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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.

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 57

70cl, 60.7%
Aberlour

Excellent single malt Scotch whisky from Aberlour - it's the 57th batch of their A'Bunadh expression! These releases are made with whisky drawn from Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 57
2
$48.64

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

A Sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group.  More info

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
78
$72.49

The Macallan Edition No.2

70cl, 48.2%
The Macallan

The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (named Best Restaurant in the World…  More info

The Macallan Edition No.2
4
$79.80

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
79
$38.37

The Macallan Rare Cask

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Rare Cask single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the UK in mid 2015, after being launched in the US in late 2014. It's comprised of whiskies drawn from 16 different Sherry cask…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask
16
$196.80

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.  More info

Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish
48
$134.37

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Introduced in 2016 (along with a 12 Year Old expression), this 18 Year Old Glen Grant delivers gorgeous notes of vanilla, nuts and caramel. This was named Jim Murray's Second Finest Whisky in the…  More info

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition
2
$113.15

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavour. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable…  More info

Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
117
$51.79

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 43.5%
The Macallan

Another batch of Macallan single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The second batch to carry an age statement - a full 29 years on this occasion - the label once again features the…  More info

Macallan 29 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
5
$571.13

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Part of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series comes a single malt which was finished for three months in casks which previously held IPA! Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
6
$46.68

Glen Keith 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%
Glen Keith

A 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - once again adorned with the chaps off of the Edinburgh Whisky Blog!…  More info

Glen Keith 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$109.00

Glenrothes 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%
Glenrothes

A 25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This'll be perfect for raising a toast to ghost with - it's a tradition to toast to…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$124.57

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 19020) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenrothes

A Signatory bottling of 26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, aged in a hogshead cask from September 1990 to January 2017. Following that, it was bottled at cask…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 19020) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$92.77

The Macallan 56 Year Old 1946 (bottled 2002) - Fine & Rare

70cl, 44.3%
The Macallan

A 1946 vintage Macallan single malt, bottled in 2002 and released as part of their Fine & Rare range - a selection of whiskies that span Macallan's extensive history. Aged for 56 years, this whisky…  More info

The Macallan 56 Year Old 1946 (bottled 2002) - Fine & Rare
$21,804.81

Glenfarclas 2007 (bottled 2014) (casks 13 & 14) - 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

A limited edition bottling of Glefarclas single malt, drawn from a pair of casks which were laid down in 2007 and bottled in 2014. Glenfarclas released this whisky in collaboration with the Stirling…  More info

Glenfarclas 2007 (bottled 2014) (casks 13 & 14) - 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn
$101.47

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 13004) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 52.4%
Glenfarclas

From the Winter 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' Family Cask series comes a 1989 vintage single malt which was aged in Sherry butt #13004 from 1989 to August 2015. 625 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 13004) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$265.83

The Macallan Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
The Macallan

The final release in Macallan's extraordinary Six Pillars Collection, presented in an exquisite Lalique crystal decanter. Matured for 65 years in ex-Sherry casks, this is one of the oldest single…  More info

The Macallan Lalique Peerless Spirit 65 Year Old

The Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2013) (cask 11485)

70cl, 42.9%
Glenrothes

This handsome bottle right here is a 1969 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single refill hogshead. Just 133 beautifully presented bottles were produced. A sight to behold.  More info

The Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2013) (cask 11485)
$4,149.90

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)

70cl, 41.9%
Glenrothes

A 1968 vintage Glenrothes single malt, presented as part of their incredibly stylish Extraordinary Cask Collection. The cask which matured this incredible whisky was a second-fill remade hogshead,…  More info

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)
$5,603.82

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set

350cl, 53.7%
Balvenie

This is the start of something big. Massive, some might say. This is Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium, an incredible set of 25 bottles of Balvenie single malt celebrating the work of…  More info

Balvenie The DCS Compendium Chapter One - The Complete Set
3
$29,886.55

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2009) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Breathtakingly well-aged Macallan from Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2009.  More info

Macallan 1950 (bottled 2009) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenallachie 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 5240) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenallachie

Single malt from the Glenallachie distillery, matured for 18 years in a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in October 1996 and independently bottled in April 2015 by Signatory.  More info

Glenallachie 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 5240) (Signatory)

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 6473+6474) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, drawn from two consecutive hogshead casks. These were filled in June 1995 and left to age the whisky for 19 years before…  More info

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 6473+6474) (Signatory)

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Aultmore

A 1974 vintage Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the very popular Diageo Rare Malts range. It was allowed to mature for 21 years before it was bottled at a generous 60.9%…  More info

Aultmore 21 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts
$519.20

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 17159) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.9%
Longmorn

A Càrn Mòr bottling of 24 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the wonderful Celebration of the Cask range. This was distilled by Longmorn back in December 1988 and set…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 17159) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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