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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.

Glenfarclas 1957 (cask 2110) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.30%
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
$4373.70

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated

70cl, 53%
BenRiach

Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outturn of 511 bottles, this is a 40 year old peated BenRiach single malt!  More info

BenRiach 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 7028) - Peated
$620.37

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A heavily sherried 21 year old from the Glenfarclas distillery. This offers loads of depth, a really thick dram and great value for money too.  More info

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
22
$96.09

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
$38.27

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)
$95.19

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask

100cl, 40%
Balvenie

The 12 year old expression in Balvenie's travel retail Triple Cask range is made with whisky matured in three different types of cask, namely first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask
7
$76.58

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.80%
Glenburgie

We love Glenburgie. It tastes like strawberry jam. There's plenty more going on in this tremendous 19 year old single cask bottling of ours though, distilled on 7th June 1995 and bottled 7th April…  More info

Glenburgie 19 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
3
$101.76

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$78.39

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
47
$48.99

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
81
$63.49

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
15
$51.05

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
$87.57

Aberlour 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51%
Aberlour

The excellent Mash Tun whisky bar and hotel in Aberlour proudly features on the label of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Aberlour single malts, which from now on will also feature age statements. As…  More info

Aberlour 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$103.94

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
146
$40.37

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.60%
Mortlach

The carnage continues in Dufftown. Is there a man strapped to that wheel the beast just rolled down the street?! Sparks are flying off of it! Oh, the humanity... It seems he can only be placated by…  More info

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$299.92

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
$700.61

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
34
$52.92

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)
$64.57

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
27
$91.73

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
52
$92.82

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
31
$131.11

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

70cl, 56.10%
Speyside

An 18 year old single cask single malt from the Speyside distillery, drawn from a Sherry butt and bottled by us! This was distilled in May 1997 and bottled in March 2016, with no chill-filtration or…  More info

Speyside 18 Year Old 1997 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$68.92

The Macallan Rare Cask

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

The Macallan Rare Cask single malt Scotch whisky was introduced to the UK in mid 2015, after being launched in the US in late 2014. It's comprised of whiskies drawn from 16 different Sherry cask…  More info

The Macallan Rare Cask
13
$207.47

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
13
$49.21

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
13
$37.22

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