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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.

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 56.3%
Glen Moray

This is an independent bottling of 21 year old single malt from the Glen Moray distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled by the ever-brilliant Berry Bros. & Rudd, as part of their Berry's…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1994 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$165.82

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.9%
Allt-á-Bhainne

Dancing cows? House of Pain? A river full of milk?! It must be That Boutique-y Whisky Company's second independent bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky! The Whisky Squad are on the…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$82.92

Aultmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Dewer's 'The Last Great Malts' range was unveiled in 2014, and with it came this 25 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky. Not afraid to show its age, this expression is packed with baked…  More info

Aultmore 25 Year Old
$331.28

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Macduff distillery, aged for 8 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and left alone until 2016, when it was bottled by Langside for their…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$39.94

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from 2008 to 2015. It was then bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny range - a sweet, cakey Craigellachie...  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$36.65

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Strathmill

Single cask Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. One fateful day in January 1993, cask #10585 was filled with the Strathmill spirit, which matured…  More info

Strathmill 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10585) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$91.33

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$63.77

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
2
$36.31

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve (previously known as the Alba Reserve) is made exclusively with whisky which has matured in ex-bourbon casks. Load of classic vanilla and honey notes all the way…  More info

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve
$44.67

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)

70cl, 47.7%
Strathmill

A single cask bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in March 1992 and bottled in July 2014 for the Beinn a'Cheò range by the Scottish Liqueur Centre. Those unfamiliar with…  More info

Strathmill 22 Year Old 1992 (bottled 2014) (cask 10925) - Beinn a'Cheò (Scottish Liqueur Centre)
$98.75

Glen Spey 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Spey

Distilled at Glen Spey in 1995, aged in refill American hogshead before bottling in 2008 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$80.70

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12819) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Moray

This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Glen Moray single malt, aged for 21 years in a single refill hogshead. Back in March 1995, it was distilled and set aside to age until August 2016, when Hunter…  More info

Glen Moray 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 12819) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$88.04

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12308) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glenallachie

A 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which was aged in a single bourbon barrel from 1992 to 2016. 125 bottles were produced for The First Editions range by Hunter…  More info

Glenallachie 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 12308) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$97.31

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection

70cl, 51.8%
Glenfiddich

An official single cask bottling from Glenfiddich, hand selected by Brian Kinsman for the Rare Collection. The single American oak hogshead was filled on 13th April 1979 and bottled on 18th August…  More info

Glenfiddich 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 11138) - Rare Collection
$1,918.98

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.7%
Cragganmore

Limited to 4,932 bottles, this is Cragganmore's sixth appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases. The only no age statement whisky from 2016's releases, it was matured in American oak hogsheads…  More info

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)
$414.91

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing distillery. Bottled in batches…  More info

Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
$55.32

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.1%
Tamdhu

A new release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, presented by la Maison Du Whisky as part of their The Ten range. This one is #08 - the range goes from #00 to #10, with their…  More info

Tamdhu 2006 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #08 (La Maison du Whisky)
$62.41

Spey Royal - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glen Spey

Rescued from the jaws of time, this is a rare 1970s bottling of Spey Royal, a classic blended Scotch whisky produced at the Glen Soey distillery. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Spey Royal - 1970s
$149.37

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$63.10

Glen Moray 16 Year Old - Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

A rare 1980s bottling of 16 year old Glen Moray that features a historic Scottish Highland regiment as part of the Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments range. The regiment on this tin is the…  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old - Scotland's Historic Highland Regiments - 1980s
$124.47

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 59.7%
Macduff

A 12 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a Sherry butt from August 2002 to July 2015 before being bottled at cask strength for Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range. 648 bottles were…  More info

Macduff 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 900258) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$78.68

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 52.3%
Dufftown

The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of the reill American Oak…  More info

The Singleton of Dufftown 28 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)
$288.28

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$48.71

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of the 'Beast of Dufftown' - Mortlach! This was distilled in 2007 and set aside to mature in a single bourbon barrel for 8 years before being bottled by Langside for their Hepburn's…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.27

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1998 vintage Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, which was drawn from refill Sherry hogshead by the stalwart indie…  More info

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.69

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