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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.

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.10%
Glen Grant

A 16 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest independent bottlers in Scotland. 504 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$68.36

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.10%
Glenburgie

The second batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived. The label shows a giant searching the Glenburgie distillery for…  More info

Glenburgie - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$77.10

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.60%
Glendullan

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glendullan, one of the number of distilleries in Dufftown. This was distilled back in 1996 and aged in bourbon hogsheads for 18 years until 2015,…  More info

Glendullan 18 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$60.38

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.80%
Glenfarclas

Distilled back in November 1956 and matured in a single Sherry hogshead before being bottled in 2015. The outturn was just 151 exquisite bottles. "butterscotch, ulmo honey and Black Jack candy...…  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3678.08

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 10578) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.50%
Glenrothes

43 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky? Good Heavens, who could say no to that? Distilled in 1970, this whisky has had an incredibly long maturation, so it's only fair that it's been…  More info

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1970 (cask 10578) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1317.18

Benromach Vintage - 1976

70cl, 46%
Benromach

An impressively aged Benromach distilled in 1976 before a maturation period spent in the finest Sherry casks. Fruit-rich with mocha notes this is splendid stuff, bottled in 2012.  More info

Benromach Vintage - 1976
$544.53

SPEY Royal Choice

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

In 1815, when Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall, he gave a cask of 'SPEY' whisky to King George III as a gift. The royal connection to SPEY whisky has continued in other ways,…  More info

SPEY Royal Choice
$165.34

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.60%
The Glenlivet

Another official single cask bottling from The Glenlivet named after one of the farms in the Livet valley, Ladderfoot spent its 16 year maturation period in a Sherry butt (cask 120960).  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition
$203.79

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
21
$34.54

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

70cl, 48%
Tormore

A lovely gift pack containing two tasting glasses as well as a bottle of Tormore 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at a…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses
$80.94

Glen Elgin 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

A 23 year old Glen Elgin single malt from WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range of independent bottlings. Distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 it's taken on an incredible colour for a bourbon cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$75.58

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the "River of Milk" - Allt-à-Bhainne! It was distilled in 2008, aged in a single refill hogshead and eventually bottled by Langside in 2016 for…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.11

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Fancy some Sherry-butt matured single malt from the Inchgower distillery in Speyside? Well Hunter Laing can make that a reality with this Old Malt Cask bottling of 19 Year Old Inchgower, matured in a…  More info

Inchgower 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11402) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$83.54

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally release for the Travel Retail market, the Ardmore Tradition is a peated single malt which is initially aged in American oak barrels before being transferred over to quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Tradition 1l
$51.55

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$62.22

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 85138) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

A single cask release from Berry Brothers & Rudd, who have bottled a rather splendid 18 year old single malt from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 85138) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$93.45

Strathmill - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.10%
Strathmill

This is That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second batch of independently bottled Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky. Strathmill was once a porridge oats mill, and was also owned by W. & A. Gilbey…  More info

Strathmill - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$101.35

Mortlach 25 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%
Mortlach

The oldest expression from the 2014 release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whiskies is their 25 Year Old. Mortlach use whisky matured mostly in refill American oak casks, aged for a quarter of a…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old
1
$673.23

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.10%
Glen Moray

Yet another new addition to That Boutique-y Whisky Company's ever growing range - Batch 1 of their Glen Moray! The label depicts the River Lossie spectacularly bursting its banks, flooding the…  More info

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$71.60

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$140.85

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A old bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky labelled as 'Pure Malt' decades ago.  More info

Glenfiddich Special Reserve Pure Malt (Old Bottling)
$145.17

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.40%
Strathmill

Though a lot of Strathmill's whisky has made its way into many famous blends over the years, indie bottlings are a good way to sample their single malt. Like this one, for example - 22 year old…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$81.48

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.90%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$88.12

Glen Moray Classic Peated

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Peated
2
$29.15

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 35cl bottling of the classic Glenfarclas 12 Year Old. As you'd expect from the renowned distillery in Speyside, this one is packed to the brim with spectacular Sherried, dried fruit notes all the…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl
1
$18.97

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