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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.

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

Distilled at Glen Grant in 1995 and matured in a single cask for a couple of decades, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled those lovely people at Wemyss Malts.  More info

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)
$87.93

Ardmore 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 55.5%
Ardmore

Have you ever wondered what each individual metal ring on a cask was called? What about the bit of wood that goes past the head? What about the piece of fabric that goes in the hole underneath the…  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$55.12

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
$45.97

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 935, 936 & 938) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.5%
Ardmore

Independently bottled single malt from the Ardmore distillery, drawn from a trio of refill Sherry hogshead which housed the whisky for 14 years. This was distilled in July 2002 and bottled in October…  More info

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 935, 936 & 938) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$59.22

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Ardmore

15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, distilled in May 2000 and bottled in May 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead for that time, before said cask was…  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$70.41

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Ardmore

A deliciously smoky 16 year old Ardmore, aged in a refill barrel from May 2000 to June 2016! This was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range, with a small outturn of just 84 bottles.  More info

Ardmore 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11168) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.73

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, which has been presented with a handsome retro label by Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled by Ardmore in 1996 and…  More info

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail
$67.94

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$38.74

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 5 year old Ardmore here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in 2011 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled for the Strictly Limited range by Càrn Mòr with an outturn of 690…  More info

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$33.87

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.8%
Ardmore

Indie Ardmore aged in a single bourbon barrel and bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled in August 2016, then released as part of La Maison…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800115) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$82.99

Ardmore Triple Wood

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ardmore's Triple Wood was originally released for the Travel Retail market, matured in quarter casks, barrels and puncheons. This maturation has imparted plenty of fruity, caramel-y tastiness.  More info

Ardmore Triple Wood
$54.02

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Cooper's Choice bottling of Aultmore single malt, aged for a decade in a single bourbon cask. This was distilled back in October 2006 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of just 370 bottles.  More info

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$48.86

Aultmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

12 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness.…  More info

Aultmore 12 Year Old
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$42.08

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 17 years before being bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV.  More info

Aultmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3591) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$91.54

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This single malt Scotch whisky came from the Aultmore distillery in Speyside by way of Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 2000 and aged in a combination of…  More info

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$49.99

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

70cl, 48.1%
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
$114.01

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Montgomerie's bottling of 23 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask. This release features whisky distilled in November 1991 and set aside to mature until it was…  More info

Aultmore 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 7410) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$104.21

Aultmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Dewer's 'The Last Great Malts' range was unveiled in 2014, and with it came this 25 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky. Not afraid to show its age, this expression is packed with baked…  More info

Aultmore 25 Year Old
$320.36

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Independently bottled Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as part of the Dimensions range, made to show off the multi-faceted…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$42.03

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 65.4%
Aultmore

This isn't the first time we've bottled a 5 year old Aultmore for our Single Cask Series, nor is it the first time that whisky from this distillery has shown so well at such a relatively young age.…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$65.16

Aultmore 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

An indie bottling of 6 year old Aultmore single malt, matured in a pair of Sherry hogshead casks which were filled in 2010 and cracked open in 2016 by the folks from Càrn Mòr as part of their…  More info

Aultmore 6 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.17

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

A 12 year old Balmenach, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!) with an outturn of 107 bottles.  More info

Balmenach 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 800437) - The Single Cask
$68.41

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)
$60.23

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$34.17

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$100.46

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