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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.

Tomintoul With A Peaty Tang

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Tomintoul With A Peaty Tang
8
$36.05

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin…  More info

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured
19
$50.99

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
52
$41.19

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A 15 year old 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. It has been matured in a combination of Sherry and refill bourbon casks. Knockando whisky is one of the…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997
$60.38

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
$39.03

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%
Mortlach

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
5
$189.74

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve
2
$60.23

Glen Grant 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 11009) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.10%
Glen Grant

Xtra! Xtra! Read all about it, Douglas Laing release 30 year old single cask Glen Grant! Having spent three decades in a single refill hogshead, the outturn was just 36 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Glen Grant 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 11009) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$292.51

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for Travel Retail. This was launched in honor of Alan Winchester, who has been master distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve 1l
49
$60.23

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
2
$50.70

Cu Dhub Black

70cl, 40%
The Speyside

Pronounced 'Kaddoo', Cu Dhub Black is a slightly honeyed, thick, smoky offering from the Speyside distillery.  More info

Cu Dhub Black
17
$38.48

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
61
$43.67

Glen Moray 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Matured in Chenin Blanc wine barrels, a 16 year old whisky from the Glen Moray distillery,.  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old
10
$47.54

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
1
$165.51

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
26
$44.28

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
46
$38.30

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
6
$36.66

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
19
$49.35

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
97
$49.35

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release

70cl, 47.30%
Balvenie

This is the 2014 release of Balvenie's 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks selected by David Stewart, Balvenie's Malt Master. Previous…  More info

Balvenie 30 Year Old 2014 Release
1
$820.20

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$55.53

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The third darkest and third most expensive bottling in the no age statement, sherry matured 1824 Series from The Macallan. Sienna is a naturally occuring pigment, referring not only to the hue of…  More info

The Macallan Sienna - 1824 Series
24
$73.53

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A 15 year old from BenRiach. This Speysider was initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in casks from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain,…  More info

BenRiach 15 Year Old (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish)
6
$53.57

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

70cl, 54.60%
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)
$114.75

Kininvie 23 Year Old 1991 (Batch 3)

35cl, 42.60%
Kininvie

Kininvie continues to release their single malt under their name, much to the joy of curious whisky enthusiasts everywhere. This is the third batch of Kininvie, a 23 year old single malt which was…  More info

Kininvie 23 Year Old 1991 (Batch 3)
$145.03

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