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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.

Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info

Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
5
$72.50

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.80%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
3
$68.86

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Dufftown

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June…  More info

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$88.83

Linkwood 25 Year Old (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This is a stunning twenty-five year old Linkwood from Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin. Linkwood is a great performer but is exceptionally good at this age!  More info

Linkwood 25 Year Old (Gordon & Macphail)
1
$117.47

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
11
$43.42

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

50cl, 51.40%
Tormore

Well if it isn't a new-look batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Tormore single malt. The distillery lies in Speyside, on the edge of Cairngorms National Park which is home to some of Britain’s…  More info

Tormore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$104.14

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in…  More info

Glenglassaugh Torfa
2
$48.26

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old

70cl, 42.30%
Glen Elgin

A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
$483.46

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.30%
Glentauchers

A WM Cadenhead Small Batch bottling of 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside (which you don't often hear a lot about - though it's always a pleasure when…  More info

Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$113.31

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)

35cl, 63.20%
Kininvie

Kininvie Special Release #1 sees three single casks from the distillery's inaugural run bottled for release (cask 8 released in Taiwan, cask 20 in Europe and cask 21 in the UK). In total, just 1,600…  More info

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)
$479.77

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks,…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l
1
$76.35

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 1 litre bottling of 20 year old Glen Deveron single malt Scotch whisky, originally released for the Travel Retail market. 'Glen Deveron' is the name used by the Macduff distillery for their…  More info

Glen Deveron 20 Years Old - Royal Burgh Collection
4
$92.66

Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)
$102.93

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection

70cl, 51.80%
Glenfiddich

An official single cask bottling from Glenfiddich, hand selected by Brian Kinsman for the Rare Collection. The single American oak hogshead was filled on 13th April 1979 and bottled on 18th August…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection
$2241.60

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
$97.90

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

In honour of 125 years of whisky production, Glenfiddich released this limited edition single malt Scotch whisky in 2012. For this expression, the chaps at Glenfiddich have used a combination of…  More info

Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
5
$176.11

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from 2008 to 2015. It was then bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range - a sweet, cakey Craigellachie...  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$42.81

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.70%
Inchgower

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of Inchbower single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead for 25 years. It was distilled way back in October 1989 and left to age until October 2014,…  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989  - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$273.41

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)
$1235.84

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
1
$48.26

Glen Moray Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.  More info

Glen Moray Classic
86
$26.59

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
$100.31

Longmorn 28 Year Old 1984 (cask 3213) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, selected by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range. The whisky matured in a sherry cask for 28 years before bottling.  More info

Longmorn 28 Year Old 1984 (cask 3213) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$208.98

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$50.69

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1414.82

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