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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.

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 935, 936 & 938) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.5%
Ardmore

Independently bottled single malt from the Ardmore distillery, drawn from a trio of refill Sherry hogshead which housed the whisky for 14 years. This was distilled in July 2002 and bottled in October…  More info

Ardmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 935, 936 & 938) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$61.31

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A handsome gift set from the Knockando distillery, featuring a bottle of their 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve along with two branded tasting glasses.  More info

Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$73.48

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)
$37.86

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.9%
Dailuaine

A 34 year old Dailuaine!!! Distilled in 1980 and matured in refill American oak casks, this is a release of 2,952 individually numbered bottles. The first official bottling in six years from a…  More info

Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)
$394.64

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.4%
Glenallachie

Sherried 7 year old Glenallachie, how often do you see that? This single malt has been finished in a small ex-Oloroso cask by the chaps at Darkness!  More info

Darkness! Glenallachie 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
1
$62.26

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim
6
$55.38

Cardhu 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info

Cardhu 15 Year Old
4
$46.37

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)
$15.93

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915

70cl, 60.4%
The Glenlivet

Another edition of Glenlivet's Nàdurra First Fill Selection, aged in first fill American white oak casks and bottled without any chill-filtration and at cask strength (a robust 604.% ABV). A great…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915
$40.98

Cragganmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info

Cragganmore 12 Year Old
37
$36.18

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
$192.13

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
4
$38.77

Glenglassaugh Revival

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

This is the first chance to try whisky produced by the recently re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery. It was closed in 1986 but resumed production in 2008. This revival bottling is the first whisky to…  More info

Glenglassaugh Revival
8
$36.09

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof

70cl, 57%
Benromach

Ooh, Benromach 10 year old bottled at a significantly higher strength - 100° Proof (more commonly known as 57% ABV these days). Intense and flavourful, with a good whack of smoke and Sherried malt at…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof
8
$46.68

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
$38.25

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Glenfiddich

It says "Blended Malt" on this bottle, and technically that's exactly what it is, except 99.99% is from a single famous Speyside distillery! Welcome to the world of 'spooned' or 'teaspooned' malts,…  More info

Blended Malt #3 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$72.64

Caperdonich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 121141) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 58.9%
Caperdonich

An indie bottling of rare Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky! Caperdonich closed back in 2002, and their whisky has become rather sought after indeed. This one was distilled in October 1992 and…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 121141) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$218.49

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A much adored expression here - 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas, offering up generous helpings of Sherried notes that the distillery are famous for. Bottled at…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
$700.95

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

The producers recommend this as an aperitif whisky. It certainly offers more complexity than you'd expect from a 10 year old dram. A lovely, delicate whisky from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old
17
$32.66

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
$40.85

Tomintoul 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.6%
Tomintoul

Yet another cracking single cask we've been lucky enough to bottle, this time from Tomintoul, pronounced 'Tom-in-Towel' (although it's best not to think about that for too long). Distilled on 1st May…  More info

Tomintoul 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$98.60

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.7%
Strathmill

A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$90.30

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
12
$46.68

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Aultmore

Sharks and Velociraptors. An eternal rivalry which goes back to the dawn of the time. Though many have since forgotten this endless conflict, That Boutique-y Whisky Company document it in wonderful…  More info

Aultmore - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$96.53

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57%
Mortlach

A stunning Mortlach single malt distilled in September 1987, aged for over 26 years in a single hogshead and bottled in September 2014 (just days before it would have turned 27). We couldn't be…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$398.74

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