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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.

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Linkwood

An indie bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled back in June 1997, and aged until October 2015. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12106) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.23

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ooh, it looks like The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.'s Cooper's Choice range has had a redesign - very stylish indeed! This is a single cask bottling of heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky from the…  More info

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$50.53

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.50%
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
$485.38

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
2
$44.99

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, which was left to age from August 2008 to November 2015 in a single refill hogshead. This was bottled at 46% ABV by the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10985) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$39.43

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
$38.86

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 48%
Glenallachie

Indie Glenallachie! This WM Cadenhead bottling of 22 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in 1992 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2015, when it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenallachie 22 Year Old 1992 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$79.63

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.70%
Cragganmore

Estimated despatch October 11th Limited to 4,932 bottles, this is Cragganmore's sixth appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases. The only no age statement whisky from 2016's releases, it was…  More info

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)
$432.31

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
149
$32.57

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.10%
Balmenach

Released as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 17 year old Balmenach single malt which was drawn from a single cask! Said cask was filled in December…  More info

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$63.87

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.80%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Sherry-butt-matured Braeval single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in 1997 and allowed to mature for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled for The First Editions range at cask…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$88.49

Craigellachie 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11792) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.60%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery, aged in a Sherry butt for 19 years - we do love a Sherried Craigellachie, we do. This one was bottled by Hunter Laing…  More info

Craigellachie 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 11792) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$93.41

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glenlossie

The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$50.72

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve was introduced to the Speyside distillery's core range in 2014, and it's definitely one for the Sherry lovers out there, as this is the first single malt from…  More info

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
1
$59.26

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Box Set

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

This outstanding presentation box contains a 70cl bottle of Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, as well as a miniature of the rare and expensive 21 Year Old and the 25 Year Old Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Box Set
3
$61.55

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from…  More info

Benrinnes 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 2835) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
3
$126.83

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory bottling of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks for 20 years. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in February 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)
1
$52.05

Linkwood 25 Year Old (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This is a stunning twenty-five year old Linkwood from Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin. Linkwood is a great performer but is exceptionally good at this age!  More info

Linkwood 25 Year Old (Gordon & Macphail)
2
$110.02

Glenfarclas 105 Gift Set with Two 5cl Miniatures

80cl, 58.10%
Glenfarclas

Give the gift of Glenfarclas with this gorgeous gift set. Featuring a full bottle of the fabulous Glenfarclas 105 (60% ABV) and two 5cl miniatures, including their 15 Year Old (46% ABV) and their 21…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 Gift Set with Two 5cl Miniatures
$54.72

Darkness! Tomintoul 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.90%
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
$102.61

Darkness! Braeval 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 48.40%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

This Braevel single malt Scotch whisky was finished in a specially coopered 50 litre Pedro Ximénez cask for a period of at least 6 months.  More info

Darkness! Braeval 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
$102.61

Tormore 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Tormore

In 2014, the Tormore distillery in Speyside released this 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky (as well as a 14 year old expression). It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old
2
$68.96

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12308) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenallachie

A 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel from 1992 to 2016. 125 bottles were produced for The First Editions range by Hunter…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12308) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$101.40

The Macallan M - 1824 Series

70cl, 44.50%
The Macallan

The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an…  More info

The Macallan M - 1824 Series
$3566.61

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

A 25 year old from The Glenlivet, finished in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)
28
$214.53

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