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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 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
$825.85

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
$49.90

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
$955.93

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
$2,575.78

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
1
$923.97

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
$24,772.81

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
$2,576.93

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
$108.35

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)
$143.92

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
$2,580.93

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
$70.87

Glenrothes 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.8%
Glenrothes

Like the first batch, That Boutique-y Whisky Company' second release of Glenrothes single malt features the ghost of Biawa 'Byeway' Makalaga, a popular resident of Rothes was rescued from starvation…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$56.73

Glenisla 37 Year Old 1977 (cask 19602) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.1%
Glen Keith

This is a rare independent bottling of Glenisla single malt Scotch whisky (which is experimental peated whisky from the Glen Keith distillery - they no longer produce it), presented by Signatory. It…  More info

Glenisla 37 Year Old 1977 (cask 19602) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$304.13

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
10
$72.21

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

70cl, 60.9%
Aberlour

Another A'Bunadh! An incredibly popular series of well-Sherried whiskies from the Aberlour distillery in the Highlands, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at generous ABVs. Batch #55…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
8
$48.35

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
61
$59.87

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for travel retail. This was launched in honour of Alan Winchester, who has been Master Distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
53
$53.59

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.1%
Tomintoul

Wow - a 48 year old Tomintoul single malt here from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold independent bottling range! It was distilled in 1967 (only two years after the distillery was founded) and bottled in…  More info

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$348.88

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
44
$32.38

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim
6
$55.05

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.2%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of single malt from the Longmorn distillery, matured in a refill hogshead for three decades! Yes, this is a 30 year old Longmorn, distilled back in October 1985 (long before…  More info

Longmorn 30 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$294.10

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 25 year old from The Glenlivet, finished in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)
21
$204.92

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.09

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