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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.

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.80%
Ardmore

Something very interesting here - a 10 year old peated Speysider! This Ardmore single malt was distilled 16th March 2006 and emerged from a single barrel on 11th May 2016. The outturn was 182 litres.  More info

Ardmore 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$81.07

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.70%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$539.72

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.40%
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
$48.62

Aberlour 23 Year Old September 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53%
Aberlour

A deliciously buttery Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 23 years in a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in Speyside in September 1992 and bottled by us in February 2016, joining our…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old September 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$138.39

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.50%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
$3373.27

The Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition

70cl, 42.80%
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
1
$87.56

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

Estimated despatch 28th September That Boutique-y Whisky Company have independently bottled another fantastic Linkwood single malt, and this time, it's got an age statement! This is a delicious 26…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$129.74

Speyside 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.40%
Speyside

A Speyside from Speyside. A single malt Scotch from the Speyside distillery located in the famous Speyside region, that is. The very definition of meta! It's not precisely what you'll find if you…  More info

Speyside 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$58.35

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
105
$26.17

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
31
$32.33

BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

This 21 year old malt is part of BenRiach's Wood Finish or Cask Finish range, where whiskies mature in refill American oak casks before spending a finishing period in a more active wine or fortified…  More info

BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Cask Finish
$117.00

Cardhu 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

A well-aged Cardhu, this 18 year old Speyside single malt retains its characteristic gentle nature allied with greater complexity and richness.  More info

Cardhu 18 Year Old
$80.37

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

Distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016, this peated Benromach (67ppm) was matured in first fill bourbon barrels and was bottled at 46% abv. Sounds pretty good already, right?  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)
1
$37.81

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
19
$47.41

Benriach 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 5462) - Peated, Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 53.80%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky distilled in November 1976 and matured for over 39 years! Finished in a single Tawny Port hogshead the outturn was 291 extraordinary bottles in June 2016.  More info

Benriach 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 5462) - Peated, Tawny Port Cask Finish
$648.97

The Macallan Oscuro

70cl, 46.50%
The Macallan

A beautiful, extremely limited edition Macallan released for travel retail, Oscuro is made with whisky from 1987 and 1997 and it's sherried and incredibly rich. Please note: We've found that the…  More info

The Macallan Oscuro
7
$811.21

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.50%
Linkwood

A Speyside distillery with a top reputation among blenders, but with very few official bottlings of single malt (essentially only a Flora & Fauna 12 year old). This means that fans must rely on…  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
2
$193.55

Glenfarclas 105

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.  More info

Glenfarclas 105
48
$48.40

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 53.40%
Mannochmore

Estimated despatch October 11th A rare official bottling of Mannochmore here, bottled at natural cask strength as part of the 2016 Diageo Special Releases. Interestingly, it's matured in fresh…  More info

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)
$270.40

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. These are limited edition bottlings, with each bottle being one of…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill
35
$52.28

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

This is the legendary 21 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range - spectacular Speyside whisky aged in both sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak
5
$317.98

Macallan Reflexion

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Reflexion is a superb expression from the legendary distillery in Speyside, created by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno using whiskies matured exclusively in first-fill Sherry seasoned…  More info

Macallan Reflexion
1
$968.04

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger…  More info

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
21
$86.52

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 46.50%
Glenfarclas

Estimated despatch October 10th Drinks by the Dram have introduced an Advent Calendar filled with Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whiskies for 2016! A legend of the Speyside region, the Glenfarclas…  More info

The Glenfarclas Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
$432.59

Tamdhu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tamdhu

The new 10 year old, All Sherry Tamdhu. Retro bottle. Very cool.  More info

Tamdhu 10 Year Old
16
$36.77

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