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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.

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 5 year old Ardmore here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels which were laid down in 2011 and cracked open in 2016. It was bottled for the Strictly Limited range by Càrn Mòr with an outturn of 690…  More info

Ardmore 5 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.19

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$36.31

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Longmorn

A 21 year old Longmorn single malt, distilled in September 1992 and bottled in May 2014 by the chaps at Hunter Laing. A release of 285 bottles, presented as part of their excellent Old Malt Cask…  More info

Longmorn 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10427) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$86.05

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$78.90

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 55.9%
Mortlach

A single cask bottling of Mortlach single malt, distilled in 1998 and bottled by Signatory in 2016. Before it was bottled, it was finished in a Sherry cask for 58 months, imparting rich, sweet fruit…  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$164.63

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Distilled in 2000, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was botted in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$55.85

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement, and it comes at a punchy…  More info

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old
$47.76

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)

70cl, 46%
Glen Grant

Distilled at Glen Grant in 1995 and matured in a single cask for a couple of decades, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled those lovely people at Wemyss Malts.  More info

Arbor in Bloom 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glen Grant)
$91.36

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition commemorative bottling of Beinn Dubh single malt, produced to mark the return of the return of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum. A release of…  More info

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman
$52.56

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

Distilled in 2004, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky has enjoyed a finishing period in Port pipes to impart sweet, fruity notes to the Speyside whisky. It was bottled in 2016 as part of the…  More info

Cragganmore 2004 (bottled 2016) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$60.27

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glenlossie

The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$49.12

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$60.67

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Ardmore

15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Ardmore distillery, distilled in May 2000 and bottled in May 2015. It was matured in a single refill hogshead for that time, before said cask was…  More info

Ardmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10787) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.15

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004

70cl, 43%
Knockando

It's the 2004 vintage 12 year old expression from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. These expressions from Knockando are reliably tasty, affordable whiskies.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004
$34.22

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.5%
Glen Spey

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$69.02

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)
$89.28

Glenfarclas 29 Year Old 1986 Refill Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series V

70cl, 53.8%
Glenfarclas

This is the fifth release in the Glenfarclas Family Collector Series, which was drawn from a pair of refill Sherry butts that were filled in September 1986 and bottled in May 2016. These casks were…  More info

Glenfarclas 29 Year Old 1986 Refill Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series V
$557.56

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

70cl, 48.4%
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)
$80.36

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11536) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A richly smoky single malt from the Ardmore distillery, independently bottled by the wonderful Douglas Laing. This was distilled in July 2008 and left to mature in a refill barrel for 8 years, before…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11536) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.34

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
48
$37.99

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Initially matured in refill American oak barrels, this 17 year old from BenRiach spent a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
1
$68.61

Miltonduff 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

An independent bottling of Miltonduff, aged in a Sherry hogshead from 2009 to 2016. Following that 7 year maturation, this whisky was bottled by Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice range, with…  More info

Miltonduff 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.65

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43%
Speyside

Beinn Dubh (pronounced 'Ben doo' and meaning Black Mountain) is a thick, incredibly dark whisky produced at the Speyside distillery.  More info

Beinn Dubh The Black
4
$51.94

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

70cl, 48%
BenRiach

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
10
$37.76

Glenlossie 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

A Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glenlossie single malt, distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Glenlossie 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.34

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