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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.

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.90%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$304.37

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
$54.48

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
3
$48.49

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul. This was introduced to their range in 2002, two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old
7
$33.11

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 3170) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.30%
Glenglassaugh

A stunning 39 year old single malt from Glenglassaugh, a distillery that was of course closed from 1985 through to 2005. Finished in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry hogshead, just 205 bottles were filled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 3170) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$607.53

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.10%
Craigellachie

A classic, meaty Craigellachie that perfectly showcases the distillery character, which is partly down to their use of traditional worm tub condensers. This single cask also exhibits impressive…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$85.16

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare 1970s bottling of 8 Year Old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Great for collectors, whisky enthusiasts or time travellers.  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s
$175.32

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.11

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.80%
The Glenlivet

This well-aged whisky is a 45 year old single malt from the renowned Glenlivet distillery, distilled way back in 1968. It was bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Tantalus range, which features…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 2833) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$2166.94

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Delicious BenRiach 16 Year Old, now at 43% abv with smart new packaging. Great stuff.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old
$63.55

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
Glentauchers

A 6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 by Duncan Taylor. This has been released as part of their Octave series, and as such, this whisky was given…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$60.13

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.80%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery in the Speyside region. The whisky was distilled in 1987 and matured for 26 years before it was bottled for their…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$160.39

Tomintoul 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tomintoul

This 25 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the distillery's range in the first half of 2015. An exciting release for Tomintoul, a distillery which has resided in Speyside…  More info

Tomintoul 25 Year Old
2
$218.71

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
4
$55.07

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A 1967 vintage(!) Tomintoul from Italian bottler Samaroli. Just 176 bottles were produced.  More info

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli
$467.29

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.10%
Aultmore

A very well-aged Aultmore from respected bottler Mackillop's. Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Speyside on the 4th of September 1990 and bottled from cask number 5199 in April 2013.  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice
$138.37

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 47.80%
Tormore

A bottling of Tormore single malt whisky, distilled in 1988, a year before the distillery was acquired by Allied Domecq in 1989. This 27 year old whisky has been bottled as part of the Mackillop's…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice
$173.32

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A 7 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky with a particularly pleasing dark bronze hue, bottled by Langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled back in 2008, matured…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.12

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
$77.68

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$55.94

Tomintoul With A Peaty Tang

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Tomintoul With A Peaty Tang
8
$36.32

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
The Speyside

21 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery in the eponymous Scottish whisky region, aged in a single Sherry butt from December 1993 to November 2015. Released as part of the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$102.97

Balvenie 25 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

At the top of the Balvenie Triple Cask range sits the 25 Year Old. This incredible expression contains whiskies aged in traditional refill casks, first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and first-fill Oloroso…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Triple Cask
$547.88

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)
$164.30

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.50%
Glen Spey

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$80.63

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