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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.

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2016) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glentauchers

An independently bottled Glentauchers, distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2016 by Gordon & MacPhail with a rather neat retro label.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2016) (Gordon and MacPhail)
$51.57

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.9%
Dailuaine

A 34 year old Dailuaine!!! Distilled in 1980 and matured in refill American oak casks, this is a release of 2,952 individually numbered bottles. The first official bottling in six years from a…  More info

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)
$393.34

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

An Organic single malt Scotch whisky from the Benromach distillery, which was distilled in 2010, matured in virgin oak casks and bottled in 2016. A popular expression from the distillery in…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2016)
$36.49

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)
$77.37

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
2
$40.72

Tomintoul 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

This 14 year old has been bottled at a higher strength to previous Tomintoul releases. This has helped bring out more of the flavour, and the character of the dram.  More info

Tomintoul 14 Year Old
9
$42.27

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve
5
$43.42

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 12 year old from the Tomintoul distillery. This was matured in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask
12
$35.40

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.2%
Mortlach

19 year old single malt from Speyside's Mortlach distillery, aged in a single cask and independently bottled by... us! Yes, it's another delicious Mortlach joining our Single Cask Series! This whisky…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$146.93

Tomintoul Tlàth

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Pronounced 'Tlah', Tlàth means gentle and/or mellow. With Tomintoul known as 'the gentle dram', this particular expression is along the same easy-going Speysider lines and is matured in American oak…  More info

Tomintoul Tlàth
$26.85

Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d Family Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

On 8th June 1865 John Grant purchased Glenfarclas distillery for £511.19s.0d and it's still owned and run by the family today. This special Family Reserve bottling celebrates that quite remarkable…  More info

Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d Family Reserve
1
$85.69

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a fabulous little travel retail exclusive, named for European of Spanish oak, Quercus Robur. This is aged with a good proportion of first fill Oloroso sherry casks…  More info

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l
12
$66.19

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
$72.40

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A 10 year old from the Macallan matured in sherry casks. Macallan uses only Golden Promise barley, and actually use up 90% of the annual crop of Golden Promise in Scotland!  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak
14
$86.19

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
1
$220.60

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Strathmill

A rare bottling from the now discontinued, and beautifully packaged, Flora and Fauna range. This 12 year old was distilled at the Speyside based Strathmill distillery.  More info

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$45.70

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.9%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$258.77

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
8
$162.51

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 148490) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 50.1%
Glen Grant

An 18 year old single cask Glen Grant, bottled by A. D. Rattray. This was distilled back in October 1997 and allowed to mature in a bourbon cask until September 2016, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 148490) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$70.65

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak
3
$424.33

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

One of the many vintages of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky bottled by the folks from Gordon & MacPhail, presented with a handsome retro label. This one was distilled in 2004 and left alone…  More info

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$38.93

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition was named for the distillery's sixth Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, as he was their first Malt Master to double-mature Glenfiddich whisky in two different casks.…  More info

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish
5
$55.51

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

70cl, 48%
Aberlour

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered
4
$43.09

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

70cl, 56.6%
Glen Keith

There's only a short window of opportunity where a whisky can say that it was distilled whilst Gangsta's Paradise sat atop the UK charts. Fortunately, 8th November 1995 sits within that window and…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$97.24

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve was introduced to the Speyside distillery's core range in 2014, and it's definitely one for the Sherry lovers out there, as this is the first single malt from…  More info

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
2
$56.75

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