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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.

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11357) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Linkwood

An Old Particular bottling of Linkwood single malt, aged in a single cask for 21 years. The whisky was distilled in May 1995 and set aside to mature until September 2016, when Douglas Laing bottled…  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11357) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$76.73

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
$37.37

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816

70cl, 61.3%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet's popular Nàdurra range features whisky produced in small batches, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours - consequently, it should be no surprise that…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816
$44.64

BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

This 21 year old malt is part of BenRiach's Wood Finish or Cask Finish range, where whiskies mature in refill American oak casks before spending a finishing period in a more active wine or fortified…  More info

BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Cask Finish
$122.39

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

50cl, 48.6%
Macduff

18 year old Macduff single malt, independently bottled by the folks from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label shows a scene that you might not have seen from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, with…  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$83.09

Glenburgie 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenburgie

A 10 year old from Glenburgie, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and first fill sherry butts.  More info

Glenburgie 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
7
$32.04

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

50cl, 52.5%
Benrinnes

This right here is the 3rd batch of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been bottled at 52.5% ABV.…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$67.51

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
$46.38

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 13)

70cl, 46.2%
Glenfiddich

The 13th release of 40 year old single malt from the Glenfiddich distillery. Interestingly, Glenfiddich use remnant vatting to create their 40 year old expressions - the Malt Master selects casks and…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 13)
$2,827.81

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
$192.28

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

15 year old whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, finish in Port casks to impart some sweet, juicy, fragrant notes to the Speyside single malt. Ace.  More info

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish
1
$69.34

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
14
$66.46

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

One of the many vintages of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky bottled by the folks from Gordon & MacPhail, presented with a handsome retro label. This one was distilled in 2004 and left alone…  More info

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$39.95

Aultmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

12 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness.…  More info

Aultmore 12 Year Old
8
$45.56

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
$87.03

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
$399.06

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
$53.43

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
13
$47.63

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A recent release edition from Glenfiddich, this was aged for 14 years before a finish in new American and Spanish oak casks. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish…  More info

Glenfiddich Rich Oak
45
$39.84

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 1491) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.5%
Cragganmore

A single cask bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the brilliant Adelphi chaps. It was distilled in 1986 (two years before Cragganmore became one of…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 1491) (Adelphi)
$285.82

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
$50.96

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
$487.52

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 11170) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glenrothes

A single cask bottling of 12 year old Glenrothes, aged in a Sherry butt from May 2004 to June 2016 before being bottled by Douglas Laing. We do love a well-Sherried Glenrothes here at MoM Towers... A…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 11170) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$63.84

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)
$64.85

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak

70cl, 47.8%
Balvenie

The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak, was introduced to the Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky range in 2014. Released in batches, each bottle is one of no more than 300, drawn from…  More info

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak
3
$440.84

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