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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 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)
$65.75

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
15
$50.93

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill butt for 14 years until it was bottled at 50% ABV. It was distilled…  More info

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.46

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Craigellachie

A single cask Craigellachie single malt packed with rich spice notes, presented by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This 15 year old Craigellachie was distilled in April 1999, left to…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$68.96

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Craigellachie

A Distiller's Art bottling of Craigellachie single malt, matured in one Sherry butt for 15 years. It was distilled in the futuristic-sounding year 1999 - in April, we might add, the most…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$71.44

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows…  More info

Craigellachie 17 Year Old
1
$98.37

Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1997 vintage Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in refill American hogshead and refill bourbon…  More info

Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$64.44

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Craigellachie

20 year old Craigellachie single malt, aged in a single Sherry butt from September 1995 to December 2015. This was then bottled at 51.5% ABV, with 314 bottles produced. Part of Douglas Laing's ace…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$84.62

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12112) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Indie Craigellachie, aged for 20 years in a single Sherry butt! This comes to us via the Old Malt Cask range from Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1995 and matured until November 2015,…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12112) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.17

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2008 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$46.83

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$400.97

Craigellachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900861) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 58%
Craigellachie

From A. D. Rattray's Cask Collection selection of independently bottled single malts comes a 6 year old Craigellachie, matured in a single Sherry cask from September 2008 to January 2015. 704 bottles…  More info

Craigellachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 900861) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$63.33

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)
$45.12

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provence (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) - Provence (Douglas Laing)
$43.01

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)
$43.01

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A very handsomely presented 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 2008 and bottled in 2016. This comes presented in gorgeous retro decanters - 367 were produced.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)
$55.14

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.10%
Craigellachie

A classic, meaty Craigellachie that perfectly showcases the distillery character, which is partly down to their use of traditional worm tub condensers. This single cask also exhibits impressive…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$85.16

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An independent bottling of 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two hogshead casks. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 725 bottles, presented by…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
1
$46.07

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)
$46.52

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
4
$63.71

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10778) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dailuaine

An 18 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon barrel from April 1997 to May 2015. It was bottled at 48.4% ABV by the wonderful chaps at Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Dailuaine 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10778) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$83.17

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Dailuaine from a single Sherry butt bottled at 7 years old by Douglas Laing in November 2015.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.70

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Sherry-butt-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, aged for 8 years before Langside bottled it for their Hepburn's Choice range. A release of 391 bottles.  More info

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.88

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Get stuck in to some delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in March 2007, matured for 9 years in a refill butt and…  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11103) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$43.01

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%
Glenrothes

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$166.73

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