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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.

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.3%
Cragganmore

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt distilled in April 1985 and independently bottled in October 2015 by the folks at Hunter Laing. The Old & Rare Platinum range is…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$312.69

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.9%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$264.20

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
$73.92

BenRiach 35 Year Old

70cl, 42.5%
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
$474.62

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

16 year old Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky from their Triple Cask range, which was launched for travel retail. The Triple Cask range is matured in first-fill American oak barrels, traditional…  More info

Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask
11
$76.04

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition presentation of Beinn Dubh single malt from the Speyside distillery, presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Thunder in the Glens, the largest Harley Davidson rally…  More info

Beinn Dubh Thunder in the Glens 20th Anniversary
$60.54

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt, independenty bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar in Singapore!). This was distilled in February 1995 and bottled in February 2016 at…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask
$103.64

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 2)

70cl, 58.5%
Tamdhu

Another rich batch of Tamdhu single malt matured in a small number of hand-selected exclusively ex-Sherry casks. This second batch is bottled at 58.5% abv. The idea of these releases is to bring fans…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 2)
$59.76

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Glen Grant

From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you…  More info

Glen Grant 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 10703) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$99.39

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
$107.12

Glenburgie 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.3%
Glenburgie

Estimated despatch 5th December Here's the third batch of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Now, we all know there are dangers involved…  More info

Glenburgie 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$71.82

Glen Moray 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the wonderful Glen Moray distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old
10
$41.57

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Elgin

A very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old
10
$40.53

Ardmore 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 55.5%
Ardmore

Have you ever wondered what each individual metal ring on a cask was called? What about the bit of wood that goes past the head? What about the piece of fabric that goes in the hole underneath the…  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$58.07

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
$27.30

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52%
The Macallan

Oh boy, it's not just an Old Particular, it's an Extra or 'Xtra' Old Particular! An XOP, if you will, from independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Distilled in August 1990 then matured for over 25 years…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$524.13

BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1

70cl, 57.2%
BenRiach

The inaugural release of BenRiach's Cask Strength series! These releases will work much like the popular Glendronach Cask Strengths and are bottled at natural strength.  More info

BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1
1
$55.84

Benromach Peat Smoke 2007 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

The 2007 vintage Benromach Peat Smoke, made with barley peated to 67ppm and matured in first fill bourbon barrels. Explore the smoky side of Benromach's malts!  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2007 (bottled 2016)
$38.53

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
3
$43.99

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
$46.66

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%
Glenrothes

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits
$88.72

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.4%
Benrinnes

Here we see one of our very own Master of Malt Single Cask Series bottlings - an 18 year old Benrinnes! It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a bourbon cask until March 2016. We…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$100.34

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.5%
Linkwood

A Speyside distillery with a top reputation among blenders, but with very few official bottlings of single malt (essentially only a Flora & Fauna 12 year old). This means that fans must rely on…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
2
$189.11

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

Royal Brackla was the very first Scottish distillery to receive 'royal' status when, in 1833, it was bestowed upon them by King William IV. Most of the distillery's production goes into Dewar's…  More info

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old
1
$44.12

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
34
$38.92

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