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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.

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
3
$87.49

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak
2
$421.50

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
163
$36.07

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.40%
Glenfarclas

A rich ruby Family Cask from Glenfarclas! Bottled on 28th November 2014 for inclusion in the Spring 2015 releases, 281 bottles emerged from the single Sherry butt where it had been getting richer and…  More info

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1326.94

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.70%
Strathmill

An independently bottled Strathmill, aged in a bourbon barrel for 24 years. This was distilled in May 1991 and bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 190 bottles, presented as part of Càrn Mòr's…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2317) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$126.32

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 51.10%
Aultmore

Darkness! whiskies spend at least six months in specially coopered fresh 50 litre Sherry cask (Oloroso in this case). For this 6 year old Aultmore single malt, that's around a twelfth of its…  More info

Darkness! Aultmore 6 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
$70.20

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach, matured in tiny quarter casks! The smaller casks encourage greater interaction between the spirit, the oak and the air allowing the whisky to take on lots of character in a shorter…  More info

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks
1
$53.86

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
1
$48.62

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from 2008 to 2015. It was then bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range - a sweet, cakey Craigellachie...  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$38.18

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Goodness gracious, would you just look at the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling! This single malt from the long-going family-run distillery was distilled in 1970 and matured in Sherry hogshead #2026…  More info

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2026) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$3610.50

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
21
$44.14

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 51.80%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, matured in a single hogshead (cask 142608), this release is named after the hill above the distillery where the local gallows were located.  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition
$253.48

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Mortlach

381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing's…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$57.09

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

This is an independently bottled Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 casks and bottled at 14 years old by Càrn Mòr. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016. 768 bottles were…  More info

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$60.35

Longmorn 2002 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2015. This comes presented as part of Gordon & macPhail's Distillery labels series, which shows off…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
$47.14

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53.70%
Miltonduff

A rather deluxe single cask bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. Drawn from a single Sherry oak cask, which was filled in November…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 836379) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$277.43

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
1
$77.39

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

70cl, 64.30%
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)
$66.96

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.60%
Glenrothes

25 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled back in June 1990 and bottled in June 2015 with an outturn of 285 bottles. This comes to us via…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$241.35

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 65.50%
Glenallachie

8 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 2007, matured in a Sherry butt and bottled in March 2016 by the excellent A.D. Rattray. 657 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$53.78

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
23
$33.86

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

7 year old single malt from the Inchgower distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range.  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11191) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$35.07

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks. This was distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range - 610 bottles were…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$77.19

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve

70cl, 43%
Knockando

The Knockando distillery started producing whisky in the Speyside region and has continued to do so ever since, becoming incredibly popular on mainland Europe and being used in some top blends. This…  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1990 Master Reserve
1
$81.37

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'
10
$37.43

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