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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.

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

Very, very well aged Glenfarclas single malt right here, from their brilliant Family Cask selection. This one was distilled all the way back in 1974 and left to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$838.46

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd, this Linkwood single cask whisky is 19 years old.  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1993 (cask 013904) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$94.23

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Distilled in March 1993, this Allt-á-Bhainne was bottled by Douglas Laing in December 2015. Matured in a single refill hogshead, 295 bottles were produced.  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1993 (cask 10991) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.06

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask looks back at the style of whisky the renowned distillery in Speyside used to create years and years ago, which was quite peaty…  More info

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
2
$99.06

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.60%
Glenfarclas

Ah, Glenfarclas Family Casks. Glorious whiskies. Dream whiskies. Here we have one distilled back in 1966 and bottled in December 2015 after almost half a century in a single Sherry butt! Part of the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4198) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1289.82

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)
$135.65

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 10715) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Longmorn

Released for the Douglas Laing Provenance range, this Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask for 11 years, from the summer of 2003 to the spring of 2015.  More info

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2003 (cask 10715) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$56.65

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2014 at 43% ABV. It comes presented in a bottle with a delightfully retro label - very neat!  More info

Longmorn 1999 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$65.65

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.60%
Glenrothes

An independent bottling of 27 year old Glenrothes malt whisky matured in a single cask from June 1988 to September 2015. Part of Gordon & Company's Golden Pearl range of well-aged malt whiskies, it…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)
$458.75

BenRiach 20 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

A Silver Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge a year prior, a superb 20 year old single malt from…  More info

BenRiach 20 Year Old
5
$74.14

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is a 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Macduff distillery, who release their expressions under than name Glen Deveron. It was originally released for the Travel Retail market as…  More info

Glen Deveron 30 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
$302.15

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1998 vintage Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, which was drawn from refill Sherry hogshead by the stalwart indie…  More info

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$54.80

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Quarter Casks

70cl, 42.40%
Glenfarclas

A special bottling taken from ten of the last remaining quarter casks at Glenfarclas. Incredibly, the youngest of these whiskies is 25 years old, with the entire maturation having taken place in the…  More info

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Quarter Casks
$386.05

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.40%
Strathmill

Though a lot of Strathmill's whisky has made its way into many famous blends over the years, indie bottlings are a good way to sample their single malt. Like this one, for example - 22 year old…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$89.36

Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood (20cl)

20cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 20cl bottling of Balvenie's excellent 12 Year Old DoubleWood, aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in European oak Sherry casks.  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood (20cl)
$18.18

Aromatic Orange Tobacco 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

All right, more Wemyss bottlings with very specific names! This one comes from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, distilled in 1988 and left to mature in a single butt. The cask was opened in…  More info

Aromatic Orange Tobacco 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$143.00

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

70cl, 48.40%
The 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)
$84.56

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

The first ever port-finished Tomintoul, this was aged for 12 years and the result is creamy, fruity and eminently quaffable.  More info

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish
3
$48.29

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
The Speyside

A Distiller's Art bottling of Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt for 21 years. The Speyside distillery filled said Sherry butt in October 1993 and it was bottled by…  More info

Speyside 21 Year Old 1993 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$95.16

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2451) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 51.20%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill, bottled by the brilliant Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. This Speyside single malt was distilled all the way back in 1991 and left to mature for 22 years before being bottled in…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2451) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$99.83

BenRiach 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 55.90%
BenRiach

Independently bottled BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill puncheon. This Speyside single malt was distilled in October 1989 and bottled in October 2014 with an outturn…  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$256.60

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.50%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Allt-á-Bhainne single malt, bottled by WM Cadenhead. This 22 year old Speyside whisky was distilled in 1992 and left to mature in bourbon barrels until 2015, when it was bottled for the Small Batch…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$80.77

Glenrothes Oldest Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

For the Glenrothes Oldest Reserve, the distillery in Speyside has combined well-aged whisky from a variety of years to create a rather special, exciting dram. The years are as follows: 1967, 1972,…  More info

Glenrothes Oldest Reserve
$240.07

BenRiach - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.90%
BenRiach

No monkeying around, the third batch of BenRiach bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is utterly bananas! If you're wondering why this chimp champ of a whisky is getting so many puns, it's…  More info

BenRiach - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$102.69

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.30%
Glenallachie

It's not very often you get to see Glenallachie as a single malt, so of course we went ahead and bottled some as part of our Single Cask Series! This is a 6 year old Glenallachie, matured in a refill…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$74.89

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