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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.

Tamnavulin 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.60%
Tamnavulin

An independent bottling of 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamnavulin distillery. You don't get to see much Tamnavulin these days, so these bottling are always a treat. The whisky used…  More info

Tamnavulin 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$115.21

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Craigellachie

20 year old Craigellachie single malt, aged in a single Sherry butt from September 1995 to December 2015. This was then bottled at 51.5% ABV, with 314 bottles produced. Part of Douglas Laing's ace…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10962) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$82.80

Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Another collaboration between Macallan single malt Scotch and Lalique French crystal to create another stunning luxury whisky. Aged in first fill ex-Sherry Spanish oak casks from a single Jerez…  More info

Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter
$2755.62

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)
$16.90

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
33
$40.59

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.90%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$220.45

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul. This was introduced to their range in 2002, two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old
7
$30.67

Glen Moray 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glen Moray - a long-running distillery in the Speyside region. A good portion of their whisky makes its way into some popular blends, though their single…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old
24
$33.98

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)
$65.14

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$61.55

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

70cl, 48%
BenRiach

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
9
$36.19

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Keith

Yet another independent bottling from Hunter Laing's wonderful Old Malt Cask range - this one features an 18 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead. It was…  More info

Glen Keith 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11405) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$85.20

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage

70cl, 46%
The Speyside

As with SPEY's Royal Choice, this bottling celebrates the fact that when Lord Byron married Annabelle Millbanke in 1815 he gifted a barrel of whisky from the Speyside distillery to King George III.…  More info

SPEY Byron's Choice The Marriage
$100.21

Glenallachie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.70%
Glenallachie

This is the first bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the label, as always, references something interesting about the distillery. You see,…  More info

Glenallachie - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$49.55

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$50.51

Glenfarclas 105 35cl

35cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

A half bottle of the astounding cask strength release from Glenfarclas. This was created in honour of George S Grant who would bottle a cask and leave it at cask strength to give to family and…  More info

Glenfarclas 105 35cl
2
$29.35

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.40%
Glen Grant

Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a bourbon hogshead for 25 years! Top stuff from the renowned distillery in Speyside, which has been bottled as part of the Highland Laird range by…  More info

Glen Grant 25 Year Old 1990 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$132.27

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
12
$43.36

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
147
$33.21

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
21
$35.42

The Glenlivet 14 Year Old Conglass - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 59.80%
The Glenlivet

Single malt Scotch whisky from The Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask (#41723) for 14 years before being bottled in February 2014 at 59.8% ABV. The name, Conglass, comes from the…  More info

The Glenlivet 14 Year Old Conglass - Single Cask Edition
$218.91

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.60%
Mortlach

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1991 and left to mature in a single Sherry cask. It was left to mature for 23 years before being bottled for…  More info

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice
$192.89

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.)
$51.53

Benrinnes 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A single cask Benrinnes single malt, distilled in 2008. It was bottled in 2016 at 7 years old by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range, with 325 bottles produced.  More info

Benrinnes 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.25

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
$45.88

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