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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 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
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
21
$36.62

Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old
48
$36.37

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An independent bottling of 1998 vintage Macallan single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's extensive Speymalt series. This was bottled at 43% ABV in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$75.82

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A heavily sherried 21 year old from the Glenfarclas distillery. This offers loads of depth, a really thick dram and great value for money too.  More info

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
20
$90.41

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fantastic BenRiach single malt matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts sourced from Jerez for a minimum of 12 years. An IWSC Trophy winner back in 2011, expect classic dried fruit, spice…  More info

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood
6
$43.07

Benromach 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A 2015 release to the brilliant Benromach range. The Benromach 15 Year Old is matured in a selection of bourbon and Sherry casks, resulting in an intense but balanced flavour profile. There's big…  More info

Benromach 15 Year Old
2
$52.42

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A much adored expression here - 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas, offering up generous helpings of Sherried notes that the distillery are famous for. Bottled at…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
$701.51

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$49.30

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Glenfiddich

It says "Blended Malt" on this bottle, and technically that's exactly what it is, except 99.99% is from a single famous Speyside distillery! Welcome to the world of 'spooned' or 'teaspooned' malts,…  More info

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$72.70

Aberlour 23 Year Old September 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53%
Aberlour

A deliciously buttery Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 23 years in a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in Speyside in September 1992 and bottled by us in February 2016, joining our…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old September 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$132.98

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
2
$725.05

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
3
$50.87

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

Dark spice and strawberries abound this 15 year old from the Linkwood distillery.  More info

Linkwood 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
7
$52.88

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Delicious BenRiach 16 Year Old, now at 43% abv with smart new packaging. Great stuff.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old
4
$54.25

Macduff 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%
Macduff

"Right, one more Boilermaker, then I've got something I need to take care of." Indie Macduff single malt Scotch whisky here, aged for 11 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Macduff 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$55.04

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
49
$65.34

BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 22 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery, which was finished in casks that previously held Moscatel wine. This finishing period has imparted a rich, fruity sweetness to the whisky,…  More info

BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish
3
$153.51

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)
$97.64

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
$186.71

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
41
$38.80

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)
$145.45

Glenglassaugh Revival

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

This is the first chance to try whisky produced by the recently re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery. It was closed in 1986 but resumed production in 2008. This revival bottling is the first whisky to…  More info

Glenglassaugh Revival
9
$38.90

Strathisla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

This is a new edition of the Chivas malt Strathisla 12 year old, a fruity and sherry-rich single malt from Speyside.  More info

Strathisla 12 Year Old
26
$33.40

Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by the Dram

70cl, 59.9%
Glenfarclas

Bottled for Drinks by the Dram and featuring in their fantastic Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar, this single cask Speyside malt was bottled at a hearty natural cask strength of 59.9% abv! Distilled in…  More info

Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by the Dram
2
$114.27

Cardhu 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info

Cardhu 15 Year Old
4
$50.24

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