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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.

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glentauchers

An 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glentauchers, a cracking distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling was distilled in December 1996 and set aside to mature in a single refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$64.06

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An interesting Inchgower here, which was "filled from a wine-finished hogshead"! It was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 8 years old in 2016 by the chaps at Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$42.43

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)

70cl, 46%
Strathisla

A cheeky little single cask Strathisla from Malt of The Earth - one of their first bottlings. Distilled in 2005, 418 bottles were produced at 46% in 2014 after 9 years in a refill hogshead. It will…  More info

Strathisla 9 Year Old 2005 (Malt of The Earth)
1
$60.57

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)
$66.19

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)
$38.94

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Inchgower

Indie Inchgower! This bottling of 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery was filled into its Sherry butt in September 1995, which was emptied in February 2016 and bottled…  More info

Inchgower 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.93

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52%
Glenlossie

It's the first batch of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label features a diagram of the onion-shaped stills that produce Glenlossie's whisky, but…  More info

Glenlossie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$121.19

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.50%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$818.17

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenglassaugh

An independent bottling of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson's The Malt Whisky Company. Having previously been Glenglassaugh's Managing Director, don't be surprised if this an absolute belter,…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$548.92

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)
$80.53

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
3
$90.33

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.20%
Macduff

A terrific Tantalus bottling of 45 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask #4458. It was distilled back in 1968 and matured for 2 score and 5 years (45 years if you're not Abraham…  More info

Macduff 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 4458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1384.97

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.93

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
The Speyside

A rich, chocolatey Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing. For 18 years, from April 1996 to September 2014, this whisky matured in a refill butt, developing depth…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10441) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.10

BenRiach 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 55.90%
BenRiach

Independently bottled BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill puncheon. This Speyside single malt was distilled in October 1989 and bottled in October 2014 with an outturn…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$233.97

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

A single cask bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This vanilla rich, citrus fuelled dram was distilled by Tamdhu in the Speyside…  More info

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.15

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
8
$36.92

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 43.90%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the second batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh distillery, this extraordinary 40 year old malt was and finished in a single Massandra Madeira puncheon hand selected by Billy Walker…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$622.77

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
$45.18

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.10%
Glen Spey

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$111.23

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming, this is a great 16 year old from Tomintoul. This is a half bottle - perfect for when a full bottle isn't required!  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl
$23.85

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.10%
BenRiach

19 year old single malt from a well loved Speyside distillery - BenRiach! This one was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. 558 bottles were produced.  More info

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$68.77

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

50cl, 51.40%
Tormore

Well if it isn't a new-look batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Tormore single malt. The distillery lies in Speyside, on the edge of Cairngorms National Park which is home to some of Britain’s…  More info

Tormore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$94.73

Glenallachie 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 0940) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, aged in a refill Sherry cask for 23 years. It was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013 by The Vintage Malt Whisky…  More info

Glenallachie 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 0940) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$87.07

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.20%
Allt-á-Bhainne

"Pack it up, pack it in, Let me begin, I came to win Battle me that's a sin, I won't tear the sack up, Punk you'd better back up, Try and play the role and the whole crew will act up!" The…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$53.95

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