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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.

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11537) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Miltonduff

This 21 year old Miltonduff was matured in a single refill barrel, which was laid down back in February 1995. In November 2016, Douglas Laing got their hands on said barrel, cracked it open and…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11537) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$91.71

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
$90.37

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
21
$50.43

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
5
$45.57

Longmorn 23 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

Well-aged single malt from the Longmorn distillery, matured for 23 years before being bottled. Very handsome whisky, with an equally handsome bottle along with a presentation case to match.  More info

Longmorn 23 Year Old
$485.58

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
50
$74.41

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
9
$47.31

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
$30.47

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.  More info

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
101
$44.60

Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info

Cardhu 12 Year Old
49
$39.54

Tormore 16 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Tormore

In 2014, the Tormore distillery in Speyside released this 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky (as well as a 14 year old expression). It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old
2
$68.86

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 55.9%
Mortlach

A single cask bottling of Mortlach single malt, distilled in 1998 and bottled by Signatory in 2016. Before it was bottled, it was finished in a Sherry cask for 58 months, imparting rich, sweet fruit…  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$170.48

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
7
$44.72

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is a rich 19 year old single malt matured in oak casks previously used to age fine Madeira wine. This has created an earthy, distinctive whisky with a full bodied yet…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Maderia Cask Finish
8
$113.31

Tomintoul 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3700) - Vintage Single Cask

70cl, 54.9%
Tomintoul

Filled on 12th April 1977, this single Sherry cask release from Tomintoul was bottled in June 2015 The outturn was 470 bottles.  More info

Tomintoul 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3700) - Vintage Single Cask
$646.21

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)
1
$102.46

Tormore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.4%
Tormore

Well if it isn't a new-look batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Tormore single malt. The distillery lies in Speyside, on the edge of Cairngorms National Park which is home to some of Britain’s…  More info

Tormore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$92.75

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing the 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
183
$36.11

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.1%
Aberlour

An indie Aberlour here, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their excellent Celebration of the Cask range. This is a 26 year old single malt from the Speyside-based distillery, matured in a…  More info

Aberlour 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11336) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$193.41

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Initially matured in refill American oak barrels, this 17 year old from BenRiach spent a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
2
$73.84

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
10
$40.39

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

Released for the Glenfiddich's Travel Retail Age of Discovery series, this is a 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been treated to a red wine cask finish. It was created to commemorate…  More info

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old - Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
2
$107.86

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.7%
Speyside

No, this isn't part of our Secret Bottling Series, it's from the Speyside distillery! The distillery is, of course, located in the Speyside region.  More info

Speyside 15 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$70.10

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 15 year old matured in American bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak. The whisky was then married in a Solera vat. This is a great staple 15 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery.  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera
64
$44.07

Tomintoul 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tomintoul

This 25 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the distillery's range in the first half of 2015. An exciting release for Tomintoul, a distillery which has resided in Speyside…  More info

Tomintoul 25 Year Old
2
$193.86

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