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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.

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11583) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Speyside

Yet another yummy indie bottling from Doulgas Laing and their Old Particular range - this one featuring single malt Scotch whisky from the Speyside distillery. It was distilled in December 2000 and…  More info

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11583) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$56.13

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A combination of ten vintages from Glenrothes, using whiskies that are said to some of the finest examples of their individual vintages. The first release was made up of whiskies from 1989 (said to…  More info

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
3
$42.27

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.2%
Strathisla

This is a 45 year old Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Tantalus range by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1968 and matured in cask #3357 for over four decades, before…  More info

Strathisla 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3357) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,471.66

SPEY 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%
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
1
$80.49

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 distillery. Bottled in batches…  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
1
$57.85

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 35cl bottling of the classic Glenfarclas 12 Year Old. As you'd expect from the renowned distillery in Speyside, this one is packed to the brim with spectacular Sherried, dried fruit notes all the…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl
1
$18.49

Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1976 (bottled 2013)

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

The 2013 bottling of Tomintoul's stupendous 1976 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, distilled two years after the number of still at Tomintoul doubled, from two to four. The 2007 bottling of the 1976…  More info

Tomintoul 36 Year Old 1976 (bottled 2013)
1
$300.84

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition presentation of Beinn Dubh single malt from the Speyside distillery, presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson rally…  More info

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$61.56

Glen Moray Classic

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.  More info

Glen Moray Classic
78
$24.13

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.6%
The Glenlivet

Another official single cask bottling from The Glenlivet named after one of the farms in the Livet valley, Ladderfoot spent its 16 year maturation period in a Sherry butt (cask 120960).  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition
$193.42

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glendullan

From the Glendullan distillery comes this 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky, by way of the Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies, produced by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back…  More info

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$63.59

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.8%
Mortlach

An Xtra Old particular bottling of 26 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a sinle refill hogshead. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 1989, and eventually bottled in…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$278.85

Cardhu Gold Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu is the latest Diageo distillery to have a little core range shake up with the launch of a no age statement single malt (or two). Created using hand-picked toasted oak casks, Cardhu Gold…  More info

Cardhu Gold Reserve
15
$50.65

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 9248) - Ibisco Decanter (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A handsome Ibisco decanter filled with 19 year old Glenrothes! This is an independent bottling of single cask single malt from the Speyside-based distilled from Signatory.  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 9248) - Ibisco Decanter (Signatory)
$73.96

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

Matured in a single Sherry butt, this Braeval (or Braes of Glenlivet, as you may know it) was bottled in early 2016 by Hunter Laing as part of their Distiller's Art range. The outturn was 438 bottles.  More info

Braeval 13 Year Old 2002 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$62.56

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A 15 year old 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. It has been matured in a combination of Sherry and refill bourbon casks. Knockando whisky is one of the…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997
$54.20

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Benrinnes

A 20 year old Benrinnes single malt, drawn from one hogshead cask. Said cask was filled in June 1995 and eventually bottled in January 2016 by the chaps from Signatory - a release of 293 bottles.  More info

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 5894) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$80.91

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7538) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.7%
Linkwood

Another entry in the whisky-bottle-selection-shaped compendium known as the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory - this time they've bottled a 19 year old Linkwood single malt, aged in a hogshead…  More info

Linkwood 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 7538) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$96.59

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)
$41.63

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Amazingly, this 10 year old Glen Moray was matured for its entire ageing period in chardonnay casks! Rich and surprisingly sweet and buttery, a fabulous little whisky…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay
15
$28.29

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004

70cl, 43%
Knockando

It's the 2004 vintage 12 year old expression from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. These expressions from Knockando are reliably tasty, affordable whiskies.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2004
$35.28

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
14
$112.60

Tormore 28 Year Old 1988 (cask 15541 & 15542) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.1%
Tormore

A Signatory Cask Strength Collection bottling of 28 year old Tormore single malt, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were laid down back in December 1988 and cracked open in January 2017. 335…  More info

Tormore 28 Year Old 1988 (cask 15541 & 15542) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$119.54

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
1
$64.43

Speyside 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 940) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 62.5%
Speyside

A Càrn Mòr bottling of single malt from the Speyside distillery in the eponymous region, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in November 1991 and aged for 25 years (also known as…  More info

Speyside 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 940) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$130.63

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