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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.

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the year 1999. In 2015, this Speysider whisky was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice collection.  More info

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.70

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Released as part of the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels, this is a 2005 vintage Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky. It was bottled in 2015 at 43% ABV, featuring retro-styled labels - we do love…  More info

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$43.81

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

70cl, 55.1%
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)
$119.48

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$143.69

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky distilled all the way back in 1952. This was matured in first fill Sherry casks. "The 1952 vintage Glen Grant has always been…  More info

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,257.24

Aultmore 2005 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Youthful Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky here, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range. This was distilled in 2005 and set aside to mature until 2016, when…  More info

Aultmore 2005 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$37.17

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
1
$47.31

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
$48.79

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.9%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$212.95

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Legend of Speyside range for the German market, this bottling of Sherry-cask-matured Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky honours the spring water at the core of spirit.…  More info

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside
$46.37

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
8
$165.04

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 49) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas which was a child of the '80s. This is a 1983 vintage single malt from the legendary distillery, aged in a refill hogshead until December 2014 when it was bottled at cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 49) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$618.49

Darkness! Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.7%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 23 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt finished for at least 6 months in specially coopered 50 litre ex-Oloroso Sherry cask. Fruity, nutty and rich!  More info

Darkness! Allt-á-Bhainne 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$111.75

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.1%
Miltonduff

Casks! Love a good cask, we do. In fact, you could say we celebrate them, just like Càrn Mòr do with the Celebration of the Cask indie bottling range. This particular bottling from that range is a 25…  More info

Miltonduff 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$150.14

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
$50.19

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11257) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach, distilled in February 2008 and bottled in May 2016. It was aged in a refill hogshead until Douglas Laing came along and bottled it for the Provenance…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11257) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$41.00

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 56.8%
Glentauchers

Bottled at cask strength, as the name of this Gordon & MacPhail range indicates, this Glentauchers was distilled in October 1998 and spent over 17 years in a refill Sherry cask.  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)
$77.73

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
$49.11

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 3452) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 56.4%
Glenfarclas

This Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling was distilled all the way back in 1986 and left to age in a refill Sherry butt until July 2016. 532 bottles of well-Sherried Speyside single malt was produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 3452) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$479.00

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 1822) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 47.1%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas, released as part of their Family Cask series. This incredibly dark Speyside single malt was distilled all the way back in 1959 and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 1822) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$3,554.51

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 51.8%
Imperial

Indie Imperial! This is a Mackillop's Choice bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask from December 1990 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 230 bottles.…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice
$238.56

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67820) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.3%
Glen Grant

An indie bottling of Glen Grant, aged for 20 years in a single hogshead! It was distilled in April 1996 and bottled in February 2017 by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask range. A release of…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 67820) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$119.48

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.5%
Tormore

A North Star Spirits bottling of 27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery. This was distilled in December 1988 and matured until October 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 200…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits
$126.59

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
$38.57

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.8%
Ardmore

Something very interesting here - a 10 year old peated Speysider! This Ardmore single malt was distilled 16th March 2006 and emerged from a single barrel on 11th May 2016. The outturn was 182 litres.  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$79.80

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