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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.

Cragganmore 17 Year Old

70cl, 55.5%
Cragganmore

This 17 year old from the Cragganmore distillery has been matured in American oak and is part of a limited release of just 5,970 bottles, a great Speyside single malt with mochaccino notes and creamy…  More info

Cragganmore 17 Year Old

Cragganmore 1988 Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

A Distillers Edition from Diageo, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1988 and finished in port pipes. Serge Valentin of Whisky Fun rated this 84 points.  More info

Cragganmore 1988 Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
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Convalmore 28 Year Old

70cl, 57.9%
Convalmore

A 28 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling has been released at cask strength and is part of a rare limited edition of just 3,900 bottles.  More info

Convalmore 28 Year Old

Benromach Single Cask Forres Highland Games

70cl, 45.7%
Benromach

A 2000 bottling from the Benromach distillery, celebrating 8 years of the Forres Highland Games, of which Benromach are also a sponsor.  More info

Benromach Single Cask Forres Highland Games

Benromach 1999 Latitude 53

70cl, 53%
Benromach

This is part of a release of three special single cask bottlings which commemorate the association of Benromach and the Glasgow: Scotland with Style Clipper which participated in the Clipper 08-08…  More info

Benromach 1999 Latitude 53

BenRiach 34 Year Old 1970

70cl, 51%
BenRiach

A 34 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1970 and matured in Cask No. 4005, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  More info

BenRiach 34 Year Old 1970

BenRiach 26 Year Old 1978

70cl, 54%
BenRiach

A 26 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1978 and matured in Cask No. 1589, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  More info

BenRiach 26 Year Old 1978

Balvenie Vintage Cask 1968

70cl, 50.8%
Balvenie

Distilled on the 11th June 1968 and bottled on the 19th September 2000, a limited edition of just 180 bottles from cask no. 7294 from the Balvenie distillery.  More info

Balvenie Vintage Cask 1968

Tamnavulin 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tamnavulin

A gentle 12 year old Speyside single malt from the Tamnavulin distillery, drawing its waters from the River Livet.  More info

Tamnavulin 12 Year Old
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Glen Keith 1967 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

Distilled in 1967 at Glen Keith, this was matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info

Glen Keith 1967 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.1%
Linkwood

Released as part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, a 26 year old bottling, distilled in 1975. A rare Speyside malt from Linkwood.  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Macallan 1972 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

Part of Gordon and MacPhail's Speymalt range from The Macallan distillery.  More info

Macallan 1972 - Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Grant 1990 (Gordon and MacPhail)

5cl, 40%
Glen Grant

Distilled in 1990 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in refill bourbon barrels. A very smooth dram from the range.  More info

Glen Grant 1990 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 20

70cl, 61%
Aberlour

The 19th batch of Aberlour A'Bunadh.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 20

Strathisla 1948 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

A rare 1948 vintage from the Keith based distillery, Strathisla, bottled for Gordon and MacPhail under their Rare Old Malt range.  More info

Strathisla 1948 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Benromach 2000 Marsala Wood Finish

70cl, 45%
Benromach

This single malt from the Benromach distillery was distilled in 2000 and has enjoyed thirty-six months in Sicilian wine casks which previously held maturing Marsala. This has proffered a chewy, rich…  More info

Benromach 2000 Marsala Wood Finish

Benrinnes 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

This 1974 was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range following a 10ure in refill sherry hogsheads. The sherried notes are indeed rife with honeyed sweetness and hints of spice.  More info

Benrinnes 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Longmorn 15 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Longmorn

A lovely full-bodied Speysider from the Longmorn distillery, Jim Murray gave this 15 year old 93 points.  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old
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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 19

70cl, 59.9%
Aberlour

The 19th batch of Aberlour A'Bunadh.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 19

Balmenach 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Balmenach

A 17 year old bottling from the Balmenach distillery, a truly superb, sherried Speysider, this 1991 vintage exudes farmy freshness, feint notes and a cereal sweetness with excellent balance…  More info

Balmenach 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Ardmore 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

A smoky, gentled peated Highlander, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and distilled in 1991 at the Ardmore distillery established by William Teacher and Sons.  More info

Ardmore 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

Ardmore 1990 - Gordon and MacPhail

35cl, 43%
Ardmore

A lightly-peated offering from the Highland distillery Ardmore. This was distilled in 1990 and bottled for Gordon and MacPhail with a certain smoothness and a touch of smoke.  More info

Ardmore 1990 - Gordon and MacPhail

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 1.5 litre bottle of the quintessential back bar favourite, Glenfiddich 12 year old.  More info

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 1.5l
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Glen Grant 1953 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Glen Grant

A very dark whisky, aged for 48 years, a well-matured, rare single malt from Glen Grant.  More info

Glen Grant 1953 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Keith 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Keith

A light single malt from the Glen Keith distillery, rather rare.  More info

Glen Keith 10 Year Old

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