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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.

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Single cask Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in December 1997 and left to age in said Sherry butt until February 2016, when it was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
1
$79.58

Tomintoul 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10780) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Tomintoul

20 year old single malt from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in a refill hogshead from May 1995 to May 2015. Following it's maturation, it was bottled by the folks at Douglas Laing for their Old…  More info

Tomintoul 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10780) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.78

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

50cl, 49.6%
Macduff

The second batch of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company yet again sees a scene not seen in one of Shakespeare's most famous plays on its label.…  More info

Macduff - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$94.27

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

9 Year Old single malt from Speyside's Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, bottled by langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2006, left to mature in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.38

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
$202.70

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill barrel from June 2008 and bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2016.  More info

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$40.45

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1973 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 43.9%
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)
$521.93

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.6%
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
$193.77

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

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a Rosé-wine-finished refill hogshead. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled by Langside in 2016 for their Hepburn's Choice range - 373…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)
$43.39

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 4675) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

This is a rather handsome independent bottling of 23 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask. It was distilled in May 1991 and left to age until January 2015, when it…  More info

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 4675) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$110.31

SPEY Royal Choice

70cl, 46%
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
$157.21

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
$156.16

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from…  More info

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
1
$122.99

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

15 year old whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, finish in Port casks to impart some sweet, juicy, fragrant notes to the Speyside single malt. Ace.  More info

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish
1
$69.30

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)
$37.03

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 57.2%
Craigellachie

Distilled 26th February 2004, this Craigellachie single malt was bottled over 12 years later on 10th August 2016 with 233 bottles produced from a single cask.  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$68.61

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.8%
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
$4,178.06

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally released 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
$49.58

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
25
$32.31

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10992) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An 8 year old Inchgower, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range (which was treated to a redesign in early 2016). This was distilled in September 2007 and left to age in a refill hoggie…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10992) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$38.84

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, matured in a single butt cask from 1988 to 2015, and was then bottled by Wemyss Malts. They've given it a name based on its flavour profile and inspired…  More info

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$139.24

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 45.2%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas Family Cask Releases are something very special indeed, and they just keep coming! This stunning 1960 vintage, from a single cask that had an outturn of just 194 bottles, was disgorged on…  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$4,178.60

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenallachie

A 1999 vintage Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. It was distilled back in March 1999 and set aside to mature in a single refill Sherry…  More info

Glenallachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10707) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$58.15

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl
1
$17.64

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.4%
Strathmill

It's not just an Old Particular, it's an Xtra Old Particular! This is a 25 year old single malt from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside, matured in one refill hogshead from December 1990 to…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11068) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$131.59

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