence of Oak". This bottling comes from said chapter - it was distilled in August 1997 and aged in a European Port puncheon…  More info

Balvenie 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7951) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
$954.74

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 44.2%
Glenfarclas

An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2,572.56

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
19
$46.39

Macallan 37 Year Old 1937 (bottled 1974) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Yes, you read that correctly. This Macallan single malt Scotch whisky was distilled all the way back in 1937, before World War II, aged in Sherry oak and originally bottled 37 years later in 1974. It…  More info

Macallan 37 Year Old 1937 (bottled 1974) - Fine & Rare
$24,741.82

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$432.19

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 49.6%
Glenfarclas

A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$2,573.71

Darkness! Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.7%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 23 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt finished for at least 6 months in specially coopered 50 litre ex-Oloroso Sherry cask. Fruity, nutty and rich!  More info

Darkness! Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$108.21

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A Rest & Be Thankful bottling of 15 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled in March 2016 at 40% ABV. Only 119 bottles of this were produced.  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful)
$143.74

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2,577.70

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is a rich 19 year old single malt matured in oak casks previously used to age fine Madeira wine. This has created an earthy, distinctive whisky with a full bodied yet…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish
7
$110.40

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The 1994 vintage 21 year old Master Reserve expression from the wonderful Knockando distillery which lies near the River Spey. A gorgeous single malt matured in bourbon and Sherry casks, with loads…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve
$70.79

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