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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.

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)
$86.69

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a fabulous little travel retail exclusive, named for European of Spanish oak, Quercus Robur. This is aged with a good proportion of first fill Oloroso sherry casks…  More info

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l
13
$66.50

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.50

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)

20cl, 40%
Balvenie

A 20cl bottling of Balvenie's excellent 12 Year Old DoubleWood, aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in European oak Sherry casks.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old (20cl)
$16.67

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin…  More info

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured
19
$49.53

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
21
$45.58

Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11489) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%
The Macallan

An independently bottled Macallan single malt, aged for 25 years in one refill hogshead! This was distilled in the Speyside region in March 1991 and bottled in November 2016 by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11489) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$486.58

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
$622.68

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tormore

27 year old single malt from the Tormore distillery, aged in a single refill butt. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled 27 years later in April 2016 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 12239) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$115.24

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A 10 year old from the Macallan matured in sherry casks. Macallan uses only Golden Promise barley, and actually use up 90% of the annual crop of Golden Promise in Scotland!  More info

The Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak
14
$87.08

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)
$64.43

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.9%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$83.13

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
$37.39

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Another Murray McDavid bottling that started life in a bourbon cask before being transferred to a wine barrique, this time from the Jurançon region. The outturn was 255 at a bottling strength of 46%.  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 14341) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$140.33

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 49) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 53%
Glenfarclas

Single cask Glenfarclas which was a child of the '80s. This is a 1983 vintage single malt from the legendary distillery, aged in a refill hogshead until December 2014 when it was bottled at cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 (cask 49) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$604.05

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Strathmill

A rare bottling from the now discontinued, and beautifully packaged, Flora and Fauna range. This 12 year old was distilled at the Speyside based Strathmill distillery.  More info

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$46.41

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
$43.09

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Amazingly, this 10 year old Glen Moray was matured for its entire ageing period in chardonnay casks! Rich and surprisingly sweet and buttery, a fabulous little whisky…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay
15
$27.38

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old
18
$33.42

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
$192.38

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
16
$53.46

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.  More info

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
100
$41.47

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A combination of ten vintages from Glenrothes, using whiskies that are said to some of the finest examples of their individual vintages. The first release was made up of whiskies from 1989 (said to…  More info

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
3
$40.90

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
41
$38.82

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45%
Miltonduff

A rare bottling of Mosstowie - which whisky boffins will know is single malt distilled in the short-lived Miltonduff Lomond stills. This one was aged in a single cask, laid down in November 1979 and…  More info

Mosstowie 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 25757) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$290.23

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