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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.

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independent bottling of Braeval single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt for 14 years - although you'd never know it from the colour! The colour is of course natural, however, whereas many…  More info

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$61.47

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky comes from the Braeval distillery, sometimes called Braes of Glenlivet, and was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Matured in a refill…  More info

Braeval 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9888) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.19

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval, yum yum yum! This little rascal comes to us from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. it was distilled in September 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead. 16 years later,…  More info

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.11

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in December 1997 and left to age in said Sherry butt until February 2016, when it was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$83.70

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)
$84.10

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)
$109.07

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$90.46

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

70cl, 53.70%
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)
$1179.94

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
$49.22

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
$81.90

Cardhu 21 Year Old 1991 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 54.20%
Cardhu

The second release of Cardhu as one of Diageo's popular Special Releases, this 21 year old Speyside single malt was matured in bourbon casks. Fewer than 6,000 natural cask strength bottles are…  More info

Cardhu 21 Year Old 1991 (2013 Special Release)
$195.10

Cardhu 27 Year Old 1984 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.10%
Cardhu

A 1984 single cask Cardhu, bottled at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their wonderful Octave cask range of whiskies finished in smaller "Octave" casks. This gives the maturing spirit…  More info

Cardhu 27 Year Old 1984 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$276.17

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
$45.14

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
6
$49.85

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 (and outstanding) distillery.  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$58.78

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

A Wemyss Malts bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015. An excellent single cask Speysider, which has been bequeathed the title 'Chocolate Orange…  More info

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$84.36

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)
$458.39

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$632.53

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
43
$38.40

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The 2001 vintage Cragganmore Distillers Edition, which was finished in Port wood casks for an intriguing depth of flavour. A top expression from the Classic Malts range and the Cragganmore distillery…  More info

Cragganmore 2001 (bottled 2014) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$61.32

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
$61.45

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
$192.85

Cragganmore 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 51.40%
Cragganmore

It's been a little while since we've seen a Cragganmore in the Diageo Special Release line-up, so we're very happy to see this Speyside single malt was picked for the 2014 squad! This 1988 vintage…  More info

Cragganmore 25 Year Old 1988 (2014 Special Release)
$344.31

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.30%
Cragganmore

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt distilled in April 1985 and independently bottled in October 2015 by the folks at Hunter Laing. The Old & Rare Platinum range is…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$326.12

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.60%
Glen Keith

Distilled at Glen Keith (not Strathisla as originally believed) on 4th April 1973, Craigduff was an experimental peated malt. Matured for a staggering 40 years in a refill sherry butt, this release…  More info

Craigduff 40 Year Old 1973 (cask 2516) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$396.81

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