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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.

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.2%
Mortlach

This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel from March 2008 to September 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$90.79

Aberlour 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51%
Aberlour

The excellent Mash Tun whisky bar and hotel in Aberlour proudly features on the label of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Aberlour single malts, which from now on will also feature age statements. As…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$100.72

BenRiach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Launched in April 2015, the release of BenRiach 10 Year Old marks a milestone in The BenRiach Distillery Company's ownership. For the first time we have a core bottling created predominantly with…  More info

BenRiach 10 Year Old
9
$33.36

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ooh, it looks like The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.'s Cooper's Choice range has had a redesign - very stylish indeed! This is a single cask bottling of heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky from the…  More info

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$49.59

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
10
$37.12

BenRiach 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3111) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43.1%
BenRiach

A Tawny Port Cask finished BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1977 and bottled in June 2016 at 38 years old! This has been released as part of their 13th batch of single cask…  More info

BenRiach 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3111) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$585.55

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

70cl, 45.1%
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)
$63.83

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
$787.39

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
$43.45

The Ardmore Legacy

70cl, 40%
Ardmore

Released in 2014 to take the place of the Ardmore Traditional, the Legacy brings a lightly-peated, wood spice-led flavour profile to the table. At its core, the Ardmore Legacy is made with 80% peated…  More info

The Ardmore Legacy
21
$33.24

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
5
$34.95

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6184 & 6185) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

An independent bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that were home to said whisky for 17 years. These casks were laid down by the distillery in Speyside…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6184 & 6185) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.16

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenallachie

It's not very often you get to see Glenallachie as a single malt, so of course we went ahead and bottled some as part of our Single Cask Series! This is a 6 year old Glenallachie, matured in a refill…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$65.72

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
$52.99

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 52.5%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill hogshead. 233 bottles were produced, independently bottled by The Malt Whisky Company.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$150.44

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Cragganmore

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt distilled in April 1985 and independently bottled in October 2015 by the folks at Hunter Laing. The Old & Rare Platinum range is…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$313.86

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.7%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$529.33

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing the 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
151
$35.40

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.6%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1996 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was released as part of the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. 588…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$292.50

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, released as part of their Spring 2015 Family Cask release. It was left to age in a single Sherry hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$243.87

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Benrinnes

This right here is the 3rd batch of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been bottled at 52.5% ABV.…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$68.90

The Glenrothes 2001

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

This edition of the Glenrothes range is their 2001 vintage single malt Scotch comes in the Speyside company's redesigned packaging. Ronnie Cox, the director at Berry Bros. & Rudd calls it…  More info

The Glenrothes 2001
6
$56.17

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.5%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this is a 1999 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was left to mature in cask #6321, a Sherry butt. This Sherry butt was opened in July 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$223.77

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
7
$166.54

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Sherry-butt-matured Braeval single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in 1997 and allowed to mature for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled for The First Editions range at cask…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$86.85

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