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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.

Benromach 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Benromach

Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon…  More info

Benromach 5 Year Old
$32.62

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)
$15.85

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.60%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask R1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$1700.69

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Allt-á-Bhainne

This is an independent bottling of Allt-à-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead from November 1995. It was independently bottled at 18 years old by Langside for their…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1995 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$86.13

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$56.14

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.50%
Mortlach

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$138.02

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.40%
Longmorn

From top London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd comes this stunning single cask Longmorn, distilled in 1997 and aged for 14 years in cask 163310 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask…  More info

Longmorn 1997 (cask 163310) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$62.64

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.50%
Mortlach

Run for your lives, it's the Beast of Dufftown!!! Fortunately (despite the terrifying creature adorning the label of this first batch of Boutique-y Mortlach) it's actually the whisky itself that's…  More info

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$112.64

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)

70cl, 54.60%
Longmorn

A 25 year old single malt from the Longmorn distillery in the Speyside region, matured in bourbon casks from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead with an ABV…  More info

Longmorn 25 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenehead)
$111.69

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing (and outstanding) distillery.  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$65.33

Aberlour 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) - The Maltman

70cl, 49.10%
Aberlour

From the ace Aberlour distillery comes a 22 year old single cask single malt, distilled in November 1992, aged in a Sherry cask and bottled in April 2015. It was bottled by The Maltman, with 241…  More info

Aberlour 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) - The Maltman
$86.47

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

This is Mortlach was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This whisky is bottled at 46%abv without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$97.61

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

70cl, 58.50%
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)
$81.13

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A 7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in a European oak quarter cask! It was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age for 7 years, until it was bottled in 2015 by the…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.26

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.70%
Balmenach

26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Balmenach, a distillery that was founded in 1824 but is probably better known for Caorunn gin (only produced since 2009) than whisky as it's all too rarely…  More info

Balmenach 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 3239) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$122.69

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

70cl, 50%
The 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)
$103.61

Tormore 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Tormore

In 2014, the Tormore distillery in Speyside released this 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky (as well as a 14 year old expression). It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old
2
$78.16

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 47.80%
Tormore

A bottling of Tormore single malt whisky, distilled in 1988, a year before the distillery was acquired by Allied Domecq in 1989. This 27 year old whisky has been bottled as part of the Mackillop's…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice
$174.39

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.10%
Aultmore

A very well-aged Aultmore from respected bottler Mackillop's. Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Speyside on the 4th of September 1990 and bottled from cask number 5199 in April 2013.  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice
$139.23

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
$470.18

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.80%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery in the Speyside region. The whisky was distilled in 1987 and matured for 26 years before it was bottled for their…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$161.38

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
Glentauchers

A 6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 by Duncan Taylor. This has been released as part of their Octave series, and as such, this whisky was given…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$60.51

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.56

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A rare 1970s bottling of 8 Year Old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Great for collectors, whisky enthusiasts or time travellers.  More info

Glenfiddich 8 Year Old 75.7cl - 1970s
$176.41

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 3170) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.30%
Glenglassaugh

A stunning 39 year old single malt from Glenglassaugh, a distillery that was of course closed from 1985 through to 2005. Finished in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry hogshead, just 205 bottles were filled in…  More info

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 3170) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
$611.29

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