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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.

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.10%
Benrinnes

Independently bottled Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled in September 1991 and bottled in February 2015 with an outturn of 247 bottles by…  More info

Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 510) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$123.38

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, aged in a single Sherry butt for 9 years. It was distilled in March 2007 and bottled in March 2016 by…  More info

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.61

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.10%
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
$253.72

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1282/1) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.80%
Glenglassaugh

Finished in a rum barrel, this 41 year old malt was distilled in January 1971 and bottled in September 2015 as part of Glenglassaugh's second batch of Rare Cask releases.  More info

Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1282/1) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$699.23

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Miltonduff

Marvellous Miltonduff single malt right here via Douglas Laing's Old Particular range! This indie single cask bottling features whisky distilled in June 2000, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled…  More info

Miltonduff 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10854) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$60.07

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A 1967 vintage(!) Tomintoul from Italian bottler Samaroli. Just 176 bottles were produced.  More info

Tomintoul 1967 (bottled 2014) (cask 5268) - Samaroli
$422.01

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows…  More info

Craigellachie 17 Year Old
3
$89.01

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 65.50%
Glenallachie

8 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 2007, matured in a Sherry butt and bottled in March 2016 by the excellent A.D. Rattray. 657 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$54.72

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
$191.27

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$302.31

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
3
$58.00

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A neat gift pack for the folks who love to enjoy whisky alongside food! This set contains a 70cl bottle of Knockando's 15 year old 1997 single malt, 4 glasses from which to enjoy the whisky and a…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$49.64

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old

70cl, 42.30%
Glen Elgin

A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info

Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
$823.01

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Box Set

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

This outstanding presentation box contains a 70cl bottle of Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, as well as a miniature of the rare and expensive 21 Year Old and the 25 Year Old Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Box Set
3
$62.62

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 65) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 58.20%
Speyside

Single cask single malt here from the Speyside distillery (in Speyside, obviously), which slumbered in a hogshead cask for 22 years. It was distilled in April 1994 and bottled in May 2016 at 58.2%…  More info

Speyside 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 65) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$106.26

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
$49.98

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood single malt, released for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection by Signatory. This 16 year old whisky was distilled in May 1999 and bottled in February 2016, being drawn from…  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$50.96

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (bottled 2016) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.30%
The Macallan

25 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky - yum! This was distilled by Macallan in May 1990 and allowed to matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, until January 2016. It…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (bottled 2016) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$678.55

SPEY 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Speyside

The 12 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky, from the Speyside Distillery in... Well, in Speyside. A flavoursome dram, with plenty of spice and rich hints of smoke within.  More info

SPEY 12 Year Old
$43.83

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

We do love some delicious Mortlach single malt! This is a bottling of "The Beast of Dufftown", matured for 8 years in a refill hogshead from November 2006 to November 2015, before being bottled at…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$49.57

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.50%
BenRiach

Introduced to the BenRiach range in late 2014, their 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky brings truck-loads of mouthwatering tropical fruit, dark chocolate, treacle and warming oak spice notes,…  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old
$493.80

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Speyside

21 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery in the eponymous Scottish whisky region, aged in a single Sherry butt from December 1993 to November 2015. Released as part of the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 12162) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$92.99

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

50cl, 50.60%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This is the second batch of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - you may otherwise know the distillery up in Speyside as 'Braes-of-Glenlivet'. Once again,…  More info

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$84.60

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glen Spey

A 1999 vintage Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1999 to February 2015. It was then bottled as part of the excellent Old Particular range by Douglas…  More info

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$59.74

Mortlach Special Strength

50cl, 49%
Mortlach

Mortlach Special Strength comes from the 2014 relaunch of Mortlach's range, though was originally released for the Travel Retail market. This has been bottled at 49% ABV, which brings out plenty of…  More info

Mortlach Special Strength
$83.44

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