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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.

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Port-cask-finished Benrinnes single malt, bottled at 18 years old by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coppers Choice range. It was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 at 46% ABV, with a…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 9256) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$78.60

Glen Grant 1962 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1962 at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, this was matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Glen Grant 1962 (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$910.78

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This classic Speyside from Glenfiddich was the Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
140
$34.74

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)

70cl, 44.9%
Glenfiddich

40 year old whisky from the storied Glenfiddich distillery. They release their 40 year old expressions in small batches each year - this particular one was from their 2004 release, with only 600…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (Bottled 2004)
$3,968.18

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
8
$166.57

Braeval 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12815) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 44.7%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A single cask bottling of Braeval (the distillery formerly known as Braes of Glenlivet), aged for quarter of a century! This was distilled back in August 1991 and allowed to mature in a refill…  More info

Braeval 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 12815) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$107.60

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
$45.82

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.5%
BenRiach

Introduced to the BenRiach range in late 2014, their 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky brings truck-loads of mouthwatering tropical fruit, dark chocolate, treacle and warming oak spice notes,…  More info

BenRiach 35 Year Old
$504.08

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12827) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenburgie

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, independently bottled as part of the handsome First Editions range by Hunter Laing. This was distilled in 1998 and aged in a…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 12827) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$82.92

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3

70cl, 52.2%
Balvenie

David Stewart's new and larger plaything following the success of marrying tun 1401, Tun 1509 is now providing its third release! For this batch he selected 12 Sherry butts with vintages varying from…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 3
1
$320.67

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 935, 936 & 938) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.5%
Ardmore

Independently bottled single malt from the Ardmore distillery, drawn from a trio of refill Sherry hogshead which housed the whisky for 14 years. This was distilled in July 2002 and bottled in October…  More info

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 935, 936 & 938) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$67.06

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$70.75

Glenfarclas Heritage

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

From the excellent Glenfarclas distillery in the Speyside region comes their Heritage single malt. You're more likely to see this no-age-statement expression on mainland Europe, but lookee here -…  More info

Glenfarclas Heritage
$41.45

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 50.8%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, distilled in 1997 and matured in bourbon barrel 30777. It was bottled on 16th April 2015 and is named after a local farm in the valley of the Livet.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition
1
$198.81

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 55.7%
The Glenlivet

A single cask bottling of 18 year old Glenlivet single malt, given the name Auchvaich by the famous distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 588 bottles.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition
$198.81

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

A single cask bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This vanilla rich, citrus fuelled dram was distilled by Tamdhu in the Speyside…  More info

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$101.59

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)
$66.58

Craigellachie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11343) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Craigellachie

A 21 year old Craigellachie single malt, aged in a Sherry butt from September 1995 to September 2016. Following its maturation, the whisky was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range…  More info

Craigellachie 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11343) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.48

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 50.2%
The Macallan

Ooh, an independent bottling of 1990 vintage Macallan here from the Rest & Be Thankful range! It was matured in a single bourbon cask which was filled in 1990 and emptied in 2016 - this one's a…  More info

Macallan 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 4049) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$806.99

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
$46.02

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
$39.15

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 2074) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 49.6%
Glenfarclas

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 Release comes a 1982 vintage single malt, aged in a single fourth-fill hogshead until August 2015. Following its lengthy maturation, this was bottled with…  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 2074) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$829.48

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
$28.42

Mortlach Special Strength

50cl, 49%
Mortlach

Mortlach Special Strength comes from the 2014 relaunch of Mortlach's range, though was originally released for the Travel Retail market. This has been bottled at 49% ABV, which brings out plenty of…  More info

Mortlach Special Strength
$81.55

Craigellachie 17 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows…  More info

Craigellachie 17 Year Old
5
$99.05

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