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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.

Benromach 1974

70cl, 49.1%
Benromach

Unveiled in mid-2016, this is a very special and well-aged single malt from the Benromach distillery, which was placed into cask #1583 (a Sherry butt) in 1974! It comes presented in a stylish…  More info

Benromach 1974
$1,226.53

Glenfarclas Team - The Legend of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

The Legend of Speyside series is a trilogy of collectible bottlings of Glenfarclas single malt released for the German market. This edition honours the team that makes their wonderful whisky, which…  More info

Glenfarclas Team - The Legend of Speyside
$36.69

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.8%
Ardmore

Something very interesting here - a 10 year old peated Speysider! This Ardmore single malt was distilled 16th March 2006 and emerged from a single barrel on 11th May 2016. The outturn was 182 litres.  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$76.61

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 7881) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.6%
Glen Elgin

25 year old single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery in the Speyside region. This was distilled in November 1990 and matured in a single bourbon barrel until April 2016, when Signatory bottled it…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 7881) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$98.28

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Aberlour

An indie Aberlour here, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. This is a 26 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, matured in a…  More info

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$183.18

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
4
$300.49

BenRiach 20 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

A Silver Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge a year prior, a superb 20 year old single malt from…  More info

BenRiach 20 Year Old
6
$77.98

Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1976 (bottled 2013)

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

The 2013 bottling of Tomintoul's stupendous 1976 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, distilled two years after the number of still at Tomintoul doubled, from two to four. The 2007 bottling of the 1976…  More info

Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1976 (bottled 2013)
1
$286.14

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88201 & 88202) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

An independent bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were filled in May 1995 and cracked open in September 2016. This was bottled by the fine…  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88201 & 88202) - Signatory
$51.06

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt for 18 years until the cask was emptied by…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$50.74

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated
3
$163.20

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
$97.04

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.5%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
1
$3,187.70

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 3414) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

Single cask Mortlach - yummers! This was distilled in 1995, matured in a refill Sherry cask and bottled 17 years later in 2013 by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers Choice range. 335 bottles…  More info

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 3414) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$58.46

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

Originally released for Travel Retail, Singleton of Dufftown Unité is a relaxed, straightforward Speyside dram, packed with juicy fruit, sweet vanilla and toffee. This is the entry level bottling…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l
$49.66

Macallan 31 Year Old 1985 (cask 1388) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.8%
The Macallan

Single cask Macallan single malt, bottled as part of the Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. This was matured in a single Sherry butt for 31 years, from March 1985 to September 2016,…  More info

Macallan 31 Year Old 1985 (cask 1388) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$671.06

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
5
$91.94

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.1%
Miltonduff

Casks! Love a good cask, we do. In fact, you could say we celebrate them, just like Càrn Mòr do with the Celebration of the Cask indie bottling range. This particular bottling from that range is a 25…  More info

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$144.13

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836853) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 51.5%
Miltonduff

Indie Miltonduff single malt, aged in a single Sherry cask for 31 years. It was distilled back in November 1982 and bottled in March 2014 by Duncan Taylor for their Duncan Taylor Single range. 87…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836853) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$306.58

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenrothes

Distilled at Glenrothes on 24th September 2007 and bottled by A.D. Rattray 7th September 2016, this Speyside single malt spent well over 8 years in a single Sherry butt, finally yielding 607 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$53.99

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's

70cl, 53.7%
Glenrothes

Very well Sherried single malt from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery, aged for 19 years in a single Sherry butt. It was independently bottled by Yorkshire-based bottler Claxton's, with an outturn of…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's
$94.96

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.7%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$510.03

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)

70cl, 46%
Strathisla

A cheeky little single cask Strathisla from Malt of The Earth - one of their first bottlings. Distilled in 2005, 418 bottles were produced at 46% in 2014 after 9 years in a refill hogshead. It will…  More info

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)
1
$56.16

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
$1,819.15

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Amazingly, this 10 year old Glen Moray was matured for its entire ageing period in chardonnay casks! Rich and surprisingly sweet and buttery, a fabulous little whisky…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay
15
$26.41

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