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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.

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10825) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

An independently bottled Allt-à-Bhainne single malt, matured in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and left to age in a refill hogshead until August 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10825) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$82.25

Miltonduff 34 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.8%
Miltonduff

Very well-aged Miltonduff single malt here, bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old & Rare Platinum range. This was distilled in June 1982, matured in a refill hogshead cask and bottled 34 years later in…  More info

Miltonduff 34 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$333.99

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

7 year old single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, matured in but one single refill hogshead. It was distilled in the autumn of 2007 (a year after the distillery increased its number of still…  More info

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.94

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016, presented in bottled with wonderfully retro labels...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail
$52.66

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,058.01

The Ardmore Legacy

70cl, 40%
Ardmore

Released in 2014 to take the place of the Ardmore Traditional, the Legacy brings a lightly-peated, wood spice-led flavour profile to the table. At its core, the Ardmore Legacy is made with 80% peated…  More info

The Ardmore Legacy
26
$33.09

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glen Grant 1955 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,718.29

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

A 17 year old Glenlossie, drawn from a bourbon cask and bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. as part of their Cooper's Choice range. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, with only 300…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 7066) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$86.56

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old Authenticus Peated
6
$209.52

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.6%
Glen Grant

A classic Speyside distillery, Glen Grant have been producing whisky since 1840! This Mackillop's Choice bottling features whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in June 1989 and…  More info

Glen Grant 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 11085) - Mackillop's Choice
$166.20

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This single malt Scotch whisky came from the Aultmore distillery in Speyside by way of Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 2000 and aged in a combination of…  More info

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$52.42

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.53

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$62.41

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Glen Grant

A release of 426 bottles of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt matured in a single cask and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range in October 2014.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$124.41

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.93

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

Càrn Mòr's Strictly Limited range is made up of independent bottlings of single malt whiskies taken from two single casks and bottled at 46% abv. In this case, the spirit was distilled at…  More info

Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1996 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$70.19

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 48.1%
Glenfarclas

Drinks by the Dram have introduced an Advent Calendar filled with Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whiskies for 2016! A legend of the Speyside region, the Glenfarclas distillery is well known for their…  More info

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
1
$415.68

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenlossie

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery, matured for 17 years in a single refill hogshead cask. It was distilled back in November 1997 and bottled by Douglas…  More info

Glenlossie 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10861) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.72

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.51

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
$201.01

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Glen Moray

This is a 21 year old Glen moray, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by Hunter laing for their First Editions range, presented in bottles designed to evoke classic literature. 245 bottles were…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12306) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
1
$86.09

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 304709) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Benrinnes

Independently bottled Benrinnes single malt, aged for 15 years in a single cask before being bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore). It was distilled in May 2001…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 304709) - The Single Cask
$76.63

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)
$61.54

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 6 year old Inchgower, distilled in 2009 at their distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2016 by Douglas Laing for their beautiful premier Barrel range, presented in traditionally-styled…  More info

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$45.27

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

The Glenfarclas 105, which is a 10 year old high strength Glenfarclas, is one of the greatest everyday whiskies. If any criticism could be levelled at it, it might be that it doesn't have an enough…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 20 Year Old
3
$326.08

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