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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 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 11170) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenrothes

A single cask bottling of 12 year old Glenrothes, aged in a Sherry butt from May 2004 to June 2016 before being bottled by Douglas Laing. We do love a well-Sherried Glenrothes here at MoM Towers... A…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 11170) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.87

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)
$139.15

Tomintoul 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and…  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old
17
$42.11

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.3%
Linkwood

The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)
$618.65

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)
$103.24

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 48.9%
Benrinnes

A Gleann Mór bottling of 23 year old Benrinnes single malt, aged in a single cask from May 1993 to July 2016. Released as part of the A Rare Find range, bottled at cask strength with no…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$103.12

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

70cl, 48%
BenRiach

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
10
$33.85

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
$50.07

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$35.13

Mango Anise Sorbet 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A tasty Braeval single malt, aged in a single barrel from 1994 to 2016. It was independently bottled by Wemyss Malts, and named 'Mango Anise Sorbet', to give us an idea of the flavour profile. 254…  More info

Mango Anise Sorbet 1994 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Braeval)
$89.11

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
$51.82

BenRiach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Launched in April 2015, the release of BenRiach 10 Year Old marks a milestone in The BenRiach Distillery Company's ownership. For the first time we have a core bottling created predominantly with…  More info

BenRiach 10 Year Old
9
$32.43

BenRiach Heart of Speyside

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.  More info

BenRiach Heart of Speyside
5
$25.41

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43%
Speyside

Beinn Dubh (pronounced 'Ben doo' and meaning Black Mountain) is a thick, incredibly dark whisky produced at the Speyside distillery.  More info

Beinn Dubh The Black
4
$50.07

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Moray

Distilled in March 1995 and disgorged over 20 years later in August 2015, this single cask Glen Moray was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range. The outturn from the refill…  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10871) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$80.89

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

35cl, 63.2%
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)
$408.26

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
$65.79

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Tomintoul have marked the fiftieth anniversary of spirit flowing from its stills with this stunning release composed of whiskies from each decade. Casks were chosen from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and…  More info

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary
$257.77

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
$78.25

Cardhu Gold Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu is the latest Diageo distillery to have a little core range shake up with the launch of a no age statement single malt (or two). Created using hand-picked toasted oak casks, Cardhu Gold…  More info

Cardhu Gold Reserve
10
$46.63

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
45
$37.59

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45%
Miltonduff

A rare bottling of Mosstowie - which whisky boffins will know is single malt distilled in the short-lived Miltonduff Lomond stills. This one was aged in a single cask, laid down in November 1979 and…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$287.77

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)
$63.63

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.3%
Glentauchers

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Gleann Mór for their A Rare Find range. 163 bottles were produced, bottled at…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$89.06

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)
$177.84

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