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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.

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
1
$53.71

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.70%
Aberlour

Ooh, an indie Aberlour! Don't see many of these, do you? This was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range, drawn from a single Sherry butt which matured the whisky from November…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$216.32

Singleton of Dufftown Artisan 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Artisan is one of the Singleton of Dufftown's single malts originally released for Travel Retail. At the top of their range, this expression enjoys a finishing period in hand-selected Pedro…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Artisan 1l
3
$116.59

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.70%
Strathmill

A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$105.79

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 56.10%
Imperial

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range, which of course focuses on whiskies from distilleries which have sadly shut their doors, comes an 18 year old single malt from the Imperial…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
1
$136.99

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)
$18.29

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows…  More info

Craigellachie 17 Year Old
1
$98.30

The Ardmore Legacy

70cl, 40%
Ardmore

Released in 2014 to take the place of the Ardmore Traditional, the Legacy brings a lightly-peated, wood spice-led flavour profile to the table. At its core, the Ardmore Legacy is made with 80% peated…  More info

The Ardmore Legacy
19
$37.27

Glenfarclas Legend Of Speyside - Springs

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Legend of Speyside range for the German market, this bottling of Sherry-cask-matured Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky honours the spring water at the core of spirit.…  More info

Glenfarclas Legend Of Speyside - Springs
$49.68

Kininvie 23 Year Old 1991 (Batch 3)

35cl, 42.60%
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)
$146.00

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Very well-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Glen Grant distillery. It was distilled back in 1956 and aged until 2008, when it was bottled at 40% ABV. A rare and collectible dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1956 (bottled 2008) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1581.61

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 49.10%
The Macallan

19 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Cask Collection range by A. D. Rattray. This one has been matured in a bourbon cask from October 1995 to September 2015, and was then…  More info

Macallan 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 10454) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$225.96

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
105
$47.32

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
5
$62.27

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
20
$30.60

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

A Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Eglin single malt Scotch whisky. A seldom heard from distillery in the Speyside region despite Glen Elgin has been producing whisky since…  More info

Glen Elgin 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$68.08

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.20%
Longmorn

From WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range comes a 1990 vintage Longmorn single malt, matured for 24 years in bourbon barrels. It was distilled by Longmorn in Speyside in 1990 and eventually bottled in…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$96.90

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamnavulin

A single cask Tamnavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1993, the same year that Whyte & Mackay became owners of the distillery. It was left to age in a refill butt for 21 years,…  More info

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.15

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
10
$49.68

Aultmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An 18 year old Aultmore launched in 2015 as part of John Dewar & Sons' Last Great Malts ranges.  More info

Aultmore 18 Year Old
$118.30

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Glenburgie

A 23 year old Gleenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. This particular batch consisted of 456 bottles, all filled…  More info

Glenburgie 23 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$109.67

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$49.83

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.40%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$103.28

Mortlach Special Strength

50cl, 49%
Mortlach

Mortlach Special Strength comes from the 2014 relaunch of Mortlach's range, though was originally released for the Travel Retail market. This has been bottled at 49% ABV, which brings out plenty of…  More info

Mortlach Special Strength
$92.33

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

8 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas distillery, known around the world of their splendidly Sherried expressions. The Glenfarclas 8 Year Old leans more in the…  More info

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old
$37.01

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