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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.

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
10
$36.10

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10978) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

An Old Malt Cask bottling of single malt from the Strathmill distillery in the Speyside region. This fruit-forward whisky was distilled in October 1989 and left to mature in a single refill butt for…  More info

Strathmill 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10978) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$108.62

Linkwood 28 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.40%
Linkwood

An independently bottled 28 year old Linkwood single malt, matured in 2 butt casks from 1987 to 2015. This has been presented by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest Scottish independent bottlers. 1062…  More info

Linkwood 28 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$136.88

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 52.20%
Craigellachie

This is an independently bottled Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a single Sherry butt. It was distilled back in 1995 and bottled in 2016 by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. A release of…  More info

Craigellachie 1995 (bottled 2016) (cask 16011) - Malts of Scotland
$137.45

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 11076) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dailuaine

A gloriously creamy 12 year old Dailuaine single malt here, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. This was distilled in September 2003 and set aside to age in a single refill butt cask…  More info

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 11076) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$47.98

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A 2014 addition to Glen Moray's selection of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, their Classic Port Cask Finish is treated to an 8 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks before being bottled.  More info

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
6
$29.08

Braes Of Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1989 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Càrn Mòr bottling of Braes of Glenlivet (known as Braeval these days), which was matured in 2 hogshead casks from 1989 to 2014. Bottled at 25 years old, without added colours or chill-filtration,…  More info

Braes Of Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1989 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$106.29

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

A heavily peated malt for a Speyside distillery, bottled at higher proof, Old Ballantruan is an unusually peated single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'
10
$38.08

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks,…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Trinité 1l
1
$60.75

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A Classic Malts & Food gift pack, containing a 70cl bottle of Knockando 18 Year Old along with 2 tasting glasses and a recipe booklet, which should help inspire you with pairing the whisky and some…  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$66.36

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

This is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Linkwood in 1997, and left to age in bourbon casks for 18 years, until 2015. It was then bottled by WM Cadenhead, a long-running independent whisky…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$65.11

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
$60.29

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

50cl, 47.90%
Glenrothes

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky features the Rothes Cemetery (which is next door to the distillery), with its gravestones turning black from the…  More info

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$87.90

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamdhu

A single cask bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This vanilla rich, citrus fuelled dram was distilled by Tamdhu in the Speyside…  More info

Tamdhu 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10585) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$98.91

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
$49.10

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Mortlach

381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing's…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$58.08

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$51.63

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old

70cl, 42.50%
Glenglassaugh

Introduced to the Glenglassaugh core range in 2013, the 40 year old single malt from the distillery in Portsoy is specially selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker and exemplifies the tremendous…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old
$1316.81

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A 35cl bottling of the classic Glenfarclas 12 Year Old. As you'd expect from the renowned distillery in Speyside, this one is packed to the brim with spectacular Sherried, dried fruit notes all the…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 35cl
1
$18.92

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Inchgower

Matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, this Inchgower was distilled in October 1989 and bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 294 bottles.  More info

Inchgower 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10879) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$104.47

Strathisla 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail) 43%

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

The slightly higher strength 1963 vintage from Strathisla, bottled by the Elgin based Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Strathisla 1963 (Gordon and MacPhail) 43%
$836.95

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$45.03

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
55
$40.08

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Craigellachie

A single cask Craigellachie single malt packed with rich spice notes, presented by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This 15 year old Craigellachie was distilled in April 1999, left to…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.28

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
106
$41.60

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