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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.

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 48.80%
BenRiach

A BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. This one (a 37 year old) was given a finishing period in a Tawny Port hogshead before being…  More info

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$475.29

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.30%
Linkwood

Estimated despatch October 11th The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)
$648.28

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$35.60

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
49
$35.32

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
55
$39.39

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A delicious 18 year old Speyside malt from the Dufftown distillery, the Singleton exudes oodles of creamy, malty flavour, and it's the oldest official Dufftown we've ever tried…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old
2
$58.71

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

50cl, 54.10%
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)
$77.74

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A combination of ten vintages from Glenrothes, using whiskies that are said to some of the finest examples of their individual vintages. The first release was made up of whiskies from 1989 (said to…  More info

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
1
$42.50

The Deveron 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

From Macduff distillery, this is a single malt you may know as Glen Deveron, but a new range of expressions and new packaging in September 2015 also saw a change of name to The Deveron. This is the…  More info

The Deveron 12 Year Old
4
$35.60

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 15 year old matured in American bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak. The whisky was then married in a Solera vat. This is a great staple 15 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery.  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera
70
$40.92

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing (and outstanding) distillery.  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$57.62

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

100cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 1 litre bottling of 18 year old Glenfarclas single malt initially released for travel retail, broaching the gap between the excellent 15 and 21 year olds.  More info

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old
4
$75.58

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside; matured in a single cask. The cask was filled in 1997 and opened in 2014, when the whisky was bottled for the Coopers…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$73.46

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.70%
Speyside

No, this isn't part of our Secret Bottling Series, it's from the Speyside distillery! The distillery is, of course, located in the Speyside region.  More info

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$70.18

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1958 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's rather extensive range of Glen Grant vintages. This was matured in first fill sherry casks, Gordon and MacPhail describe the result "rich, sherried - a…  More info

Glen Grant 1958 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1161.49

Tomintoul 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.60%
Tomintoul

Yet another cracking single cask we've been lucky enough to bottle, this time from Tomintoul, pronounced 'Tom-in-Towel' (although it's best not to think about that for too long). Distilled on 1st May…  More info

Tomintoul 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$102.58

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.80%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$102.58

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 52.20%
Craigellachie

This is an independently bottled Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a single Sherry butt. It was distilled back in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. A release of…  More info

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland
$135.06

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Elgin

A very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old
10
$41.44

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1953 (cask 1682)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

This exceptional 1953 vintage is one of the oldest ever releases of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled on 25th November 1953, it spent 58 years in a single Sherry cask before it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1953 (cask 1682)
$5893.42

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.40%
Cragganmore

23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the…  More info

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice
$189.04

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.  More info

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
113
$43.08

Longmorn Distiller's Choice

70cl, 40%
Longmorn

A no age statement release from a beloved, underrated malt whisky distillery in Speyside, matured in three types of cask; hogsheads, Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels.  More info

Longmorn Distiller's Choice
$50.73

Miltonduff 8 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.50%
Miltonduff

Once again, some passionate fans of this single malt appear on the label including Dick Beach, the MWP for Miltonduff in the Loch Ness Whisky Parliament and proprietor of Fiddler's Restaurant and…  More info

Miltonduff 8 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$42.09

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

70cl, 49.70%
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)
$245.62

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