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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.

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 8172) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 53.8%
Glenrothes

An indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask for 26 years - from October 1989 to August 2016. 241 bottles were produced for Speciality Drinks' Single Malts of…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 8172) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$124.80

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

70cl, 61.5%
The Glenlivet

Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held heavily peated (Speyside peat, as we understand it) Scotch whisky. This third no age statement Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
4
$52.82

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
Glenrothes

Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a fabulous little travel retail exclusive, named for European of Spanish oak, Quercus Robur. This is aged with a good proportion of first fill Oloroso sherry casks…  More info

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l
14
$69.01

Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11489) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%
The Macallan

An independently bottled Macallan single malt, aged for 25 years in one refill hogshead! This was distilled in the Speyside region in March 1991 and bottled in November 2016 by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Macallan 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11489) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$504.97

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

One of the many vintages of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky bottled by the folks from Gordon & MacPhail, presented with a handsome retro label. This one was distilled in 2004 and left alone…  More info

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$41.48

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition

70cl, 42.8%
The Macallan

Released for the travel retail market, The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition was crafted by Bob Dalgarno, Macallan's distillery manager, using whisky drawn from a combination of Sherry and bourbon…  More info

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition
2
$95.26

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

50cl, 54.1%
Tomintoul

Say hello to the second batch of Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Once again, it's a Boutique-y label with a cocktail recipe on it - this one coming from…  More info

Tomintoul - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$77.65

Benromach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old
21
$38.02

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
45
$40.29

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
39
$39.21

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A recent release edition from Glenfiddich, this was aged for 14 years before a finish in new American and Spanish oak casks. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish…  More info

Glenfiddich Rich Oak
45
$41.36

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.4%
Benrinnes

Here we see one of our very own Master of Malt Single Cask Series bottlings - an 18 year old Benrinnes! It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a bourbon cask until March 2016. We…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$102.46

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof

70cl, 57%
Benromach

Ooh, Benromach 10 year old bottled at a significantly higher strength - 100° Proof (more commonly known as 57% ABV these days). Intense and flavourful, with a good whack of smoke and Sherried malt at…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof
9
$52.91

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.6%
Strathmill

A 24 year old Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky joins our Single Cask Series! This one was distilled back in October 1990 and left to age in a single Sherry cask until August 2015, when we bottled…  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1990 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$132.69

Aberlour 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this 10 year old from Aberlour remains a perennial favourite, typical of the modern Speyside style and thoroughly approachable. Such is its…  More info

Aberlour 10 Year Old
93
$28.96

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve was introduced to the Speyside distillery's core range in 2014, and it's definitely one for the Sherry lovers out there, as this is the first single malt from…  More info

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
2
$59.17

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43%
Speyside

Beinn Dubh (pronounced 'Ben doo' and meaning Black Mountain) is a thick, incredibly dark whisky produced at the Speyside distillery.  More info

Beinn Dubh The Black
5
$53.78

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
14
$49.90

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%
Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown is back, and it's continuing to run amok around the peaceful streets! Yes, it's the third bottling of Mortlach single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$101.39

The Macallan M - 1824 Series

70cl, 44.5%
The Macallan

The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an…  More info

The Macallan M - 1824 Series
2
$3,561.31

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 1) Lustau Sherry Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 55.2%
Glenrothes

A delicious release from the Glenrothes Wine Merchant's Collection range (each of which has been finished in different types of cask from top producers). This whisky was finished in a cask that was…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 1) Lustau Sherry Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$205.45

Glentauchers 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.8%
Glentauchers

Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Glentauchers was revealed in April 2016 when it was announced that all Boutique-y whiskies would henceforth carry age statements for greater transparency.…  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$86.27

Glen Grant 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A gentle, delicate 10 year old single malt, a great beginner's whisky from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info

Glen Grant 10 Year Old
27
$32.74

BenRiach Peated Cask Strength - Batch 1

70cl, 56%
BenRiach

The first release from BenRiach's Peated Cask Strength series (in the same vein as their unpeated Cask Strength releases) is made with whiskies drawn from Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels.  More info

BenRiach Peated Cask Strength - Batch 1
$63.49

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Delicious BenRiach 16 Year Old, now at 43% abv with smart new packaging. Great stuff.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old
4
$56.33

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