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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.

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 2)

70cl, 58.5%
Tamdhu

Another rich batch of Tamdhu single malt matured in a small number of hand-selected exclusively ex-Sherry casks. This second batch is bottled at 58.5% abv. The idea of these releases is to bring fans…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 2)
3
$62.08

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
$54.43

Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11489) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%
The Macallan

An independently bottled Macallan single malt, aged for 25 years in one refill hogshead! This was distilled in the Speyside region in March 1991 and bottled in November 2016 by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11489) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$504.97

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
27
$34.68

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A 10 year old from the Macallan matured in sherry casks. Macallan uses only Golden Promise barley, and actually use up 90% of the annual crop of Golden Promise in Scotland!  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak
14
$90.37

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The first whisky of this age released by the Glenfiddich distillery, Excellence 26 Year Old is a very special release that was matured exclusively in American oak bourbon barrels for notes of vanilla…  More info

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
3
$398.49

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
$56.33

BenRiach Peated Cask Strength - Batch 1

70cl, 56%
BenRiach

The first release from BenRiach's Peated Cask Strength series (in the same vein as their unpeated Cask Strength releases) is made with whiskies drawn from Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels.  More info

BenRiach Peated Cask Strength - Batch 1
$63.49

Glentauchers 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%
Glentauchers

Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Glentauchers was revealed in April 2016 when it was announced that all Boutique-y whiskies would henceforth carry age statements for greater transparency.…  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$86.27

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 1) Lustau Sherry Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 55.2%
Glenrothes

A delicious release from the Glenrothes Wine Merchant's Collection range (each of which has been finished in different types of cask from top producers). This whisky was finished in a cask that was…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 1) Lustau Sherry Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$205.45

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%
Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown is back, and it's continuing to run amok around the peaceful streets! Yes, it's the third bottling of Mortlach single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$101.39

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
14
$49.90

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
45
$40.29

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43%
Speyside

Beinn Dubh (pronounced 'Ben doo' and meaning Black Mountain) is a thick, incredibly dark whisky produced at the Speyside distillery.  More info

Beinn Dubh The Black
5
$53.78

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve was introduced to the Speyside distillery's core range in 2014, and it's definitely one for the Sherry lovers out there, as this is the first single malt from…  More info

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
2
$59.17

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
2
$73.84

Aberlour 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this 10 year old from Aberlour remains a perennial favourite, typical of the modern Speyside style and thoroughly approachable. Such is its…  More info

Aberlour 10 Year Old
93
$28.96

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.6%
Strathmill

A 24 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky joins our Single Cask Series! This one was distilled back in October 1990 and left to age in a single Sherry cask until August 2015, when we bottled…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$132.69

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
9
$52.91

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.4%
Benrinnes

Here we see one of our very own Master of Malt Single Cask Series bottlings - an 18 year old Benrinnes! It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a bourbon cask until March 2016. We…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$102.46

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A recent release edition from Glenfiddich, this was aged for 14 years before a finish in new American and Spanish oak casks. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish…  More info

Glenfiddich Rich Oak
45
$41.36

Cragganmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info

Cragganmore 12 Year Old
39
$39.21

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
$38.02

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)
$77.65

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition

70cl, 42.8%
The Macallan

Released for the travel retail market, The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition was crafted by Bob Dalgarno, Macallan's distillery manager, using whisky drawn from a combination of Sherry and bourbon…  More info

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition
2
$95.26

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