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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.

Tormore 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Tormore

In 2014, the Tormore distillery in Speyside released this 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky (as well as a 14 year old expression). It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old
2
$66.75

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old
18
$39.06

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Amazingly, this 10 year old Glen Moray was matured for its entire ageing period in chardonnay casks! Rich and surprisingly sweet and buttery, a fabulous little whisky…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay
15
$27.54

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.1%
Miltonduff

Casks! Love a good cask, we do. In fact, you could say we celebrate them, just like Càrn Mòr do with the Celebration of the Cask indie bottling range. This particular bottling from that range is a 25…  More info

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$147.53

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
6
$52.77

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 49) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas which was a child of the '80s. This is a 1983 vintage single malt from the legendary distillery, aged in a refill hogshead until December 2014 when it was bottled at cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 49) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$607.73

Macallan 2007 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Another release from Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range, which is the home to many, many independently bottled Macallan single malts. This particular bottling was distilled in 2007 and bottled at 43%…  More info

Macallan 2007 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.13

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky distilled all the way back in 1952. This was matured in first fill Sherry casks. "The 1952 vintage Glen Grant has always been…  More info

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,217.98

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$141.19

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)
$78.20

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
3
$82.43

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.9%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$83.64

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenallachie

It's not very often you get to see Glenallachie as a single malt, so of course we went ahead and bottled some as part of our Single Cask Series! This is a 6 year old Glenallachie, matured in a refill…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$64.82

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)
$104.76

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tormore

27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery, aged in a single refill butt. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled 27 years later in April 2016 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$115.94

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Speyside

The elegantly presented 18 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky comes from the Speyside Distillery. It's matured in Sherry casks, giving it a good dose of those sweet, spiced notes which are so…  More info

SPEY 18 Year Old
1
$78.37

Tomintoul 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3700) - Vintage Single Cask

70cl, 54.9%
Tomintoul

Filled on 12th April 1977, this single Sherry cask release from Tomintoul was bottled in June 2015 The outturn was 470 bottles.  More info

Tomintoul 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3700) - Vintage Single Cask
$626.47

Strathisla 1972 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

This is a 1972 Strathisla bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Strathisla is one of the oldest distilleries in the Highlands and even has its own waterwheel!  More info

Strathisla 1972 (Gordon & Macphail)
$508.72

Speyside 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 940) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 62.5%
Speyside

A Càrn Mòr bottling of single malt from the Speyside distillery in the eponymous region, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in November 1991 and aged for 25 years (also known as…  More info

Speyside 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 940) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$127.18

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)

20cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 20cl bottling of Balvenie's excellent 12 Year Old DoubleWood, aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in European oak Sherry casks.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)
$16.77

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.77

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2

70cl, 50.3%
Balvenie

Ooh, the second batch of Balvenie Tun 1509 is here! The follow-up to the distillery's incredibly popular Tun 1401 series, Tun 1509 is made with a bigger marrying tun and continues to be absolutely…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2
5
$292.89

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11626) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Longmorn

A single cask bottling of Longmorn single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. It was distilled in October 1996 and aged in a refill hogshead until March 2017,…  More info

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11626) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$87.22

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.4%
Glenallachie

Sherried 7 year old Glenallachie, how often do you see that? This single malt has been finished in a small ex-Oloroso cask by the chaps at Darkness!  More info

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$62.72

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
$87.24

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