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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.

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is a 7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, released by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range, which come presented in handsome decanters! Wouldn't look out of place on the drinks…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$68.25

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
$54.76

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A Classic Malts & Food gift pack, containing a 70cl bottle of Knockando 18 Year Old along with 2 tasting glasses and a recipe booklet, which should help inspire you with pairing the whisky and some…  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$65.22

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)
$97.22

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released as a Travel Retail exclusive alongside two other Glenfiddich Cask Collection bottlings, the Reserve Cask focusses on the Sherried side of this Speyside distillery's output. This rich,…  More info

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask 1l
4
$57.01

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this is an 11 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt, until 2014, when it was…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.26

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)
$80.26

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old

70cl, 42.50%
Glenglassaugh

Introduced to the Glenglassaugh core range in 2013, the 40 year old single malt from the distillery in Portsoy is specially selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker and exemplifies the tremendous…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old
$1294.36

Strathisla 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail) 43%

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

The slightly higher strength 1963 vintage from Strathisla, bottled by the Elgin based Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Strathisla 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail) 43%
$822.68

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)
1
$65.21

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A excellent chance to enjoy some excitingly well matured single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. It was distilled all the way back in 1951 and left to mature in a single…  More info

Glen Grant 1951 (bottled 2011) (cask 3198) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2615.52

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 3446) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.40%
Glenlossie

This is a Signatory Cask Strength Collection bottling of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead which was filled in November 1992 and bottled in January 2015. 266 bottles…  More info

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 3446) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$93.55

Glenburgie 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 40%
Glenburgie

A half bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in Speyside. This was aged in refill sherry hogsheads and butts.  More info

Glenburgie 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$13.98

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of 6 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Octave range. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 after spending a finishing period in a…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$52.27

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$60.35

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)
$319.78

Glenglassaugh 40 year Old 1972 (cask R13/08/01) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 43.10%
Glenglassaugh

A Càrn Mòr bottling of Glenglassaugh, distilled in December 1972, long before the distillery closed for over 20 years in 1986. During that tumultuous time for Glenglassaugh, this whisky slumbered in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 year Old 1972 (cask R13/08/01) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
1
$464.59

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.30%
Aberlour

This is a WM Cadenhead bottling of 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aberlour distillery, matured in bourbon casks from 2000 to 2015. It was bottled at 54.3% ABV with an outturn of 234…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$68.05

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)

70cl, 57%
Dailuaine

An independently bottled Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1996 and aged in a single cask for 19 years before being bottled by Scotland Grindlay. 236 cask strength bottles were…  More info

Dailuaine 19 Year Old 1996 (Scotland Grindlay)
$121.28

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.80%
Glenfarclas

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, released as part of their Spring 2015 Family Cask release. It was left to age in a single Sherry hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$248.47

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Benrinnes

This is a 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one refill hogshead which housed the whisky from April 1996 to June 2016. This has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range,…  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11200) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$87.49

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish

70cl, 44.50%
Glenglassaugh

Aged for over four decades, this Glenglassaugh single malt is certainly well matured. It sits at 41 years of age, including a finishing period in a Sherry puncheon from the Massandra winery, which…  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 - The Massandra Connection - Sherry Wood Finish
$594.38

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.50%
Knockando

A rich, darkly sherried Knockando from the Managers Choice series. This official bottling was distilled in 1996 and aged for 12 years in (presumably first fill!) sherry cask #800790 before bottling…  More info

Knockando 1996 - Managers Choice
1
$188.01

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

70cl, 56.70%
Inchgower

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of Inchgower single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead for 25 years. It was distilled way back in October 1989 and left to age until October 2014,…  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989  - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$243.88

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A 9 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Cooper's Choice range by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was distilled in 2006 and left to age in a bourbon cask until…  More info

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$52.64

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