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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 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
32
$51.26

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
17
$88.86

The Macallan Edition No.2

70cl, 48.2%
The Macallan

The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (named Best Restaurant in the World…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.2
1
$81.49

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
21
$141.05

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
$210.51

Macallan Rare Cask Black

70cl, 48%
The Macallan

Smoky Macallan?! Yes indeed friends, such a thing exists! Macallan Rare Cask Black was made from a marriage of less than 100 casks, resulting in an expression that shows off a fascinating combination…  More info

Macallan Rare Cask Black
$477.19

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.2%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A relatively new distillery, founded in 1975, Allt-á-Bhainne is not only a tricky one to know how to pronounce (it's 'Ollt-err-Vane'), it also produces some terrific whisky. Our second Single Cask…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

The Glenlivet Cipher

70cl, 48%
The Glenlivet

Back in 2013 The Glenlivet released a whisky called Alpha with no tasting notes, no cask details and an opaque black bottle. 'Twas quite good fun as everybody tried to guess the production technique…  More info

The Glenlivet Cipher
4
$95.40

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

An exciting new age statement expression from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry…  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
2
$51.39

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
25
$47.71

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Estimated despatch 16th December 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…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition
$98.58

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
1
$3499.76

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
$127.26

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
$113.56

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.6%
Glen Keith

There's only a short window of opportunity where a whisky can say that it was distilled whilst Gangsta's Paradise sat atop the UK charts. Fortunately, 8th November 1995 sits within that window and…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53.7%
Miltonduff

A rather deluxe single cask bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. Drawn from a single Sherry oak cask, which was filled in November…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$318.11

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenallachie

It's not very often you get to see Glenallachie as a single malt, so of course we went ahead and bottled some as part of our Single Cask Series! This is a 6 year old Glenallachie, matured in a refill…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 6346) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.9%
Glenburgie

A Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength bottling of 21 year old Glenburgie single malt, drawn from a single first fill puncheon. It was distilled in June 1995 and aged until September 2016, when it was…  More info

Glenburgie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 6346) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$95.23

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)
$882.31

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 12 year old from the Tomintoul distillery. This was matured in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask
11
$36.27

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
17
$47.71

Braeval 20 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

We've only gone and bottled a rather stunning 20 year old Braeval single malt as part of our Single Cask Series! You may know this distillery as 'Braes-of-Glenlivet', though it officially changed its…  More info

Braeval 20 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release

70cl, 47.3%
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
1
$719.73

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish

70cl, 44.5%
Glenglassaugh

Aged for over four decades, this Glenglassaugh single malt is certainly well matured. It sits at 41 years of age, including a finishing period in a Sherry puncheon from the Massandra winery, which…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish
$583.24

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.7%
Glenfarclas

A 1961 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry hogshead until November 2014. This has been presented as part of their Family Cask Spring 2015 Release, with only 166…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1887.54

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