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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.

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

Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by the Dram

70cl, 59.9%
Glenfarclas

Bottled for Drinks by the Dram and featuring in their fantastic Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar, this single cask Speyside malt was bottled at a hearty natural cask strength of 59.9% abv! Distilled in…  More info

Glenfarclas 2009 (bottled 2016) (cask 1805) - Drinks by the Dram
1
$113.50

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glen Moray

A 1988 vintage, 25 year old Glen Moray single malt, which has been treated to a Port cask finish before bottling. Comes with a handsome presentation box and a scroll, which is lovely, because we…  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish
1
$123.89

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 46.8%
The Glenlivet

41 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, which was initially aged in a hogshead cask and finished (for 48 months) in Oloroso Sherry oak! This was distilled in March 1974…  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$580.81

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
2
$104.65

Benromach 35 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with…  More info

Benromach 35 Year Old
$432.73

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.3%
Linkwood

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have independently bottled another fantastic Linkwood single malt, and this time, it's got an age statement! This is a delicious 26 year old whisky from the distillery…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$123.84

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

One of the many vintages of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky bottled by the folks from Gordon & MacPhail, presented with a handsome retro label. This one was distilled in 2004 and left alone…  More info

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$38.83

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.7%
The Macallan

An exceptional rare Single Cask Macallan matured in teeny tiny 50 litre casks. Just 67 bottles were produced!  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$194.86

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Bourbon cask
4
$104.05

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Released as part of the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels, this is a 2005 vintage Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky. It was bottled in 2015 at 43% ABV, featuring retro-styled labels - we do love…  More info

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$35.10

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

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
$68.26

Tomintoul 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3700) - Vintage Single Cask

70cl, 54.9%
Tomintoul

Filled on 12th April 1977, this single Sherry cask release from Tomintoul was bottled in June 2015 The outturn was 470 bottles.  More info

Tomintoul 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3700) - Vintage Single Cask
$618.19

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

100cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 1 litre bottling of 18 year old Glenfarclas single malt initially released for travel retail, broaching the gap between the excellent 15 and 21 year olds.  More info

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old
4
$72.21

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
$63.24

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%
Glen Moray

Yet another new addition to That Boutique-y Whisky Company's ever growing range - Batch 1 of their Glen Moray! The label depicts the River Lossie spectacularly bursting its banks, flooding the…  More info

Glen Moray - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$67.06

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Aberlour

A single cask bottling of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled back in October 1990 and left to mature for a quarter of a century until March…  More info

Aberlour 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$193.71

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Dailuaine

A Flora and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery, a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great digestive.  More info

Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
5
$54.15

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