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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.

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt, bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice indie bottling range! Interestingly, this whisky (which was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015) was allowed a…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.76

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.96

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from 2008 to 2015. It was then bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range - a sweet, cakey Craigellachie...  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$36.96

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.2%
Craigellachie

This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside in 2008. It was then matured for 7 years including an 8 month finishing period in a tiny octave cask before being bottled by Duncan…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$46.43

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Housed in a handsome decanter, this Douglas Laing Premier Barrel release of single cask Craigellachie is 8 years old. 358 of these classy chaps were made.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$46.93

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.30

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.99

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 64.1%
Craigellachie

A 9 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2006 and matured for 9 years in a single cask. Following that, it was bottled by Scotland Grindlay at cask strength - a very…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2006 (Scotland Grindlay)
$85.60

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Dailuaine

A Flora and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery, a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great digestive.  More info

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
6
$54.87

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 57%
Dailuaine

An independently bottled Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and aged in a single cask for 19 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay. 236 cask strength bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)
$117.40

Dailuaine 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2004 and allowed to mature until 2016 before being bottled by the chaps at Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Dailuaine 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.23

Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 51.9%
Dailuaine

A Gleann Mór bottling of Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 21 years in a single cask. This was distilled in February 1994, and bottled in August 2015 for the A Rare Find range. 179…  More info

Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.37

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.9%
Dailuaine

A 34 year old Dailuaine!!! Distilled in 1980 and matured in refill American oak casks, this is a release of 2,952 individually numbered bottles. The first official bottling in six years from a…  More info

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)
$397.56

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.5%
Dailuaine

Released as part of Douglas Laing's Single Minded, this is a single cask Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which matured the whisky for 7 long years.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2007 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$32.67

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

7 year old single malt from the Dailuaine distillery, finished in a wine cask! This was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when the chaps from Langside got their hands on it and bottled it…  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.81

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Matured in a single Sherry butt from March 2007 to May 2016, this Dailuaine 9 year single malt Scotch whisky is brought to you by top bottler Douglas Laing.  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.75

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11504) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Independently bottled Dailuaine, aged in a refill hogshead for 9 years. This fruit-rich single malt was distilled back in January 2007 and bottled in November 2016 by the folks from Douglas Laing. A…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11504) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.56

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$62.72

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.4%
Glenallachie

Sherried 7 year old Glenallachie, how often do you see that? This single malt has been finished in a small ex-Oloroso cask by the chaps at Darkness!  More info

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$62.72

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Dufftown

This is a bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Dufftown distillery, back when it was owned by Arthur Bell & Sons - and also before they dropped the 'Glenlivet' suffix.  More info

Dufftown 12 Year Old - 1980s
$225.98

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Dufftown

Independently bottled Dufftown single malt, distilled all the way back in 1995. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, it has been bottled at 48.4% abv in handsome bottles covered in…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$84.85

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%
Dufftown

A single cask single malt from the Dufftown distillery, independently bottled by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. Hogshead #19501 was laid down in December 1997 and…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$71.17

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon…  More info

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$48.43

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 7 year old Dufftown single malt, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels. It was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when it was bottled for the Càrn Mòr Stictly Limited…  More info

Dufftown 7 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$38.04

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Dufftown

A 1980s bottling of 8 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky (which they called "Pure Malt" at the time). It's a very handsome, shiny, well-kept bottle, complete with presentation tube.…  More info

Dufftown 8 Year Old - 1980s
$175.76

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