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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.

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a Rosé-wine-finished refill hogshead. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled by Langside in 2016 for their Hepburn's Choice range - 373…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)
$45.63

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.22

Glen Moray Elgin Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside, which has been treated to a finishing period in Sherry casks, giving it a generous helping of Speyside Sherried yumminess. Dig in.  More info

Glen Moray Elgin Classic
$29.02

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old

70cl, 42%
Glenglassaugh

A 42% bottling of 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenglassaugh, a Highland distillery on the coast. As with the previous release it's presented in a beautiful teardrop decanter.  More info

Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old
$234.91

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Super Sherried Macallan 18 year old, now carrying a release year rather than a vintage. This is the 2016 release of this sought-after whisky.  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release
1
$167.36

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95…  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
86
$50.10

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3

70cl, 52.20%
Balvenie

David Stewart's new and larger plaything following the success of marrying tun 1401, Tun 1509 is now providing its third release! For this batch he selected 12 Sherry butts with vintages varying from…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3
$290.54

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

From the rather excellent Speymalt series from Gordon & MacPhail comes a 1974 vintage Macallan single malt malt, which was bottled in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1974 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$573.17

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

50cl, 48.80%
The Macallan

A fifth batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, only this time with an age statement! This is part of the April 2016 relaunch that will see all new Boutique-y bottlings…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
6
$548.87

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

1967 vintage Macallan, anyone? Now that we have your attention, here is a 1967 vintage Macallan! Bottled under Gordon & Macphail's Speymalt label in 2016, this is an extraordinarily aged single malt…  More info

Macallan 1967 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & Macphail)
$903.84

Longmorn 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

Released to replace the 15 year old, part of a relaunch of Longmorn, promoting the brand as a super premium single malt maker. This is a superb 16 year old, recommended.  More info

Longmorn 16 Year Old
17
$87.96

Glenfiddich Select Cask

100cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Launched for the travel retail market, Glenfiddich Select Cask is comprised of whisky from... Well, from select casks. These whiskies are then married together in a Solera vat, resulting in a rich…  More info

Glenfiddich Select Cask
10
$43.73

Glen Grant 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A gentle, delicate 10 year old single malt, a great beginner's whisky from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
30
$32.95

Benromach 1974

70cl, 49.10%
Benromach

Unvieled 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
$1322.70

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43%
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
$64.85

Dufftown 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 18583) - Vintage Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 53.60%
Dufftown

Matured in a single ex-bourbon hogshead for 33 years, this single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in November 1982 and bottled in March 2016. 198 bottles were produced at a natural cask strength of…  More info

Dufftown 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 18583) - Vintage Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$204.91

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask
5
$110.17

The Macallan Oscuro

70cl, 46.50%
The Macallan

A beautiful, extremely limited edition Macallan released for travel retail, Oscuro is made with whisky from 1987 and 1997 and it's sherried and incredibly rich.  More info

The Macallan Oscuro
6
$826.69

Linkwood 28 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.40%
Linkwood

An independently bottled 28 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in 2 butt casks from 1987 to 2015. This has been presented by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest Scottish independent bottlers. 1062…  More info

Linkwood 28 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$137.22

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional…  More info

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask
10
$79.31

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
1
$111.73

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 46.10%
Dailuaine

A 32 year old Daliuaine single malt Scotch whisky, initially matured in a refill hogshead and finished in an Oloroso Sherry hogshead before being bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. Just 230 bottles…  More info

Dailuaine 32 Year Old 1983 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$211.29

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
58
$38.44

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old Straight Malt

75cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

An old and rare bottling of 8 year old Glenfiddich single malt whisky labelled "straight malt" with original presentation box. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old Straight Malt
$710.95

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$462.02

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