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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.

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is a independent bottling of 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aultmore distillery, drawn from 2 casks which were filled in 2010. The casks were opened and the whisky was bottled in…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$40.70

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

A 1998 vintage Royal Brackla single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in refill bourbon barrels from 1998 to 2014, when it was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$53.43

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

50cl, 50.10%
Glenburgie

The second batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived. The label shows a giant searching the Glenburgie distillery for…  More info

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$84.30

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 51.80%
Imperial

Indie Imperial! This is a Mackillop's Choice bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask from December 1990 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 230 bottles.…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice
$220.91

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 15 year old from BenRiach that was first aged in bourbon casks before being finished in casks from the Douro region of Portugal, previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)
2
$49.29

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.80%
Mortlach

An Xtra Old particular bottling of 26 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a sinle refill hogshead. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 1989, and eventually bottled in…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$311.17

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.50%
BenRiach

Introduced to the BenRiach range in late 2014, their 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky brings truck-loads of mouthwatering tropical fruit, dark chocolate, treacle and warming oak spice notes,…  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old
$518.25

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 12150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Mortlach

An 11 year old independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from "The Beast of Dufftown" - Mortlach! Known for big, flavoursome whiskies, expect some tasty stuff from this Hunter Laing Old Malt…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 12150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$69.91

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
1
$120.22

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
15
$36.92

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49%
Tormore

The Pearl of Scotland range is bottled by Gordon & Company - this edition in the series features a 19 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in September 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Tormore 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 20257) - Pearls Of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$95.83

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Miltonduff

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.  More info

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
5
$35.71

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
$43.22

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Craigellachie

A single cask Craigellachie single malt packed with rich spice notes, presented by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This 15 year old Craigellachie was distilled in April 1999, left to…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$68.27

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
$76.90

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2593) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 49%
Glenfarclas

A 1985 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scoch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry hogshead until December 2014 and released as part of their fantastic Family Cask range. 320 bottles were…  More info

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2593) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$476.08

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement, and it comes at a punchy…  More info

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old
$54.79

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.40%
Glenfarclas

Distilled in 1988, matured in a single refill Sherry hogsheads and bottled on 2nd December 2014, this Glenfarclas is part of the distillery's Spring 2015 Family Cask Releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$319.39

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 60%
Craigellachie

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$71.48

Glenrothes Alba Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A surprising release from Glenrothes - this is comprised entirely of ex-Bourbon whiskies (matured in Bourbon casks). The name Alba makes reference to Quercus Alba, the Latin name for American Oak.…  More info

Glenrothes Alba Reserve
$48.15

Glen Moray 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Glen Moray is one of only a few distilleries who still malt their own barley on site and it remains a classic Speysider despite much of its product being used for blending purposes.  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old
16
$37.16

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.70%
Glendullan

Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636…  More info

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice
$187.82

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
$68.50

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is a 7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, released by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range, which come presented in handsome decanters! Wouldn't look out of place on the drinks…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$69.73

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

50cl, 54.70%
Linkwood

It's the second batch of Linkwood bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! That chap on the label is fixing Trigger's broom, which he got a medal for - he's been using the same broom for 20 years.…  More info

Linkwood - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$138.54

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