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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.

Glenburgie 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenburgie

A 10 year old from Glenburgie, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and first fill sherry butts.  More info

Glenburgie 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
7
$31.32

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)
$163.55

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tormore

27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery, aged in a single refill butt. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled 27 years later in April 2016 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$108.18

Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside, which has been treated to a finishing period in Sherry casks, giving it a generous helping of Speyside Sherried yumminess. Dig in.  More info

Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish
2
$27.18

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.09

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 56.8%
Glentauchers

Bottled at cask strength, as the name of this Gordon & MacPhail range indicates, this Glentauchers was distilled in October 1998 and spent over 17 years in a refill Sherry cask.  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)
$74.65

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
$766.30

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
$27.49

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The first whisky of this age released by the Glenfiddich distillery, Excellence 26 Year Old is a very special release that was matured exclusively in American oak bourbon barrels for notes of vanilla…  More info

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
2
$370.91

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)
$162.03

Glenfarclas 105 35cl

35cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of the astounding cask strength release from Glenfarclas. This was created in honour of George S Grant who would bottle a cask and leave it at cask strength to give to family and…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 35cl
2
$27.49

Royal Brackla 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

The 16 year old release from the Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky range, and perhaps the pick of the bunch with an abundance of spicy Oloroso character. It's also beautifully presented, with a…  More info

Royal Brackla 16 Year Old
3
$73.92

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
3
$45.58

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002

70cl, 43%
Knockando

Here's the 2002 vintage 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery. A very elegant Speysider, with plenty of fruit and cereal at its centre - a tasty aperitif single malt.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002
2
$35.44

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)
$1,781.03

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.8%
Glen Keith

A fragrant 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask finished Glen Keith single malt from the Darkness! range.  More info

Darkness! Glen Keith 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$98.02

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

70cl, 48%
Aberlour

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered
4
$42.98

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.9%
Tomintoul

This 20 year old Tomintoul was placed in a specially coopered 50 litre Oloroso Sherry cask for the final few months (at least six of 'em) of its maturation for greater intensity.  More info

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$98.02

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition was named for the distillery's sixth Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, as he was their first Malt Master to double-mature Glenfiddich whisky in two different casks.…  More info

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish
4
$55.36

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.5%
Tormore

A North Star Spirits bottling of 27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery. This was distilled in December 1988 and matured until October 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 200…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 - North Star Spirits
$136.22

Glen Grant 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

A 12 year old Glen Grant single malt, launched in mid-2016 with a rather sleek and handsome new bottle design. Still shows off the classic Glen Grant style - honey'd malt, sugared almond and ripe…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old
6
$39.18

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fantastic BenRiach single malt matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts sourced from Jerez for a minimum of 12 years. An IWSC Trophy winner back in 2011, expect classic dried fruit, spice…  More info

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood
3
$38.54

Glentauchers 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 15827) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Glentauchers

A bottling of 14 year old Glentauchers from The Single Cask, an indie bottling range from a whisky bar in Singapore which shares its name. This was distilled in January 2002, matured in cask #15827…  More info

Glentauchers 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 15827) - The Single Cask
$82.53

Benrinnes 28 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.8%
Benrinnes

A Hunter Laing bottling of 28 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Benrinnes distillery in Speyside. Part of the Hunter Laing Old & Rare Platinum collection, this whisky sat in a single refill…  More info

Benrinnes 28 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$280.90

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The third darkest and third most expensive bottling in the no age statement, sherry matured 1824 Series from The Macallan. Sienna is a naturally occuring pigment, referring not only to the hue of…  More info

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series
27
$72.21

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