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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.

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

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF1115

70cl, 59.6%
The Glenlivet

Non-chillfiltered, cask strength single malt from the Glenlivet Nàdurra range - 'Nàdurra' means 'Natural' in Gaelic, hence the lack of chill-filtration and cask strength bottling. This one was…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF1115
$42.40

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming, this is a great 16 year old from Tomintoul. This is a half bottle - perfect for when a full bottle isn't required!  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old 35cl
1
$23.46

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$142.78

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Tomintoul have marked the fiftieth anniversary of spirit flowing from its stills with this stunning release composed of whiskies from each decade. Casks were chosen from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and…  More info

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary
$268.65

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.8%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$209.14

Knockando 18 Year Old 1996 Slow Matured

70cl, 43%
Knockando

18 year old single malt from Speyside's Knockando, distilled in 1996 and matured in Sherry casks. Great as an after dinner dram...  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1996 Slow Matured
$65.83

Tomintoul 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and…  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old
17
$44.41

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the distillery.  More info

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve
35
$24.32

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 58.1%
Craigellachie

How did this Craigellachie get so dark without artificial colouring? Ah, it's been given the Darkness! treatment - at least 6 months spent in a fresh specially coopered 50 litre Sherry cask!  More info

Darkness! Craigellachie 9 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$64.43

Cardhu 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-aged Cardhu, this 18 year old Speyside single malt retains its characteristic gentle nature allied with greater complexity and richness.  More info

Cardhu 18 Year Old
1
$80.39

SPEY Tenné

70cl, 46%
Speyside

The SPEY Tenné is a single malt from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh. It is initially aged in bourbon casks before enjoying a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks,…  More info

SPEY Tenné
2
$38.64

Tomintoul 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

This 14 year old has been bottled at a higher strength to previous Tomintoul releases. This has helped bring out more of the flavour, and the character of the dram.  More info

Tomintoul 14 Year Old
9
$44.53

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

15 year old whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, finish in Port casks to impart some sweet, juicy, fragrant notes to the Speyside single malt. Ace.  More info

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish
1
$71.70

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 58.5%
Glenfarclas

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 release comes a 2000 vintage single malt which was matured in refill Sherry butt #4075 until August 2015. 650 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 2000 (cask 4075) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$213.01

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11626) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Longmorn

A single cask bottling of Longmorn single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. It was distilled in October 1996 and aged in a refill hogshead until March 2017,…  More info

Longmorn 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11626) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.50

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
$56.91

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Aberlour

An indie Aberlour here, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. This is a 26 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, matured in a…  More info

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$192.60

Longmorn Distiller's Choice

70cl, 40%
Longmorn

A no age statement release from a beloved, underrated malt whisky distillery in Speyside, matured in three types of cask; hogsheads, Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels.  More info

Longmorn Distiller's Choice
$50.86

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6169 & 6172) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a pair of hogshead casks for 17 years - from May 1999 to January 2017. Following its maturation, this whisky was independently bottled by Signatory for…  More info

Linkwood 17 Year Old 1999 (casks 6169 & 6172) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.80

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.7%
Glenrothes

A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay. This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them…  More info

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$890.44

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
12
$75.17

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'
9
$37.86

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