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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.

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

This is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Glen Elgin single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. The barrels were filled in November 1990 and cracked open in October 2016, producing 295…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (casks 7882 & 7884) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$99.53

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 2015 addition to the Ardmore range - this 12 year old single malt was initially matured in American white oak bourbon casks before being transferred over to Port pipes for a finishing period. Its…  More info

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish
$47.44

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Distilled in March 1993, this Allt-á-Bhainne was bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2015. Matured in a single refill hogshead, 295 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$91.85

Linkwood 8 Year Old 2008 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 62.1%
Linkwood

8 year old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in May 2008 in a bourbon barrel until August 2016, when it…  More info

Linkwood 8 Year Old 2008 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$84.17

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 52.5%
Glen Elgin

Would you look at this - we got our hands on some lip-smacking 25 year old Glen Elgin single malt and bottled it up for our Single Cask Series! This one was distilled in February 1991 (a year before…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$150.03

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

This is a Càrn Mòr bottling of 15 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a pair of casks laid down in 2000 and bottled in 2016. 540 bottles were released as part of the Strictly Limited range.  More info

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
1
$44.49

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition presentation of Beinn Dubh single malt from the Speyside distillery, presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson rally…  More info

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$59.30

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

This is a Coopers Choice bottling of 19 year old single malt from Longmorn, a very handsome distillery which resides in the Speyside region. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 after…  More info

Longmorn 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 4519) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.78

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 35cl bottling of the classic Glenfarclas 12 Year Old. As you'd expect from the renowned distillery in Speyside, this one is packed to the brim with spectacular Sherried, dried fruit notes all the…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl
1
$17.81

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - Claxton's

70cl, 55.1%
Ardmore

8 year old single malt from the Ardmore distillery, independently bottled by Claxton's. Ardmore are one of a small number of distilleries in Speyside who make heavily-peated whiskies, and this one is…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - Claxton's
$48.68

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Speyside

A rich, chocolatey Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing. For 18 years, from April 1996 to September 2014, this whisky matured in a refill butt, developing depth…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.40

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenrothes

Distilled at Glenrothes on 24th September 2007 and bottled by A.D. Rattray 7th September 2016, this Speyside single malt spent well over 8 years in a single Sherry butt, finally yielding 607 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$54.68

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in December 1996 and bottled in September 2015 with an outturn of…  More info

Tamdhu 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11956) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.62

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 52.4%
Strathmill

Bottled as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases, this is a 1988 vintage Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill American oak casks for 25 years. 2,700 bottles were produced. This is…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)
1
$284.65

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.1%
Glenlossie

A Signatory bottling of Glenlossie, aged in a single cask for 21 years. This was distilled back in November 1992, and matured in hogshead #3445 until February 2014, when it was bottled for the Cask…  More info

Glenlossie 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$89.59

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$132.27

Dailuaine 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2004 and allowed to mature until 2016 before being bottled by the chaps at Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Dailuaine 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$41.78

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$62.06

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul, in a half bottle size.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl
$16.82

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Mannochmore

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mannochmore distilled in 1994 - a phrase we like to say not only because it rhymes, but also because it means tasty Mannochmore whisky! This Connoisseurs Choice…  More info

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$72.25

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

Royal Brackla was the very first Scottish distillery to receive 'royal' status when, in 1833, it was bestowed upon them by King William IV. Most of the distillery's production goes into Dewar's…  More info

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old
1
$43.21

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
$258.77

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
11
$34.67

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.4%
Macduff

Oh, would you look at this - another excellent indie bottling from your favourite friends at Master of Malt! This one is an 18 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, distilled on the 13th…  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$122.09

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 7636) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.2%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1998 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled as part of their Autumn 2014 Release. It was distilled in 1998, filled into a Sherry butt and left to age until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 7636) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$217.37

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