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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.

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

50cl, 51.10%
Glenlossie

Estimated despatch 28th September 25 year old whisky from Glenlossie, bottled by That boutique-y Whisky Company! Glenlossie is home to some onion-shaped stills, though it looks like the Boutique-y…  More info

Glenlossie 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$140.55

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

An independent bottling of 1998 vintage Macallan single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's extensive Speymalt series. This was bottled at 43% ABV in 2016.  More info

Macallan 1998 (bottled 2016) - Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
$63.79

Aberlour 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

This rich, spicy 18 year old from Aberlour was only released for general consumption in 2008, prior to this it had only been produced for the French market.  More info

Aberlour 18 Year Old
29
$90.62

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

Aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in first fill European oak Sherry casks, DoubleWood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
150
$39.89

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
The Glenlivet

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
82
$62.73

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Balvenie

Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
54
$91.70

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas’ stunning new 40 year old whisky launched during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2010, and not only is it absolutely astonishing, it is also amazing value for money! It offers all…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
23
$692.17

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX

70cl, 47%
Glenfiddich

The second release in Glenfiddich's Experimental Series is their Project XX expression, which was made not simply by one Malt Master, but 20! 20 Malt Masters were invited to the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX
$52.94

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

If you like sherried whisky, you will love this super 25 year old from Glenfarclas. It oozes noble blood and devastating class.  More info

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old
32
$129.53

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95…  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
88
$49.17

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
82
$75.50

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
107
$40.92

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
50
$139.94

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Initially matured in refill American oak barrels, this 17 year old from BenRiach spent a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera.  More info

BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
$71.20

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
122
$53.94

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

70cl, 60.90%
Aberlour

Another A'Bunadh! An incredibly popular series of well-Sherried whiskies from the Aberlour distillery in the Highlands, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at generous ABVs. Batch #55…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
6
$50.66

Dailuaine 22 Year Old 1973 - Rare Malts 20cl

20cl, 61.80%
Dailuaine

Beautifully rich and intensely malty Dailuaine, distilled in 1973 and bottled at the ripe old age of 22 years for Diageo's Rare Malts range. Cask strength and very rich.  More info

Dailuaine 22 Year Old 1973 - Rare Malts 20cl

Macallan 17 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
The Macallan

This was distilled at Macallan in 1992 and it was aged in sherry casks for 17 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of 1,000 bottles.  More info

Macallan 17 Year Old 1992 (Murray McDavid)

Glenlivet 1943 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This Glenlivet was aged for an extraordinary 55 years in a refill sherry cask (cask number 120). Distilled in 1943, during the war, and unsurprisingly chosen by the directors at Gordon & MacPhail for…  More info

Glenlivet 1943 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$4680.01

Macallan 12 Year Old 1997 (cask 5745) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
The Macallan

This was distilled at Macallan in the Autumn of 1997. It was then aged for 12 years in refill hogshead number 5745 before bottling by Douglas Laing in the Winter of 2010.  More info

Macallan 12 Year Old 1997 (cask 5745) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old Single Cask “for the chaps at Master of Malt”

70cl, 50%
Glenfarclas

We’ve teamed up with the guys over at Glenfarclas to bring you this absolutely stunning single cask, 50 year old whisky. This is one-of-a-kind bottling, as evidenced by the bottling number "decanter…  More info

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old Single Cask “for the chaps at Master of Malt”

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

20cl, 45.90%
The Glenlivet

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45.90%
The Glenlivet

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)
96

Aberlour 19 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.90%
Aberlour

Some lovely rare single cask Aberlour here! This was bottled by Signatory and left at natural cask strength. Part of a release of 228 bottles matured in hogshead.  More info

Aberlour 19 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenfarclas 1994 Family Cask

70cl, 59.60%
Glenfarclas

The most recent vintage in the Family Cask collection, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in a sherry butt. A citrussy, spicy Glenfarclas. Bottled on the 30th April 2010, this is part of a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 Family Cask

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