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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.

Tomintoul 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tomintoul

This 25 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the distillery's range in the first half of 2015. An exciting release for Tomintoul, a distillery which has resided in Speyside…  More info

Tomintoul 25 Year Old
2
$190.51

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%
Glen Moray

Yet another new addition to That Boutique-y Whisky Company's ever growing range - Batch 1 of their Glen Moray! The label depicts the River Lossie spectacularly bursting its banks, flooding the…  More info

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 91821) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 50%
Glenrothes

19 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, which has been finished in a Pedro Ximénez cask. It was distilled back in January 1997 and bottled in June 2016 by Ian Macleod for their…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 91821) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$95.51

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX

70cl, 47%
Glenfiddich

The second release in Glenfiddich's Experimental Series is their Project XX expression, which was made not simply by one Malt Master, but 20! 20 Malt Masters were invited to the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX
$51.91

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 50.8%
Linkwood

A 26 year old single cask Linkwood, bottled by Bartels Whisky for their Highland Laird range. It was distilled in 1989 and left to age in a bourbon hogshead for 26 years, when it was then bottled at…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Mortlach

381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing's…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$56.05

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional…  More info

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask
11
$76.31

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
2
$107.50

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.8%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
2
$60.27

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
$111.31

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

This is the legendary 21 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range - spectacular Speyside whisky aged in both sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
3
$311.78

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
17
$83.15

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1969 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. This single cask single malt matured in refill butt #2454 from 1969 to March 2014, after which it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$885.21

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
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Darkness! Braeval 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This Braevel single malt Scotch whisky was finished in a specially coopered 50 litre Pedro Ximénez cask for a period of at least 6 months.  More info

Darkness! Braeval 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
$100.69

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, who release their expressions under than name Glen Deveron. It was originally released for the Travel Retail market as…  More info

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
1
$265.08

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015

70cl, 51.8%
Glenfarclas

Bottled in December 2014, this stunning single cask Glenfarclas whisky spent nearly fifty years in a Sherry butt before being bottled as part of the distillery's Spring 2015 releases. The outturn was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4512) Family Cask Spring 2015
$3542.37

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.4%
Glen Grant

Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon hogshead for 25 years! Top stuff from the renowned distillery in Speyside, which has been bottled as part of the Highland Laird range by…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.8%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$100.69

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.4%
The Macallan

An exquisite 25 year old Macallan single malt! This luxurious Speyside whisky was filled into a single refill Sherry hogshead on Monday 9th April 1990, emerging like a butterfly on 17th December 2015…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Linkwood

A lovely Linkwood single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This little treat was distilled back in June 1997 and left to age for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. It…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10413) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$70.82

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Initially matured in refill American oak barrels, this 17 year old from BenRiach spent a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
$69.82

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Matured in a mixture of Spanish Sherry oak and American oak casks, this whisky has developed a great deal of…  More info

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)
1
$366.89

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

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Sherry-butt-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, aged for 8 years before Langside bottled it for their Hepburn's Choice range. A release of 391 bottles.  More info

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.42

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
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