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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.

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)
$630.84

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
$38.30

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather…  More info

Cragganmore 2000 (bottled 2013) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$60.00

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
$61.16

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
$192.33

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)
$325.25

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)
$395.75

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 60%
Craigellachie

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$65.19

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2000 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.70%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old, 2000 vintage, single cask Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor. This was bottled at natural cask strength for the Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for increased…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2000 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$64.89

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)
$65.09

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
18
$48.19

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)
$66.33

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)
$62.26

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)
$70.17

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
3
$88.99

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 52.20%
Craigellachie

This is an independently bottled Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a single Sherry butt. It was distilled back in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. A release of…  More info

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland
$137.42

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
$70.71

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$42.28

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
$302.25

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)
$45.99

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)
$38.84

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)
$38.84

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

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A 7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in a European oak quarter cask! It was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age for 7 years, until it was bottled in 2015 by the…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.96

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)
$49.79

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)
$47.28

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