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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.

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

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.70%
The Macallan

An exceptional rare Single Cask Macallan matured in teeny tiny 50 litre casks. Just 67 bottles were produced!  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$208.05

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
54
$40.18

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)
$58.23

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%
Glenrothes

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
2
$150.95

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

A 10 year old from the MacDuff distillery, bottled as Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old
1
$34.64

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside…  More info

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation
$47.21

BenRiach 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.80%
BenRiach

BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info

BenRiach 25 Year Old
$181.50

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.50%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
$3437.64

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Linkwood

Single cask Linkwood, distill in June 1997 and bottled by Langside in 2016. part of the Distiller's Art range, it's been aged in a refill hogshead and bottled at natural cask strength without chill…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$83.44

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.10%
Aultmore

A very well-aged Aultmore from respected bottler Mackillop's. Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Speyside on the 4th of September 1990 and bottled from cask number 5199 in April 2013.  More info

Aultmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 5199) - Mackillop's Choice
$125.27

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.40%
Glenfarclas

A rich ruby Family Cask from Glenfarclas! Bottled on 28th November 2014 for inclusion in the Spring 2015 releases, 281 bottles emerged from the single Sherry butt where it had been getting richer and…  More info

Glenfarclas 1964 (cask 4725) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$1353.28

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph

70cl, 48%
The Glenlivet

A cask strength 1991 vintage Glenlivet, this is a single barley edition of Nadurra, in this case the Triumph variety. Very tasty indeed.  More info

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph
1
$87.96

Aberlour 23 Year Old June 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.10%
Aberlour

A single cask Aberlour, independently bottled by us for our Single Cask Series range! This is a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the awesome Aberlour distillery in Speyside, distilled in…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old June 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$137.72

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

Lots of sherry and fruit in this, Glenfarclas 12 was originally bottled for export and travel retail markets. In 2006, it was named the "Best Sherried Whisky" in the Single Malt World Cup, and in…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
31
$40.55

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old - Rare Oak

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich 25 Year Old Rare Oak was originally released for the Travel Retail market. It's drawn from a mixture of Spanish Sherry butts and American bourbon barrels, resulting in a rich, complex…  More info

Glenfiddich 25 Year Old - Rare Oak
4
$368.80

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The first whisky of this age released by the Glenfiddich distillery, Excellence 26 Year Old is a very special release that was matured exclusively in American oak bourbon barrels for notes of vanilla…  More info

Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
3
$396.02

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'
9
$38.17

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
Glen Grant

A release of 426 bottles of 21 year old Glen Grant single malt matured in a single cask and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range in October 2014.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 142046) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$125.03

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

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Tamnavulin

A single cask Tamnavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1993, the same year that Whyte & Mackay became owners of the distillery. It was left to age in a refill butt for 21 years,…  More info

Tamnavulin 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 11150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
1
$89.82

Tomintoul 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and…  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old
21
$45.01

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