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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 Deveron 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

A 10 year old from the MacDuff distillery, bottled as Glen Deveron.  More info

Glen Deveron 10 Year Old
1
$34.64

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glenfarclas

The producers recommend this as an aperitif whisky. It certainly offers more complexity than you'd expect from a 10 year old dram. A lovely, delicate whisky from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old
17
$34.67

BenRiach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
BenRiach

Launched in April 2015, the release of BenRiach 10 Year Old marks a milestone in The BenRiach Distillery Company's ownership. For the first time we have a core bottling created predominantly with…  More info

BenRiach 10 Year Old
7
$34.67

Strathisla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Strathisla

This is a new edition of the Chivas malt Strathisla 12 year old, a fruity and sherry-rich single malt from Speyside.  More info

Strathisla 12 Year Old
24
$34.87

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
51
$34.93

Benrinnes 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A single cask Benrinnes single malt, distilled in 2008. It was bottled in 2016 at 7 years old by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range, with 325 bottles produced.  More info

Benrinnes 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$35.25

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old
21
$35.42

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A recent release edition from Glenfiddich, this was aged for 14 years before a finish in new American and Spanish oak casks. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish…  More info

Glenfiddich Rich Oak
48
$36.03

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

70cl, 48%
BenRiach

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info

BenRiach Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
9
$36.19

The Deveron 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Macduff

From Macduff distillery, this is a single malt you may know as Glen Deveron, but a new range of expressions and new packaging in September 2015 also saw a change of name to The Deveron. This is the…  More info

The Deveron 12 Year Old
2
$36.32

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$36.32

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

Independently bottled single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, well-known around MoM Towers for having loads of lovely berry notes. This was distilled in November 2007, aged in a refill hogshead…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11065) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.40

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing the 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
152
$36.78

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
8
$36.92

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This is a independent bottling of 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Aultmore distillery, drawn from 2 casks which were filled in 2010. The casks were opened and the whisky was bottled in…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$37.22

Tamdhu 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tamdhu

The new 10 year old, All Sherry Tamdhu. Retro bottle. Very cool.  More info

Tamdhu 10 Year Old
13
$37.47

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Released as part of the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels, this is a 2005 vintage Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky. It was bottled in 2015 at 43% ABV, featuring retro-styled labels - we do love…  More info

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$37.47

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002

70cl, 43%
Knockando

Here's the 2002 vintage 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery. A very elegant Speysider, with plenty of fruit and cereal at its centre - a tasty aperitif single malt.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2002
$37.84

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

A heavily peated malt for a Speyside distillery, bottled at higher proof, Old Ballantruan is an unusually peated single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Old Ballantruan 'The Peated Malt'
9
$38.17

Benromach 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old
24
$38.31

Glenglassaugh Revival

70cl, 46%
Glenglassaugh

This is the first chance to try whisky produced by the recently re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery. It was closed in 1986 but resumed production in 2008. This revival bottling is the first whisky to…  More info

Glenglassaugh Revival
5
$38.31

Cragganmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cragganmore

A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info

Cragganmore 12 Year Old
43
$38.40

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

Distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016, this peated Benromach (67ppm) was matured in first fill bourbon barrels and was bottled at 46% abv. Sounds pretty good already, right?  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2016)
$38.53

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 43%
Benromach

An Organic single malt Scotch whisky from the Benromach distillery, which was distilled in 2010, matured in virgin oak casks and bottled in 2016. A popular expression from the distillery in…  More info

Benromach Organic 2010 (bottled 2016)
$38.86

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside, aged in a refill hogshead and distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016. This is a release of 397 bottled from the Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$38.93

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