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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.

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

70cl, 40.0%
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
42
$35.35

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish

70cl, 46.0%
Tomintoul

15 year old whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, finish in Port casks to impart some sweet, juicy, fragrant notes to the Speyside single malt. Ace.  More info

Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish
1
$71.51

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

50cl, 52.5%
Benrinnes

This right here is the 3rd batch of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been bottled at 52.5% ABV.…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$70.25

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
BenRiach

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

BenRiach 16 Year Old
3
$56.46

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

100cl, 43.0%
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
4
$75.65

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.4%
Cragganmore

23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the…  More info

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1418) - Mackillop's Choice
$189.23

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
BenRiach

Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old
17
$34.76

Glenglassaugh Revival

70cl, 46.0%
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
5
$37.59

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.7%
The Macallan

An exceptional rare Single Cask Macallan matured in teeny tiny 50 litre casks. Just 67 bottles were produced!  More info

Macallan 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 724713) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$204.14

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002

70cl, 43.0%
Knockando

Here's the 2002 vintage 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery. A very elegant Speysider, with plenty of fruit and cereal at its centre - a tasty aperitif single malt.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002
1
$37.13

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic

70cl, 44.0%
Glenglassaugh

A mid-2016 release from the glorious Glenglassaugh distillery, matured in Octave casks! These tiny casks (about 1/8th of the size of a regular butt cask) offer a greater surface area to volume ratio,…  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic
$60.39

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood

70cl, 46.0%
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
2
$40.38

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46.0%
Ardmore

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Ardmore Tradition is a peated single malt which is initially aged in American oak barrels before being transferred over to quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Tradition 1l
$50.58

Linkwood 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
Linkwood

Distilled at Linkwood in 1972 and aged for 34 years in sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Linkwood 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)
2
$411.00

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43.0%
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
2
$52.53

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40.0%
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
87
$43.13

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 48.8%
BenRiach

A BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their 13th batch of single cask bottlings. This one (a 37 year old) was given a finishing period in a Tawny Port hogshead before being…  More info

BenRiach 37 Year Old 1978 (cask 3114) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$475.78

Benromach 15 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
Benromach

A 2015 release to the brilliant Benromach range. The Benromach 15 Year Old is matured in a selection of bourbon and Sherry casks, resulting in an intense but balanced flavour profile. There's big…  More info

Benromach 15 Year Old
1
$53.90

Cragganmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
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
33
$37.68

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43.0%
Glen Moray

A 1988 vintage, 25 year old Glen Moray single malt, which has been treated to a Port cask finish before bottling. Comes with a handsome presentation box and a scroll, which is lovely, because we…  More info

Glen Moray 25 Year Old 1988 Port Cask Finish
1
$129.79

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 65.4%
Aultmore

This isn't the first time we've bottled a 5 year old Aultmore for our Single Cask Series, nor is it the first time that whisky from this distillery has shown so well at such a relatively young age.…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$70.25

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.3%
Glenfarclas

Another incredible Family Cask release from Glenfarclas' enviable inventory and Single Cask Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016! Just 159 bottles were produced from the ex-Sherry…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$4320.86

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)
$102.69

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)
$77.82

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured

70cl, 43.0%
Knockando

An age statement single malt from Knockando that also carries a vintage, as they like to do. This is the 1995 vintage of their 'Slow Matured' 18 year old, matured in Sherry casks.  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1995 Slow Matured
$66.26

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