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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.

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

A heavily peated malt for a Speyside distillery, bottled at higher proof, Old Ballantruan is an unusually peated single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'
8
$36.13

The Deveron 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

From Macduff distillery, this is a single malt you may know as Glen Deveron, but a new range of expressions and new packaging in September 2015 also saw a change of name to The Deveron. This is the…  More info

The Deveron 12 Year Old
6
$34.38

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve is on the higher end of their Travel Retail range, made with well-matured single malt, most of which was aged in Spanish oak casks. An excellent expression,…  More info

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
$139.27

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 2015 addition to the Ardmore range - this 12 year old single malt was initially matured in American white oak bourbon casks before being transferred over to Port pipes for a finishing period. Its…  More info

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish
$47.81

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)
$39.41

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in…  More info

Glenglassaugh Torfa
3
$41.55

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.8%
Ardmore

Something very interesting here - a 10 year old peated Speysider! This Ardmore single malt was distilled 16th March 2006 and emerged from a single barrel on 11th May 2016. The outturn was 182 litres.  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$78.19

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2014)

70cl, 44.3%
Glenrothes

It's the second edition of Glenrothes 1992 vintage single malt! The first edition (released in 2004) was made with casks selected by previous Malt Master John Ramsey, though he also left some casks…  More info

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2014)
$165.28

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50.5%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1974 vintage single malt, drawn from a single 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in August 2015 for their Winter 2015 release, with 168…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 6049) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$774.38

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
$155.45

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 52.5%
Glen Elgin

Would you look at this - we got our hands on some lip-smacking 25 year old Glen Elgin single malt and bottled it up for our Single Cask Series! This one was distilled in February 1991 (a year before…  More info

Glen Elgin 25 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$151.22

Cragganmore 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Cragganmore

A 26 year old Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! It's their first batch of Cragganmore, and the label shows a blueprint of one of their…  More info

Cragganmore 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$163.74

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

A 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Balmenach 2008 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$35.54

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
$27.83

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.4%
Glenallachie

Sherried 7 year old Glenallachie, how often do you see that? This single malt has been finished in a small ex-Oloroso cask by the chaps at Darkness!  More info

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$62.55

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915

70cl, 60.4%
The Glenlivet

Another edition of Glenlivet's Nàdurra First Fill Selection, aged in first fill American white oak casks and bottled without any chill-filtration and at cask strength (a robust 604.% ABV). A great…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915
$41.16

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

70cl, 48%
BenRiach

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
10
$34.25

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak
3
$427.68

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 12 year old from the Tomintoul distillery. This was matured in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask
12
$35.68

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.3%
Glentauchers

An independent bottling of 21 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Gleann Mór for their A Rare Find range. 163 bottles were produced, bottled at…  More info

Glentauchers 21 Year Old 1994 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.11

Beinn Dubh 20 Year Old - Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

The Speyside distillery released this 20 year old limited edition expression of their Beinn Dubh single malt to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson…  More info

Beinn Dubh 20 Year Old - Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$203.24

Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d Family Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

On 8th June 1865 John Grant purchased Glenfarclas distillery for £511.19s.0d and it's still owned and run by the family today. This special Family Reserve bottling celebrates that quite remarkable…  More info

Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d Family Reserve
1
$86.37

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Legend of Speyside range for the German market, this bottling of Sherry-cask-matured Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky honours the spring water at the core of spirit.…  More info

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside
$42.60

Mortlach 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

Distilled at Mortlach in 1954 and aged for 54 years in sherry casks before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1,799.81

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 57.1%
Ardmore

A North Star Spirits independent bottling of 8 year old Ardmore single malt, distilled in June 2008 and bottled in October 2016. 198 bottles were produced - and they're rather handsome indeed! Top…  More info

Ardmore 8 Year Old 2008 - North Star Spirits
$66.71

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