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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 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)
1
$50.93

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

Glenrothes Select Reserve
53
$44.39

SPEY Tenné

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The SPEY Tenné is a single malt from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh. It is initially aged in bourbon casks before enjoying a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks,…  More info

SPEY Tenné
2
$43.77

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.10%
Tomintoul

Wow - a 48 year old Tomintoul single malt here from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold independent bottling range! It was distilled in 1967 (only two years after the distillery was founded) and bottled in…  More info

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$411.45

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.01

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A tasty indie Mortlach here, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It's an 8 year old single malt from the "Beast of Dufftown", matured in a refill hogshead from February 2008 to…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.29

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A old bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky labelled as 'Pure Malt' decades ago.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)
$160.34

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin…  More info

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured
20
$51.37

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.60%
Glen Keith

There's only a short window of opportunity where a whisky can say that it was distilled whilst Gangsta's Paradise sat atop the UK charts. Fortunately, 8th November 1995 sits within that window and…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$114.38

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Deveron range, which is the name that Macduff use for their official bottlings. This was originally release for the Travel Retail market, alongside…  More info

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
$63.57

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming, this is a great 16 year old from Tomintoul. This is a half bottle - perfect for when a full bottle isn't required!  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl
$26.34

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 23105) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.10%
The Glenlivet

The Mackillop's Choice range is made of independent bottlings of casks that are deemed to be worthy of the brand's name, just like this Glenlivet, which was distilled in October 1989 and subsequently…  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 23105) - Mackillop's Choice
1
$206.57

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.10%
Glen Moray

Yet another new addition to That Boutique-y Whisky Company's ever growing range - Batch 1 of their Glen Moray! The label depicts the River Lossie spectacularly bursting its banks, flooding the…  More info

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$79.08

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

A 10 year old from the MacDuff distillery, bottled as Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old
1
$38.26

Glenfarclas 105 Gift Set with Two 5cl Miniatures

80cl, 58.10%
Glenfarclas

Give the gift of Glenfarclas with this gorgeous gift set. Featuring a full bottle of the fabulous Glenfarclas 105 (60% ABV) and two 5cl miniatures, including their 15 Year Old (46% ABV) and their 21…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 Gift Set with Two 5cl Miniatures
$69.31

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph

70cl, 48%
The Glenlivet

A cask strength 1991 vintage Glenlivet, this is a single barley edition of Nadurra, in this case the Triumph variety. Very tasty indeed.  More info

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph
1
$97.16

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.70%
Glentauchers

Duncan Taylor bottled this 21 year old Glentauchers for their Dimensions range, which has more dimensions than a 3D video game character falling through multiple parallel universes while wearing 3D…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$134.94

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
6
$38.29

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)
$103.42

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl
1
$20.50

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

A refill sherry matured Macallan, this was distilled in 1988 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Speymalt range.  More info

Macallan 1988 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)
$266.57

Macallan 1989 (bottled 2015) (cask 15067) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 47.80%
The Macallan

A 1989 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by German bottler Malts of Scotland. They've got their hands on a good Macallan here - it distilled in 1989, aged in a single…  More info

Macallan 1989 (bottled 2015) (cask 15067) - Malts of Scotland
$420.04

Glen Moray 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Matured in Chenin Blanc wine barrels, a 16 year old whisky from the Glen Moray distillery,.  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old
12
$47.89

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615

70cl, 60.30%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet continue to release tasty single malt Scotch whisky matured in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain, bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration for their fantastic Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615
4
$49.25

Glenburgie 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11218) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46.90%
Glenburgie

From Hunter Laing's classic Old Malt Cask range comes a 25 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled by Glenburgie in June 1989 and aged in…  More info

Glenburgie 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11218) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
1
$121.44

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