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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.

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the distillery.  More info

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve
34
$26.65

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)
$43.58

Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A 1997 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, released by stalwart independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail for their Speymalt selection. The range features numerous vintages of Macallan's top…  More info

Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$92.55

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
98
$45.86

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 1865) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.50%
Glenglassaugh

42 year old single malt finished in a Massandra Aleatico Hogshead, 175 bottles were filled in September 2015. Part of Glenglassaugh's second batch of Rare Cask releases, this whisky was distilled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 1865) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$842.40

Royal Brackla 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

The 16 year old release from the Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky range, and perhaps the pick of the bunch with an abundance of spicy Oloroso character. It's also beautifully presented, with a…  More info

Royal Brackla 16 Year Old
$78.73

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
15
$90.67

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A 15 year old 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. It has been matured in a combination of Sherry and refill bourbon casks. Knockando whisky is one of the…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997
$60.55

BenRiach Heart of Speyside

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.  More info

BenRiach Heart of Speyside
5
$29.88

Tomintoul 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and…  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old
20
$49.50

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)

70cl, 46.60%
Glenfiddich

A twelfth release of Glenfiddich's exceptional limited edition 40 year old single malt. Using a 'remnant vatting' process, some of the previous batch is carried over each time and vatted with the…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old Limited Edition (Release Number 12)
$3205.59

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
$41.98

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
5
$96.72

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
48
$38.41

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.80%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
3
$68.89

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)
$59.33

Glentauchers 17 Year Old - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.80%
Glentauchers

Estimated despatch 10th May 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…  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$96.90

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
$60.41

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Tomintoul have marked the fiftieth anniversary of spirit flowing from its stills with this stunning release composed of whiskies from each decade. Casks were chosen from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and…  More info

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary
$303.02

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

A 1998 vintage Royal Brackla single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in refill bourbon barrels from 1998 to 2014, when it was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$53.73

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A refill sherry matured Macallan, this was distilled in 1988 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)
$265.39

Cardhu 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info

Cardhu 15 Year Old
4
$60.04

Aultmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

12 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness.…  More info

Aultmore 12 Year Old
4
$50.85

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
1
$706.64

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1998 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Linkwood

A Côte Rôtie French wine cask finished 16 year old Linkwood from Gordon & MacPhail. Côte Rôtie is a northern Rhône appelation made with full-bodied Syrah. 4,000 bottles have been produced.  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1998 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$77.51

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