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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.

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)
$35.37

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glen Moray

Single cask Glen Moray distilled in June 2005 and bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range in May 2016. Glen Moray is situated in the Speyside region, which is denoted by the red label within the…  More info

Glen Moray 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11186) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.43

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An indie bottling of 7 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, matured in a refill butt from February 2008 to November 2015. It comes to us as part of the Provenance series, one of…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10995) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$35.44

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)
$35.44

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Tamdhu

An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info

Tamdhu 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$35.88

Glenfarclas Team - The Legend of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

The Legend of Speyside series is a trilogy of collectible bottlings of Glenfarclas single malt released for the German market. This edition honours the team that makes their wonderful whisky, which…  More info

Glenfarclas Team - The Legend of Speyside
$36.00

SPEY Tenné

70cl, 46%
Speyside

The SPEY Tenné is a single malt from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh. It is initially aged in bourbon casks before enjoying a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks,…  More info

SPEY Tenné
2
$36.06

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Balvenie

Aged in refill American oak casks before being finished in first fill European oak Sherry casks, DoubleWood is an excellent example of what the Balvenie distillery can craft, even at 12 years.  More info

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
126
$36.57

Benromach Peat Smoke 2007 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

The 2007 vintage Benromach Peat Smoke, made with barley peated to 67ppm and matured in first fill bourbon barrels. Explore the smoky side of Benromach's malts!  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2007 (bottled 2016)
$36.57

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
45
$36.57

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Allt-a-Bhainne distillery in the Speyside region. This was drawn from a single refill hogshead which was home to the whisky from 2008 to 2015, after…  More info

Allt-a-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10988) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$36.61

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

7 year old single malt from the Glenburgie distillery, matured in but one single refill hogshead. It was distilled in the autumn of 2007 (a year after the distillery increased its number of still…  More info

Glenburgie 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$36.62

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

70cl, 40%
Glenfiddich

A 15 year old matured in American bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak. The whisky was then married in a Solera vat. This is a great staple 15 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery.  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera
58
$36.86

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
39
$36.94

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This is the new no-age-statement Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. Macallan's new range has done away with age-statements and instead focuses on the colour of…  More info

The Macallan Gold - 1824 Series
78
$37.06

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10992) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An 8 year old Inchgower, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range (which was treated to a redesign in early 2016). This was distilled in September 2007 and left to age in a refill hoggie…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10992) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$37.17

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

From the Hepburn's Choice bottling range comes a single cask Glentauchers single malt, aged in a refill hogshead from 2009 to 2016. It was bottled at 7 years old with an outturn of 320 bottles.  More info

Glentauchers 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$37.17

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

A fantastic BenRiach single malt matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts sourced from Jerez for a minimum of 12 years. An IWSC Trophy winner back in 2011, expect classic dried fruit, spice…  More info

BenRiach 12 Year Old - Sherry Wood
3
$37.45

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

One of the many vintages of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky bottled by the folks from Gordon & MacPhail, presented with a handsome retro label. This one was distilled in 2004 and left alone…  More info

Glen Grant 2004 (bottled 2015) (Gordon and MacPhail)
1
$37.72

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

8 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in 2008 and cracked open in 2016. 745 bottles were produced as part of Càrn Mòr's Strictly…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$37.79

Glenlossie 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

A Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glenlossie single malt, distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Glenlossie 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$37.87

Inchgower 2002 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 2002 vintage Inchgower single malt, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015. A rather well-Sherried whisky from the sometimes overlooked Speyside-based…  More info

Inchgower 2002 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$37.89

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.  More info

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
94
$37.97

Glen Grant 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

A 12 year old Glen Grant single malt, launched in mid-2016 with a rather sleek and handsome new bottle design. Still shows off the classic Glen Grant style - honey'd malt, sugared almond and ripe…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old
6
$38.07

Knockando 12 Year Old 2003

70cl, 43%
Knockando

12 year old single malt from Speyside's Knockando distillery, matured in bourbon casks which were filled in 2003. A vanilla-forward and fruit expression, with plenty of malt notes to back it up.  More info

Knockando 12 Year Old 2003
$38.07

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