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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.

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

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
$50.22

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.90%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$306.26

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

Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$3062.60

Tormore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tormore

A delightful little 12 year old dram from the Speyside distillery, Tormore.  More info

Tormore 12 Year Old
11
$48.94

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.10%
BenRiach

19 year old single malt from a well loved Speyside distillery - BenRiach! This one was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. 558 bottles were produced.  More info

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$76.43

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This is an independently bottled Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in the year 1998 and bottled for the…  More info

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$58.49

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.70%
Glentauchers

Duncan Taylor bottled this 21 year old Glentauchers for their Dimensions range, which has more dimensions than a 3D video game character falling through multiple parallel universes while wearing 3D…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 6045) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$135.77

Glen Moray Classic Peated

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty…  More info

Glen Moray Classic Peated
2
$32.40

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tamdhu

A nice teenage Tamdhu from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 328 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.61

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

Aged in two consecutive hogsheads until February 2016, this is an independent bottling of Benrinnes single malt.  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 3008 & 3009) (Signatory)
$49.19

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection

100cl, 40%
Macduff

16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Deveron range, which is the name that Macduff use for their official bottlings. This was originally release for the Travel Retail market, alongside…  More info

Glen Deveron 16 Year Old - Royal Burgh Collection
5
$63.96

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.60%
Glen Keith

There's only a short window of opportunity where a whisky can say that it was distilled whilst Gangsta's Paradise sat atop the UK charts. Fortunately, 8th November 1995 sits within that window and…  More info

Glen Keith 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$115.09

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A tasty indie Mortlach here, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It's an 8 year old single malt from the "Beast of Dufftown", matured in a refill hogshead from February 2008 to…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.59

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info

Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$2995.23

SPEY Tenné

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The SPEY Tenné is a single malt from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh. It is initially aged in bourbon casks before enjoying a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks,…  More info

SPEY Tenné
2
$44.04

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$51.25

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$100.54

SPEY 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
The Speyside

The 12 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky, from the Speyside Distillery in... Well, in Speyside. A flavoursome dram, with plenty of spice and rich hints of smoke within.  More info

SPEY 12 Year Old
$48.84

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

From the Distiller's Art range comes a 15 year old Langside single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill butt. It was distilled by Longmorn in November 1999 and bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$78.19

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
$92.97

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.40%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$103.99

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