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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.

The Glenrothes 2001

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

This edition of the Glenrothes range is their 2001 vintage single malt Scotch comes in the Speyside company's redesigned packaging. Ronnie Cox, the director at Berry Bros. & Rudd calls it…  More info

The Glenrothes 2001
6
$54.76

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
$45.45

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.2%
Tamnavulin

Tamnavulin single malt, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2016 by Malts of Scotland, an independent bottler in Germany. Drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, 162 bottles of this delicious whisky were…  More info

Tamnavulin 1993 (bottled 2016) (cask 16013) - Malts of Scotland
$154.08

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$57.74

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12827) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenburgie

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, independently bottled as part of the handsome First Editions range by Hunter Laing. This was distilled in 1998 and aged in a…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12827) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$79.79

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
$78.47

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)

35cl, 63.2%
Kininvie

Kininvie Special Release #1 sees three single casks from the distillery's inaugural run bottled for release (cask 8 released in Taiwan, cask 20 in Europe and cask 21 in the UK). In total, just 1,600…  More info

Kininvie 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 21) - 'The First Drops' (Special Release #1)
$428.81

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%
The Glenlivet

34 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in November 1981 and set aside to age until the chaps from Signatory came along and bottled it up…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$310.70

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2,585.10

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%
Dufftown

A single cask single malt from the Dufftown distillery, independently bottled by the chaps from Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. Hogshead #19501 was laid down in December 1997 and…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 19501) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$70.34

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$42.35

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
13
$102.16

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul. This was introduced to their range in 2002, two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old
4
$27.58

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.73

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.4%
Macduff

Oh, would you look at this - another excellent indie bottling from your favourite friends at Master of Malt! This one is an 18 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, distilled on the 13th…  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$121.96

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
11
$34.63

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Tomintoul have marked the fiftieth anniversary of spirit flowing from its stills with this stunning release composed of whiskies from each decade. Casks were chosen from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and…  More info

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary
$258.51

Inchgower 2002 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 2002 vintage Inchgower single malt, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015. A rather well-Sherried whisky from the sometimes overlooked Speyside-based…  More info

Inchgower 2002 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.06

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

Royal Brackla was the very first Scottish distillery to receive 'royal' status when, in 1833, it was bestowed upon them by King William IV. Most of the distillery's production goes into Dewar's…  More info

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old
1
$43.17

Benrinnes 15 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

A 'partially' triple-distilled Speysider, this single malt from the Benrinnes distillery was bottled at 15 years for the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
6
$51.97

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Mannochmore

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mannochmore distilled in 1994 - a phrase we like to say not only because it rhymes, but also because it means tasty Mannochmore whisky! This Connoisseurs Choice…  More info

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$72.18

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul, in a half bottle size.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 35cl
$16.80

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$61.99

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

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A delicious Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2004 and allowed to mature until 2016 before being bottled by the chaps at Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Dailuaine 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$41.74

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$132.14

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