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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.

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)
$72.09

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)
$72.09

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)
$72.14

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)
$72.19

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)
$72.36

SPEY Chairman’s Choice

70cl, 40%
The Speyside

A handsome presentation of the SPEY Chairman's Choice single malt Scotch whisky. It comes from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh, who bought the distillery in 2012. The…  More info

SPEY Chairman’s Choice
1
$72.55

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

Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
5
$72.83

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
56
$72.87

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 308891) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.20%
Glenallachie

6 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, presented for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 following a short finishing period in a Sherry Octave cask,…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 308891) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$72.96

Glen Moray 12 Year Old - Post 1999

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

We think that this bottle of Glen Moray 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced post 1999 - though it sadly hasn't been well looked after, as the label seems to have torn in places.…  More info

Glen Moray 12 Year Old - Post 1999
$73.04

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Balmenach

14 year old single malt from Balmenach, a distillery that you don't see an awful not of single malt from, as much of it goes into blends. However, indie bottlers like the Hunter Laing chaps do…  More info

Balmenach 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 12129) - The Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.09

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Macduff

This sweet, spicy single malt was distilled by Macduff in December 1999 and left to age in a refill butt until May 2014. At 14 years of age, Douglas Laing decided this sweetly spiced single malt…  More info

Macduff 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10358) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.21

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

70cl, 45.10%
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)
$73.24

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

Released as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill butt for 14 years until it was bottled at 50% ABV. It was distilled…  More info

Craigellachie 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10892) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.44

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A Classic Malts & Food gift pack, containing a 70cl bottle of Knockando 18 Year Old along with 2 tasting glasses and a recipe booklet, which should help inspire you with pairing the whisky and some…  More info

Knockando 18 Year Old 1994 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$73.46

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$74.00

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Ardmore

This is an independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads from 1996 to 2013. Filled with red fruit, green apple and cracked black pepper notes, and a good…  More info

Ardmore 1996 (bottled 2013) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$75.27

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 64.30%
Glenallachie

It's not very often you get to see Glenallachie as a single malt, so of course we went ahead and bottled some as part of our Single Cask Series! This is a 6 year old Glenallachie, matured in a refill…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$75.42

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Mannochmore

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mannochmore distilled in 1994 - a phrase we like to say not only because it rhymes, but also because it means tasty Mannochmore whisky! This Connoisseurs Choice…  More info

Mannochmore 1994 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$75.42

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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

Single cask Braeval, yum yum yum! This little rascal comes to us from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. it was distilled in September 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead. 16 years later,…  More info

Braeval 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10280) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$75.42

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.10%
Glen Grant

A 16 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest independent bottlers in Scotland. 504 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Grant 16 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$75.49

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info

BenRiach 1997 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$75.52

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 47.10%
BenRiach

19 year old single malt from a well loved Speyside distillery - BenRiach! This one was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2015 by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch range. 558 bottles were produced.  More info

BenRiach 19 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$75.94

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l

100cl, 40%
Aberlour

A litre bottle of 15 year old Aberlour, this was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l
3
$76.01

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
$76.01

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