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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.

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.80%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
3
$68.50

Tomintoul 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10780) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Tomintoul

20 year old single malt from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in a refill hogshead from May 1995 to May 2015. Following it's maturation, it was bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Tomintoul 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10780) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$103.25

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamnavulin

A single cask Tamnavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1993, the same year that Whyte & Mackay became owners of the distillery. It was left to age in a refill butt for 21 years,…  More info

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$98.22

The Macallan M - 1824 Series

70cl, 44.50%
The Macallan

The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an…  More info

The Macallan M - 1824 Series
$3977.33

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.40%
Glenfarclas

A rich ruby Family Cask from Glenfarclas! Bottled on 28th November 2014 for inclusion in the Spring 2015 releases, 281 bottles emerged from the single Sherry butt where it had been getting richer and…  More info

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1440.62

Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 5040) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.10%
Glenfarclas

From the Autumn 2014 Glenfarclas Family Cask release comes a 1975 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask (#5040). Within that cask this whisky slumbered until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 5040) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$923.62

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$55.23

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2

70cl, 50.30%
Balvenie

Ooh, the second batch of Balvenie Tun 1509 is here! The follow-up to the distillery's incredibly popular Tun 1401 series, Tun 1509 is made with a bigger marrying tun and continues to be absolutely…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2
$357.79

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
$91.46

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Elgin

A very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old
9
$46.08

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
2
$54.51

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mannochmore

The Mannochmore edition from the Flora and Fauna range. The series is a great showcase of mid-aged malts, this offers loads of character.  More info

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$53.92

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19013) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54%
Glenrothes

25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, one of Speyside's finest. It was distilled in September 1990, matured in a hogshead and bottled in October 2015 with an outturn of 221 bottles.…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19013) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$105.38

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing the 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
116
$40.37

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 9089) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 49.90%
Benrinnes

19 year old single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, matured in a bourbon cask from October 1995 to May 2015. It was bottled at 49.9% ABV as part of the Rest & Be Thankful range. 288 bottles were…  More info

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 9089) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$111.10

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
$26.08

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6470) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory Vintage bottling of Glenburgie matured in a single hogshead cask, distilled 13th June 1995 and bottled 4th November 2015. This bottling offers an opportunity to enjoy the excellent, but…  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 6470) (Signatory)
$58.36

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1966 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$541.28

Tamnavulin 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.60%
Tamnavulin

An independent bottling of 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamnavulin distillery. You don't get to see much Tamnavulin these days, so these bottling are always a treat. The whisky used…  More info

Tamnavulin 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$117.99

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The Cragganmore Distillers Editions spend a finishing period in casks that previously held Port wine, adding extra fruitiness to the whisky. The 2015 release was distilled in 2003.  More info

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$67.34

Barrista's Dram 2002 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Craigellachie)

70cl, 43%
Craigellachie

An independently bottled Craigellachie single malt, distilled in 2002, matured in a single butt cask and bottled in 2015 by the folks at Wemyss Malts. They've given it a delicious, descriptive name…  More info

Barrista's Dram 2002 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Craigellachie)
$62.28

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tamdhu

A nice teenage Tamdhu from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 328 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$71.43

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.40%
Cragganmore

23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the…  More info

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice
$210.87

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

8 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas distillery, known around the world of their splendidly Sherried expressions. The Glenfarclas 8 Year Old leans more in the…  More info

Glenfarclas 8 Year Old
$36.66

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.10%
Glenallachie

22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1992 and aged in a refill barrel. In August 2014, the good peoples at Douglas Laing decided it was ready to join the gorgeous…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10422) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$104.68

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