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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.

Glen Elgin 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

A 23 year old Glen Elgin single malt from WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range of independent bottlings. Distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 it's taken on an incredible colour for a bourbon cask…  More info

Glen Elgin 23 Year Old 1991 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$83.11

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A very handsomely presented 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 2008 and bottled in 2016. This comes presented in gorgeous retro decanters - 367 were produced.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)
$54.89

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.90%
Glenfarclas

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
11
$16963.11

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

11 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back in spring 2004 and set aside to mature in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$53.93

Benrinnes 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10709) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57%
Benrinnes

Distilled at Benrinnes in October 1994, Douglas Laing chose to bottle it in February 2015 as part of their 'extra old' Old Particular range extension.  More info

Benrinnes 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10709) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$314.52

The Deveron 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

This is The Deveron 18 Year Old, launched in September 2015 (alongside a 12 Year Old expression, too). This relaunch came complete with new frosted glass bottles and 'The' at the start of its name.  More info

The Deveron 18 Year Old
$66.60

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 6 year old Inchgower, distilled in 2009 at their distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2016 by Douglas Laing for their beautiful premier Barrel range, presented in traditionally-styled…  More info

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$52.80

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
$99.33

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
$48.32

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Dufftown

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June…  More info

Dufftown 17 Year Old 1997 (casks 19496 + 19497) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$88.86

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire
12
$44.64

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.80%
Glenfarclas

A 1978 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, presented as part of the Winter 2015 release of their Family Cask series. This was matured in a 4th fill hogshead from 1978 until August 2015, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$505.40

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
$54.53

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

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail. This particular bottling features whisky distilled by Macduff in the…  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.73

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A 9 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Cooper's Choice range by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was distilled in 2006 and left to age in a bourbon cask until…  More info

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$59.04

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.70%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1297.52

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)
$84.91

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the "River of Milk" - Allt-à-Bhainne! It was distilled in 2008, aged in a single refill hogshead and eventually bottled by Langside in 2016 for…  More info

Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.70

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection

70cl, 51.80%
Glenfiddich

An official single cask bottling from Glenfiddich, hand selected by Brian Kinsman for the Rare Collection. The single American oak hogshead was filled on 13th April 1979 and bottled on 18th August…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection
$2242.36

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.80%
Glen Moray

A WM Cadenhead bottling of Glen Moray single malt, matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads for 17 years - from 1998 to 2015. This is a release of 504 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 17 Year Old 1998 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$80.06

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

The elegantly presented 18 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky comes from the Speyside Distillery. It's matured in Sherry casks, giving it a good dose of those sweet, spiced notes which are so…  More info

SPEY 18 Year Old
$90.79

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mannochmore

The Mannochmore edition from the Flora and Fauna range. The series is a great showcase of mid-aged malts, this offers loads of character.  More info

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$54.22

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The Cragganmore Distillers Editions spend a finishing period in casks that previously held Port wine, adding extra fruitiness to the whisky. The 2015 release was distilled in 2003.  More info

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$67.58

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.90%
Glenfarclas

From the Spring 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range comes a 1992 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in a single butt cask until December 2014. It's presented at…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$293.84

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.30%
Aberlour

This is a WM Cadenhead bottling of 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aberlour distillery, matured in bourbon casks from 2000 to 2015. It was bottled at 54.3% ABV with an outturn of 234…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$76.32

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