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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.

Blended Malt #1 - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54%
Balvenie

This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the…  More info

Blended Malt #1 -  Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$56.97

Blended Malt #1 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%
Balvenie

That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second batch of 'teaspooned whisky' #1, almost exclusively from a highly celebrated, top Speyside distillery. In the whisky world, famous distilleries often sell…  More info

Blended Malt #1 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$85.99

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Glenfiddich

It says "Blended Malt" on this bottle, and technically that's exactly what it is, except 99.99% is from a single famous Speyside distillery! Welcome to the world of 'spooned' or 'teaspooned' malts,…  More info

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$72.52

Braeval 10 Year Old - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

10 year old single malt from the Braeval distillery (previously known as Braes of Glenlivet), independently bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range. The label refers to this bottling as…  More info

Braeval 10 Year Old - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$36.34

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$60.35

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11205) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask single malt from the Braeval distillery, bottle by the fantastic Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1997 and set aside to mature in a single…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11205) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$76.06

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A bottle of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled a year after the distillery changed their name from Braes of Glenlivet. Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range of…  More info

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$79.62

Braeval 20 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

We've only gone and bottled a rather stunning 20 year old Braeval single malt as part of our Single Cask Series! You may know this distillery as 'Braes-of-Glenlivet', though it officially changed its…  More info

Braeval 20 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$102.59

Braeval 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12815) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 44.7%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A single cask bottling of Braeval (the distillery formerly known as Braes of Glenlivet), aged for quarter of a century! This was distilled back in August 1991 and allowed to mature in a refill…  More info

Braeval 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12815) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$103.81

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,189.88

Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old
48
$37.98

Cardhu 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info

Cardhu 15 Year Old
4
$50.11

Cardhu 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-aged Cardhu, this 18 year old Speyside single malt retains its characteristic gentle nature allied with greater complexity and richness.  More info

Cardhu 18 Year Old
1
$77.04

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$44.20

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
14
$48.87

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing distillery. Bottled in batches…  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$55.81

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$435.44

Cragganmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info

Cragganmore 12 Year Old
39
$37.67

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Distilled in 2004, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky has enjoyed a finishing period in Port pipes to impart sweet, fruity notes to the Speyside whisky. It was bottled in 2016 as part of the…  More info

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$59.95

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

70cl, 56.4%
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
$200.51

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 1491) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.5%
Cragganmore

A single cask bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the brilliant Adelphi chaps. It was distilled in 1986 (two years before Cragganmore became one of…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 1491) (Adelphi)
$285.11

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.7%
Cragganmore

Limited to 4,932 bottles, this is Cragganmore's sixth appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases. The only no age statement whisky from 2016's releases, it was matured in American oak hogsheads…  More info

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)
$409.52

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in April 2002, set aside to age in a Sherry butt and bottled in August 2015 at 50% ABV. 120…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$61.38

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 57.2%
Craigellachie

Distilled 26th February 2004, this Craigellachie single malt was bottled over 12 years later on 10th August 2016 with 233 bottles produced from a single cask.  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$73.07

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
21
$48.45

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