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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.

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition was named for the distillery's sixth Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, as he was their first Malt Master to double-mature Glenfiddich whisky in two different casks.…  More info

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish
3
$64.83

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
11
$49.31

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

70cl, 48%
BenRiach

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
6
$36.67

BenRiach 17 Year Old Solstice (2nd Edition)

70cl, 50%
BenRiach

An excellent 17 year old BenRiach, from their peated "Solstice" range. This is the second release, replacing the previous 15 year old version, and finished in a port pipe. Lovely stuff!  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Solstice (2nd Edition)
5
$71.12

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
28
$160.45

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof

70cl, 57%
Benromach

Ooh, Benromach 10 year old bottled at a significantly higher strength - 100° Proof (more commonly known as 57% ABV these days). Intense and flavourful, with a good whack of smoke and Sherried malt at…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof
4
$58.43

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714

70cl, 63.10%
The Glenlivet

The latest addition to the excellent Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non chill-filtered whiskies is 'First Fill Selection', a sweet, vanilla-rich virgin American white oak matured version…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714
2
$54.80

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The Knockando distillery started producing whisky in the Speyside region and has continued to do so ever since, becoming incredibly popular on mainland Europe and being used in some top blends. This…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve
$87.27

Macallan Reflexion

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Reflexion is a superb expression from the legendary distillery in Speyside, created by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno using whiskies matured exclusively in first-fill Sherry seasoned…  More info

Macallan Reflexion
1
$1081.90

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l

100cl, 40%
Aberlour

A litre bottle of 15 year old Aberlour, this was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l
2
$75.49

Aberlour 1989 Dunnage Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

A super rare Aberlour, distilled in 1989 and dunnage matured - meaning the barrels are aged in old warehouses, just stacked directly on top of each other - a rare thing to find these days. A release…  More info

Aberlour 1989 Dunnage Matured
$114.77

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 43.90%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the second batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh distillery, this extraordinary 40 year old malt was and finished in a single Massandra Madeira puncheon hand selected by Billy Walker…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$704.67

Benromach 2005 (bottled 2015) Hermitage Wood Finish

70cl, 45%
Benromach

Initially matured in first fill bourbon casks, Benromach's 2015 Wood Finish release spends its final 27 months in French wine casks from the northern Rhône Hermitage appellation, known for its Syrah…  More info

Benromach 2005 (bottled 2015) Hermitage Wood Finish
1
$48.15

Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a fabulous little travel retail exclusive, named for European of Spanish oak, Quercus Robur. This is aged with a good proportion of first fill Oloroso sherry casks…  More info

Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l
7
$69.45

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

70cl, 55.20%
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)
$130.50

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.  More info

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
97
$49.36

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old
20
$34.39

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.20%
Allt-á-Bhainne

"Pack it up, pack it in, Let me begin, I came to win Battle me that's a sin, I won't tear the sack up, Punk you'd better back up, Try and play the role and the whole crew will act up!" The…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$59.17

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

The producers recommend this as an aperitif whisky. It certainly offers more complexity than you'd expect from a 10 year old dram. A lovely, delicate whisky from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old
15
$38.02

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%
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
1
$165.54

SPEY Tenné

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The SPEY Tenné is a single malt from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh. It is initially aged in bourbon casks before enjoying a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks,…  More info

SPEY Tenné
2
$43.46

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52%
Glenlossie

It's the first batch of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label features a diagram of the onion-shaped stills that produce Glenlossie's whisky, but…  More info

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$132.90

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
26
$44.29

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

A heavily peated malt for a Speyside distillery, bottled at higher proof, Old Ballantruan is an unusually peated single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'
7
$41.86

Mortlach 25 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%
Mortlach

The oldest expression from the 2014 release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whiskies is their 25 Year Old. Mortlach use whisky matured mostly in refill American oak casks, aged for a quarter of a…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old
$704.74

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