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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.

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$138.61

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1607) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 48.3%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1981 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single 4th fill butt until July 2016. A release of 265 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1607) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$434.81

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

A rather interesting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was distilled in 1986, which was the same year that the distillery closed for the third time during…  More info

Glenglassaugh 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.1%
Glenfarclas

A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 31) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$397.08

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Sherry-butt-matured Braeval single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in 1997 and allowed to mature for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled for The First Editions range at cask…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$85.42

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
$55.12

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6174) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

A Signatory bottling of 17 year old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a hogshead cask which was filled in May 1999 and emptied in November 2016. It was bottled as part of the…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6174) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$48.35

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Aultmore 19 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.1%
Aultmore

More Aultmore, we hear you ask? You got it - here's an indie bottling of 19 year old single malt from the Aultmore distillery! This was distilled back in 1997 and set aside to mature until 2016, when…  More info

Aultmore 19 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$74.84

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

One of two new Master Distiller's releases from the summer of 2015, originally for travel retail. The Solera Reserve, like the others in the range, is made up of whiskies matured in ex-Sherry casks,…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted
2
$59.96

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.5%
Knockando

A rich, darkly sherried Knockando from the Managers Choice series. This official bottling was distilled in 1996 and aged for 12 years in (presumably first fill!) sherry cask #800790 before bottling…  More info

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice
1
$181.48

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
12
$75.07

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 54.2%
Craigellachie

An incredibly well-aged single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, drawn from a single cask. This was distilled in 1970, a few years after Craigellachie doubled the number of stills in their…  More info

Craigellachie 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 1607) - Gordon & MacPhail (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,068.57

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 55.2%
Glenfarclas

A 1959 vintage Glenfarclas family cask! Just look at it - it looks like treacle! Matured in a single ex-Sherry hoggie, it was bottled on 28th November 2014 and released as part of the Spring 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3226) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$2,977.99

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.5%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$76.22

Benromach 1974

70cl, 49.1%
Benromach

Unveiled 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
$1,251.94

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48%
Glenallachie

Indie Glenallachie! This WM Cadenhead bottling of 22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in 1992 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2015, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$76.87

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

50cl, 52.1%
Aberlour

This is the second batch of deliciously sherried single malt from the Aberlour distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Expect a rich, dark, spicy whisky with oodles of complexity…  More info

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

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.6%
Glen Spey

23 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single hogshead cask which housed the whisky for over two decades. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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

50cl, 54.6%
Aberlour

Aberlour was once known as Aberlour-Glenlivet - back when Speyside distilleries tried to cash in on the cachet of the Glenlivet Distillery following legal action which prevented them calling…  More info

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

Glen Keith - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.2%
Glen Keith

The first batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, is here! But who's this on the label? Why, it's those chaps from that there…  More info

Glen Keith - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Knockando 12 Year Old 2003

70cl, 43%
Knockando

12 year old single malt from Speyside's Knockando distillery, matured in bourbon casks which were filled in 2003. A vanilla-forward and fruit expression, with plenty of malt notes to back it up.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2003
$36.97

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

50cl, 49.6%
Macduff

The second batch of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company yet again sees a scene not seen in one of Shakespeare's most famous plays on its label.…  More info

Macduff - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$93.85

Glenallachie 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 5265) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

A 20 year old Glenallachie single malt, aged in a single cask from October 1996 to November 2016. Another tasty indie bottling from the fine folks at Signatory.  More info

Glenallachie 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 5265) (Signatory)
$37.53

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