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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 2008 (cask 11072) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in Speyside in 2008 and set aside in a refill hogshead until March 2016, when said cask was cracked open…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11072) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An interesting Inchgower here, which was "filled from a wine-finished hogshead"! It was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 8 years old in 2016 by the chaps at Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.60

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old) (No Box)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A bottle of Glenlivet's XXV 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in Oloroso Sherry casks to bring some very welcome notes of Sherry-soaked raisins and dark chocolate to the table.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old) (No Box)
$192.59

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A very handsomely presented 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 2008 and bottled in 2016. This comes presented in gorgeous retro decanters - 367 were produced.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)
$47.16

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

11 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back in spring 2004 and set aside to mature in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12302) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 55.9%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower here from Hunter Laing's First Editions range, which is meant to evoke the qualities of a rare book. This was distilled in 1995 and allowed to mature in a single Sherry butt until…  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12302) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$87.14

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

This Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky is 21 years old as it was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in October 2013. 294 bottles were produced for Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask.  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$83.88

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Rarely seen as a single malt, this independent bottling of Balmenach comes from Douglas Laing. Distilled in November 2005, it spent 10 years in a single refill hogshead before being bottled in May…  More info

Balmenach 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11247) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 8802) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 46.4%
Glenfarclas

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenfarclas distillery, distilled in 1979, matured in a plain hogshead (#8802) and bottled in July 2014 as part of their long-running…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 8802) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$365.73

Inchgower 26 Year Old 1980 (cask 14155) (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.8%
Inchgower

Inchgower may not be the first distillery to jump to mind when you think of heavily Sherried whiskies, but just have a look at this one!!! It's an independently bottled Inchgower, distilled in 1980…  More info

Inchgower 26 Year Old 1980 (cask 14155) (Adelphi)
$405.73

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2000 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52%
Ardmore

An independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a refill barrel that was filled in 2000 and cracked open in 2014. It was a joint bottled between The Whisky Agency and La Maison…  More info

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2000 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$91.69

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.1%
Aultmore

Darkness! whiskies spend at least six months in specially coopered fresh 50 litre Sherry cask (Oloroso in this case). For this 6 year old Aultmore single malt, that's around a twelfth of its…  More info

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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Strathmill 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10978) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

An Old Malt Cask bottling of single malt from the Strathmill distillery in the Speyside region. This fruit-forward whisky was distilled in October 1989 and left to mature in a single refill butt for…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10978) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$102.87

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from August 2008 to November 2015 in a single refill hogshead. This was bottled at 46% ABV by the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.99

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

This independently bottled Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single Sherry butt for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled by Douglas Laing. A handsomely Sherried…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$39.50

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

A Wemyss Malts bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015. An excellent single cask Speysider, which has been bequeathed the title 'Chocolate Orange…  More info

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$79.70

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Spey

A tasty 14 year old Glen Spey from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in February of 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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
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Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.1%
The Glenlivet

An indie bottling of 29 year old Glenlivet single malt, drawn from cask #13503 which was laid down in 1978 and cracked open in 2008. It was independently bottled by Adelphi with a very small outturn…  More info

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)
$281.59

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.7%
Glen Grant

A rather intruiging bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Hunter Laing for their Old & rare range. It was distilled at the distillery in Speyside in October 1985 and filled…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1985 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 825 & 826) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

An independent bottling of Glenlossie single malt, drawn from a pair of casks which aged the whisky for 19 years - from February 1997 to October 2015. Following its maturation, this was bottled…  More info

Glenlossie 19 Year Old 1997 (casks 825 & 826) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

This Speysider was bottled at nineteen years old by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask. This Longmorn is non-chill filtered so all of the flavour and texture is preserved in the final product!  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1992 (cask 71768) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$75.79

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their…  More info

Strathisla 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$286.32

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.3%
Aultmore

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Aultmore single malt, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in a tiny Octave cask for 8 months. Only 110 bottles were produced.  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$53.46

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