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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.

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
$426.02

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
$39.08

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
$55.73

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
$43.26

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)
$97.63

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
$56.98

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
$395.53

Glenfarclas 29 Year Old 1986 Refill Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series V

70cl, 53.8%
Glenfarclas

This is the fifth release in the Glenfarclas Family Collector Series, which was drawn from a pair of refill Sherry butts that were filled in September 1986 and bottled in May 2016. These casks were…  More info

Glenfarclas 29 Year Old 1986 Refill Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series V
$587.11

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.5%
Tormore

A North Star Spirits bottling of 27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery. This was distilled in December 1988 and matured until October 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 200…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits
$137.13

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
33
$22.85

Kininvie 23 Year Old 1991 (Batch 3)

35cl, 42.6%
Kininvie

Kininvie continues to release their single malt under their name, much to the joy of curious whisky enthusiasts everywhere. This is the third batch of Kininvie, a 23 year old single malt which was…  More info

Kininvie 23 Year Old 1991 (Batch 3)
$129.65

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.5%
BenRiach

Introduced to the BenRiach range in late 2014, their 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky brings truck-loads of mouthwatering tropical fruit, dark chocolate, treacle and warming oak spice notes,…  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old
$466.72

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl
5
$20.61

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004

70cl, 43%
Knockando

It's the 2004 vintage 12 year old expression from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. These expressions from Knockando are reliably tasty, affordable whiskies.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004
$34.12

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

Superb single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, aged for 30 years. Three decades of maturation have resulted in a fantastically full-bodied, satisfyingly Sherried and all-around awesome flavour…  More info

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old
$413.55

Braeval 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12815) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 44.7%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A single cask bottling of Braeval (the distillery formerly known as Braes of Glenlivet), aged for quarter of a century! This was distilled back in August 1991 and allowed to mature in a refill…  More info

Braeval 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12815) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$104.06

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$47.59

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

50cl, 48.8%
Glentauchers

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 statements for greater transparency.…  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$83.08

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.7%
The Macallan

An exceptional rare Single Cask Macallan matured in teeny tiny 50 litre casks. Just 67 bottles were produced!  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$196.15

Glen Grant 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

A 12 year old Glen Grant single malt, launched in mid-2016 with a rather sleek and handsome new bottle design. Still shows off the classic Glen Grant style - honey'd malt, sugared almond and ripe…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old
6
$39.44

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$68.76

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The first whisky of this age released by the Glenfiddich distillery, Excellence 26 Year Old is a very special release that was matured exclusively in American oak bourbon barrels for notes of vanilla…  More info

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
3
$373.37

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%
Glenrothes

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits
$87.25

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition commemorative bottling of Beinn Dubh single malt, produced to mark the return of the return of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum. A release of…  More info

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman
$50.47

Benrinnes 15 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

A 'partially' triple-distilled Speysider, this single malt from the Benrinnes distillery was bottled at 15 years for the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
6
$52.23

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