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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.

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55%
Tamdhu

An A. D. Rattray bottling of 7 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry cask. It was distilled by Tamdhu in January 2008 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of just…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$59.98

Craigellachie 23 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch,…  More info

Craigellachie 23 Year Old
$398.03

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 54.40%
Macduff

From the Pearls of Scotland range of independently bottled whiskies comes this single cask Macduff single malt. Cask #5232 was laid down in Autumn 1997 and opened up in Autumn of 2013, producing 300…  More info

Macduff 1997 (cask 5232) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company) (bottled 2013)
$102.59

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 43.30%
Glenfarclas

This is a 1955 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Family Cask range. After a lengthy slumber in a Sherry butt, this release was bottled in June 2013 with an outturn of 507 bottles. It's…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release
$4033.01

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glentauchers

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, matured in a single refill barrel for 18 long years. In February 1996, the whisky was distilled and lovingly placed inside said refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11149) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$89.32

Singleton of Dufftown Artisan 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Artisan is one of the Singleton of Dufftown's single malts originally released for Travel Retail. At the top of their range, this expression enjoys a finishing period in hand-selected Pedro…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Artisan 1l
1
$110.48

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 9408) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%
Glen Moray

This is a twenty year old Glen Moray bottled at cask-strength for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info

Glen Moray 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 9408) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$101.33

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.20%
Longmorn

From WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range comes a 1990 vintage Longmorn single malt, matured for 24 years in bourbon barrels. It was distilled by Longmorn in Speyside in 1990 and eventually bottled in…  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$96.26

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this is an 11 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt, until 2014, when it was…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$55.08

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 898301) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.40%
Glenlossie

Discover the wonders of what tiny casks can do to a whisky with this Duncan Taylor Octave bottling of 22 year old Glenlossie. It distilled in 1992 and was treated to a finishing period of 7 months in…  More info

Glenlossie 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 898301) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$132.44

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.80%
Glenfarclas

One of the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1982 and matured in a plain hogshead cask until July 2014. It was bottled as part of their Autumn 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$473.67

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$74.73

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Strathmill

This Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky is 21 years old as it was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in October 2013. 294 bottles were produced for Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask.  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 10122)- Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$112.93

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 1952 distilled Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. A rich dram of the Sherried Speyside school.  More info

Glen Grant 1952 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1827.35

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2000 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.70%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old, 2000 vintage, single cask Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor. This was bottled at natural cask strength for the Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for increased…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2000 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$91.54

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1981 (cask 5094) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

This single cask release of Miltonduff single malt was matured for a massive 31 years before it was bottled with an outrun of 189 bottles for The Duncan Taylor Single range. Looking to keep on…  More info

Miltonduff 31 Year Old 1981 (cask 5094) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$405.74

Glenrothes Manse Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenrothes Manse Reserve is made with whisky drawn mostly from American oak casks, with a helping of Sherry oak cask whisky too. Lots of fruit notes running…  More info

Glenrothes Manse Reserve
1
$60.23

Floral Trellis 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Tormore)

70cl, 46%
Tormore

A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the picturesque Tormore distillery in Speyside, bottled by Wemyss. It aged in a single barrel from 1988 to 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Floral Trellis 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Tormore)
$141.01

Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.70%
Glenrothes

A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay. This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them…  More info

Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$1001.43

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A bottle of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled a year after the distillery changed their name from Braes of Glenlivet. Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range of…  More info

Braeval 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$80.16

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Single cask Sherried Glenrothes, matured in a refill Sherry butt for 10 years. It was put into said Sherry butt by the distillers in Speyside in spring 2004 and left to mature until autumn 2014, when…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$70.31

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2002 (outturn: 761 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 11 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt from 2002 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 761 bottles by Langside for their Hepburn's Choice range.  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2002 (outturn: 761 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.04

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.10%
Macduff

16 year old Macduff single malt, lovingly finished in a tiny octave cask. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2015 at 55.1% ABV. This comes to us via Duncan Taylor's Octave range, and just 68…  More info

Macduff 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 587439) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$115.39

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.50%
Miltonduff

Hurrah for Miltonduff whisky! Lovely stuff! This bottling of their single malt comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range, and was matured in a single cask from June 1990 to March 2014 (23…  More info

Miltonduff 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 9735) - Mackillop's Choice
$140.19

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

70cl, 48%
Tormore

A lovely gift pack containing two tasting glasses as well as a bottle of Tormore 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. It's matured in bourbon barrels and bottled without chill-filtration at a…  More info

Tormore 16 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses
$83.42

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