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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.

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glenrothes

Sherry cask matured Glenrothes from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled February 2005 and disgorged from the single cask in December 2015, the outturn was 715 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$61.95

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)
$54.80

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
$274.88

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.10%
Balmenach

Released as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 17 year old Balmenach single malt which was drawn from a single cask! Said cask was filled in December…  More info

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$64.98

Glen Moray Elgin Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside, which has been treated to a finishing period in Sherry casks, giving it a generous helping of Speyside Sherried yumminess. Dig in.  More info

Glen Moray Elgin Classic
$28.95

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage

70cl, 46%
Speyside

As with SPEY's Royal Choice, this bottling celebrates the fact that when Lord Byron married Annabelle Millbanke in 1815 he gifted a barrel of whisky from the Speyside distillery to King George III.…  More info

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage
$99.96

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 54.30%
Glenfarclas

A single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Winter 2015 Release of their Family Cask series. It was distilled in 1967 and left to age in a Sherry butt until August…  More info

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$993.39

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
$17.87

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
$45.07

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old 35cl
1
$18.51

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Independently bottled Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as part of the Dimensions range, made to show off the multi-faceted…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$46.08

Aultmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11066) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.40%
Aultmore

Some rather inviting looking 25 year old Aultmore here! It was drawn from a single Sherry butt, which was filled in February 1990 and cracked open in February 2016. This was bottled as part of…  More info

Aultmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11066) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$270.12

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

70cl, 48%
Aberlour

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered
2
$45.77

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside…  More info

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation
$47.09

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from…  More info

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
3
$129.03

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Aultmore

An independently bottled 2007 vintage Aultmore single malt, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range. This is #02 in The Ten, which goes through intensity of flavour from #00 (the…  More info

Aultmore 2007 (bottled 2015) - The Ten #02 (La Maison du Whisky)
$41.39

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)
$123.88

Tormore 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Tormore

A 1997 vintage Tormore single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside, bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Tormore 1997 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$66.88

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
2
$42.34

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.80%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$181.05

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.50%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
$3429.20

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Elgin

A single cask whisky from Hunter Laing, who consciously uncoupled from Douglas Laing back in 2013. Glen Elgin is one of the signature malts of White Horse, but this whisky was allowed to mature for…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$107.50

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood, distill in June 1997 and bottled by Langside in 2016. part of the Distiller's Art range, it's been aged in a refill hogshead and bottled at natural cask strength without chill…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$83.23

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
$124.97

Glenburgie 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11218) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46.90%
Glenburgie

From Hunter Laing's classic Old Malt Cask range comes a 25 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled by Glenburgie in June 1989 and aged in…  More info

Glenburgie 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 11218) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
1
$109.67

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