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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 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

The Cragganmore Distillers Editions spend a finishing period in casks that previously held Port wine, adding extra fruitiness to the whisky. The 2015 release was distilled in 2003.  More info

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition
$61.45

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

An independent bottling of Braeval single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt for 14 years - although you'd never know it from the colour! The colour is of course natural, however, whereas many…  More info

Braeval 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10963) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$61.47

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

A mid-2016 release from the glorious Glenglassaugh distillery, matured in Octave casks! These tiny casks (about 1/8th of the size of a regular butt cask) offer a greater surface area to volume ratio,…  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic
$61.55

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

70cl, 44%
Glenglassaugh

One of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016 which have been matured in tiny octave casks! This one has been distilled using peated barley.  More info

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated
$61.55

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

This is an independently bottled Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 casks and bottled at 14 years old by Càrn Mòr. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016. 768 bottles were…  More info

Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$61.55

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glenrothes

Sherry cask matured Glenrothes from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled February 2005 and disgorged from the single cask in December 2015, the outturn was 715 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.10

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$62.22

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Craigellachie

A single cask Craigellachie single malt packed with rich spice notes, presented by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. This 15 year old Craigellachie was distilled in April 1999, left to…  More info

Craigellachie 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10465) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$62.43

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)

70cl, 58.80%
Tamdhu

A high-strength addition to the Tamdhu range. Tamdhu Batch Strength was introduced in early 2015, boasting a richly Sherried flavour profile owing to the maturation taking place exclusively in…  More info

Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 1)
4
$62.64

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This is an independently bottled Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in the year 1998 and bottled for the…  More info

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$62.64

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
$62.64

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
78
$63.93

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Glentauchers

An 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glentauchers, a cracking distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling was distilled in December 1996 and set aside to mature in a single refill…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10779) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$64.06

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)
$65.01

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by the chaps at Berry Brothers and Rudd. This 14 year old single malt was distilled back in 1999 and set aside to age in…  More info

Linkwood 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 11971) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$65.02

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)
$65.06

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.10%
Balmenach

Released as part of Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 17 year old Balmenach single malt which was drawn from a single cask! Said cask was filled in December…  More info

Balmenach 17 Year Old 1998 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$65.14

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A 12 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in April 2002, set aside to age in a Sherry butt and bottled in August 2015 at 50% ABV. 120…  More info

Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11872) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$65.26

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.70%
Linkwood

A WM Cadenhead independent bottling of 18 year old Linkwood single malt, presented as part of their wonderful Small Batch series.  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$65.28

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.30%
Linkwood

This is a single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Linkwood in 1997, and left to age in bourbon casks for 18 years, until 2015. It was then bottled by WM Cadenhead, a long-running independent whisky…  More info

Linkwood 18 Year Old 1997 (bottled 2015) - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$65.28

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Tamdhu

A nice teenage Tamdhu from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 328 bottles in December 2015.  More info

Tamdhu 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 10994) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$65.33

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 60%
Craigellachie

11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was…  More info

Craigellachie 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 4) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$65.37

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Benrinnes

This is an Old Particular bottling of Benrinnes single malt, distilled in July 1999 and matured in a single Sherry butt. 15 years later, this Sherried Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing with an…  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10460)  - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$65.53

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
5
$65.95

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.  More info

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
61
$65.99

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