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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.

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)
$35.70

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%
Balmenach

An independently bottled Balmenach single malt, aged for 27 years in a single hogshead cask. Said hoggie was filled in October 1988 and opened in 2016 by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Balmenach 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 3234) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$107.89

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
9
$73.31

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavour. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable…  More info

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
111
$52.27

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional…  More info

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask
11
$75.41

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.  More info

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish
47
$135.60

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)

70cl, 46.9%
Balvenie

This right here is a rare bottle of 25 year old Balvenie single malt, distilled in November 1974 and matured in a single cask until October 2000. It was then bottled at 46.9% ABV. This bottle was…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old 1974 (cask 15016)
$838.39

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak
2
$429.64

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release

70cl, 47.3%
Balvenie

This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. Previous…  More info

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release
1
$711.26

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)

70cl, 47.3%
Balvenie

A collectible bottle of 33 year old Balvenie, distilled in November 1972 and bottled in May 2006 as part of their Vintage Cask series. Only 150 bottles were produced. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Balvenie 33 Year Old 1972 (cask 14811)
$2,882.14

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One

70cl, 45.9%
Balvenie

One of five highly collectible bottles from the first chapter of the Balvenie DCS Compendium - in fact, this is the oldest whisky in Chapter One; a 46 year old single malt Scotch whisky, set aside to…  More info

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
4
$19,912.95

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

Aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in first fill European oak Sherry casks, DoubleWood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
121
$35.94

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)

20cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 20cl bottling of Balvenie's excellent 12 Year Old DoubleWood, aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in European oak Sherry casks.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)
$16.07

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
48
$85.41

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

350cl, 53.7%
Balvenie

This is the start of something big. Massive, some might say. This is Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium, an incredible set of 25 bottles of Balvenie single malt celebrating the work of…  More info

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set
2
$29,345.40

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,066.87

Beinn Dubh 20 Year Old - Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

The Speyside distillery released this 20 year old limited edition expression of their Beinn Dubh single malt to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson…  More info

Beinn Dubh 20 Year Old - Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$204.17

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition commemorative bottling of Beinn Dubh single malt, produced to mark the return of the return of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum. A release of…  More info

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman
$50.90

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43%
Speyside

Beinn Dubh (pronounced 'Ben doo' and meaning Black Mountain) is a thick, incredibly dark whisky produced at the Speyside distillery.  More info

Beinn Dubh The Black
3
$50.90

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition presentation of Beinn Dubh single malt from the Speyside distillery, presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson rally…  More info

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$60.04

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
9
$32.96

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fantastic BenRiach single malt matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts sourced from Jerez for a minimum of 12 years. An IWSC Trophy winner back in 2011, expect classic dried fruit, spice…  More info

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood
3
$39.13

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
4
$54.71

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim
6
$55.89

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$68.91

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