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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.

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.3%
Linkwood

The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)
$648.12

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46.0%
Inchgower

A very well-aged Inchgower from Montgomerie's distilled in October 1990 and bottled in March 2013.  More info

Inchgower 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 31032) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$119.95

Benromach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
Benromach

The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old
20
$37.54

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43.0%
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
$373.69

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46.0%
Mortlach

25 year old Mortlach aged in a Sherry butt here - sounds mighty delicious, doesn't it? This was distilled in August 1990 and bottled in August 2016 after a quarter of a century in the aforementioned…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 5185) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$204.83

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
$539.02

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)
$80.96

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)

35cl, 63.2%
Kininvie

Kininvie Special Release #1 sees three single casks from the distillery's inaugural run bottled for release (cask 8 released in Taiwan, cask 20 in Europe and cask 21 in the UK). In total, just 1,600…  More info

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)
$427.71

Longmorn 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.8%
Longmorn

Independently bottled 25 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. If you had a snoop around the distillery in Speyside region, you might be…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$151.17

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask

70cl, 40.0%
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
9
$37.80

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve

70cl, 43.0%
Aberlour

A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve
5
$47.48

BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1

70cl, 57.2%
BenRiach

The inaugural release of BenRiach's Cask Strength series! These releases will work much like the popular Glendronach Cask Strengths and are bottled at natural strength.  More info

BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1
1
$57.07

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series

70cl, 43.0%
The Macallan

The third darkest and third most expensive bottling in the no age statement, sherry matured 1824 Series from The Macallan. Sienna is a naturally occuring pigment, referring not only to the hue of…  More info

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series
26
$67.91

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

70cl, 61.5%
The Glenlivet

Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held heavily peated (Speyside peat, as we understand it) Scotch whisky. This third no age statement Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
2
$52.87

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
$59.35

Glen Moray 16 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
Glen Moray

A 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the wonderful Glen Moray distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old
10
$42.49

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52.0%
Glenrothes

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
2
$147.93

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

70cl, 43.0%
Speyside

A limited edition commemorative bottling of Beinn Dubh single malt, produced to mark the return of the return of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum. A release of…  More info

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman
$52.46

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
$733.08

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim

70cl, 46.0%
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
$57.60

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.0%
The Macallan

Oh boy, it's not just an Old Particular, it's an Extra or 'Xtra' Old Particular! An XOP, if you will, from independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Distilled in August 1990 then matured for over 25 years…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$535.72

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43.0%
Knockando

An age statement single malt from Knockando that also carries a vintage, as they like to do. This is the 1995 vintage of their 'Slow Matured' 18 year old, matured in Sherry casks.  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured
$66.17

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.1%
Tomintoul

Say hello to the second batch of Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Once again, it's a Boutique-y label with a cocktail recipe on it - this one coming from…  More info

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$77.72

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

70cl, 54.6%
Tomintoul

Yet another cracking single cask we've been lucky enough to bottle, this time from Tomintoul, pronounced 'Tom-in-Towel' (although it's best not to think about that for too long). Distilled on 1st May…  More info

Tomintoul 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$102.56

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.3%
Glenfarclas

Another incredible Family Cask release from Glenfarclas' enviable inventory and Single Cask Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016! Just 159 bottles were produced from the ex-Sherry…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$4315.40

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