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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.

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 43.90%
Glenglassaugh

Part of the second batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh distillery, this extraordinary 40 year old malt was and finished in a single Massandra Madeira puncheon hand selected by Billy Walker…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 2180) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
1
$692.14

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016, presented in bottled with wonderfully retro labels...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail
$55.96

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.70%
Strathmill

A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$106.52

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 51.80%
The Glenlivet

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, matured in a single hogshead (cask 142608), this release is named after the hill above the distillery where the local gallows were located.  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Gallow - Single Cask Edition
$287.31

Glenrothes Minister's Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve is on the higher end of their Travel Retail range, made with well-matured single malt, most of which was aged in Spanish oak casks. An excellent expression,…  More info

Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
$195.60

Tomintoul 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

This 14 year old has been bottled at a higher strength to previous Tomintoul releases. This has helped bring out more of the flavour, and the character of the dram.  More info

Tomintoul 14 Year Old
10
$50.03

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
$419.35

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.60%
Glenrothes

25 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This was distilled back in June 1990 and bottled in June 2015 with an outturn of 285 bottles. This comes to us via…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10784) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$273.56

Macallan 1989 (bottled 2015) (cask 15067) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 47.80%
The Macallan

A 1989 vintage Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by German bottler Malts of Scotland. They've got their hands on a good Macallan here - it distilled in 1989, aged in a single…  More info

Macallan 1989 (bottled 2015) (cask 15067) - Malts of Scotland
$422.64

Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info

Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
5
$73.30

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.90%
The Glenlivet

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$245.01

Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Matured in a mixture of Spanish Sherry oak and American oak casks, this whisky has developed a great deal of…  More info

Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)
1
$423.80

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 12 year old from the Tomintoul distillery. This was matured in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask
11
$43.90

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
58
$61.05

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2015)
$44.04

Longmorn - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52%
Longmorn

This right here is the first batch of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky which has been independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! On the label you get a peek at the inside of the…  More info

Longmorn - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$164.09

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

100cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

A 1 litre bottling of 18 year old Glenfarclas single malt initially released for travel retail, broaching the gap between the excellent 15 and 21 year olds.  More info

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old
3
$85.69

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 35cl
3
$22.83

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
$56.29

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2

70cl, 50.30%
Balvenie

Ooh, the second batch of Balvenie Tun 1509 is here! The follow-up to the distillery's incredibly popular Tun 1401 series, Tun 1509 is made with a bigger marrying tun and continues to be absolutely…  More info

Balvenie Tun 1509 - Batch 2
5
$489.95

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Tomintoul have marked the fiftieth anniversary of spirit flowing from its stills with this stunning release composed of whiskies from each decade. Casks were chosen from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and…  More info

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary
$306.26

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This classic Speyside from Glenfiddich was the Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
140
$35.93

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.30%
Cragganmore

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt distilled in April 1985 and independently bottled in October 2015 by the folks at Hunter Laing. The Old & Rare Platinum range is…  More info

Cragganmore 30 Year Old 1985 (bottled 2015) - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$362.46

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Septendecim
4
$65.33

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Released as part of the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels, this is a 2005 vintage Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky. It was bottled in 2015 at 43% ABV, featuring retro-styled labels - we do love…  More info

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$41.65

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