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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 15 Year Old Box Set

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

This outstanding presentation box contains a 70cl bottle of Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, as well as a miniature of the rare and expensive 21 Year Old and the 25 Year Old Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Box Set
3
$69.01

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.10%
Tamdhu

A new release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, presented by la Maison Du Whisky as part of their The Ten range. This one is #08 - the range goes from #00 to #10, with their…  More info

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$66.56

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Strathmill

A rare bottling from the now discontinued, and beautifully packaged, Flora and Fauna range. This 12 year old was distilled at the Speyside based Strathmill distillery.  More info

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
1
$53.49

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)
$302.91

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$45.23

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Port-cask-finished Benrinnes single malt, bottled at 18 years old by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coppers Choice range. It was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV, with a…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.73

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.70%
Aberlour

Ooh, an indie Aberlour! Don't see many of these, do you? This was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range, drawn from a single Sherry butt which matured the whisky from November…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10953) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$215.44

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old - Rare Oak

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich 25 Year Old Rare Oak was originally released for the Travel Retail market. It's drawn from a mixture of Spanish Sherry butts and American bourbon barrels, resulting in a rich, complex…  More info

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old - Rare Oak
3
$722.10

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
10
$119.71

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
$49.63

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)
$78.84

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. One fateful day in January 1993, cask #10585 was filled with the Strathmill spirit, which matured…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$106.68

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
$50.59

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
$32.26

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
$64.62

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.60%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This is the second batch of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - you may otherwise know the distillery up in Speyside as 'Braes-of-Glenlivet'. Once again,…  More info

Braeval - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$93.23

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
$57.16

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5242) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

19 year old Glenallachie single malt bottled by Signatory from a single cask. Distilled on 17th October 1996 and bottled 3rd December 2015 with an outturn of 267 bottles at 43% abv.  More info

Glenallachie 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 5242) (Signatory)
1
$45.87

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released as a Travel Retail exclusive alongside two other Glenfiddich Cask Collection bottlings, the Reserve Cask focusses on the Sherried side of this Speyside distillery's output. This rich,…  More info

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask 1l
3
$63.92

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Inchgower

Matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, this Inchgower was distilled in October 1989 and bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 294 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$129.67

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.20%
Glenfarclas

A 1977 vintage single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of their renowned Family Cask range. This particular bottling was matured in a refill butt cask from 1977 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$438.21

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One

70cl, 45.90%
Balvenie

One of five highly collectible bottles from the first chapter of the Balvenie DCS Compendium - in fact, this is the oldest whisky in Chapter One; a 46 year old single malt Scotch whisky, set aside to…  More info

Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
1
$23021.82

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt, bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice indie bottling range! Interestingly, this whisky (which was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015) was allowed a…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.90

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)
$43.56

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

50cl, 47.90%
Glenrothes

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky features the Rothes Cemetery (which is next door to the distillery), with its gravestones turning black from the…  More info

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$96.87

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