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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.

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002

70cl, 43%
Knockando

Here's the 2002 vintage 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery. A very elegant Speysider, with plenty of fruit and cereal at its centre - a tasty aperitif single malt.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002
3
$36.43

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 59.7%
Macduff

A 12 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from August 2002 to July 2015 before being bottled at cask strength for Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range. 648 bottles were…  More info

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$79.05

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 45.6%
Glen Spey

A single cask Glen Spey single malt, distilled in 1988 and bottled at 26 years old by Bartels Whisky for the Highland Laird range. Yum yum yum...  More info

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$134.44

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.1%
Glenfarclas

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1993 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry butt. It joined the illustrious Family Cask range in Autumn 2014, after it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask  Autumn 2014 Release
$252.49

Longmorn 28 Year Old 1984 (cask 3213) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, selected by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range. The whisky matured in a sherry cask for 28 years before bottling.  More info

Longmorn 28 Year Old 1984 (cask 3213) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$179.75

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glendullan

A 2001 vintage single malt from the Glendullan distillery, independently bottled in 2014 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail and released as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range. We don't often seen…  More info

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$44.22

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.1%
The Glenlivet

A 19 year old single cask release from Glenlivet, which has been given the name Campdalemore after an old forest in the area.  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition
$258.54

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
2
$41.45

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 51.4%
Miltonduff

This is a single cask bottling of 19 year old Miltonduff single malt, presented as part of Hannah Whisky Merchant's Lady of the Glen range. This is a 1995 vintage Miltonduff, aged in a bourbon cask…  More info

Miltonduff 19 Year Old 1995 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$83.13

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks,…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l
1
$62.53

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%
Glenfarclas

From the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask range comes a 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt - cask #1, in fact! Ain't that somethin'! It was matured in said cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$238.25

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)
$37.89

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glen Spey

A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$47.45

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.2%
Tamnavulin

Tamnavulin single malt, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2016 by Malts of Scotland, an independent bottler in Germany. Drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, 162 bottles of this delicious whisky were…  More info

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland
$155.29

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.6%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1,446.82

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.1%
Glen Grant

25 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for some very special whiskies indeed. This one was distilled all the way…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11180) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$193.44

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$704.48

Glen Moray 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glen Moray - a long-running distillery in the Speyside region. A good portion of their whisky makes its way into some popular blends, though their single…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old
28
$32.65

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 48.9%
Benrinnes

A Gleann Mór bottling of 23 year old Benrinnes single malt, aged in a single cask from May 1993 to July 2016. Released as part of the A Rare Find range, bottled at cask strength with no…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1993 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$104.23

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.6%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1996 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was released as part of the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. 588…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$287.37

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 58.5%
Glenfarclas

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 release comes a 2000 vintage single malt which was matured in refill Sherry butt #4075 until August 2015. 650 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$206.58

Summer Breeze 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Linkwood)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Another wonderful Wemyss bottling here! This times it's a single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, aged in a hogshead cask from 1995 to 2015. As ever with these Wemyss bottlings, it's…  More info

Summer Breeze 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Linkwood)
$94.21

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

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
1
$40.13

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.7%
Glendullan

Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636…  More info

Glendullan 1995 - Managers Choice
$208.03

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This was drawn from a single refill hogshead which was home to the whisky from 2008 to 2015, after…  More info

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$38.03

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