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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.

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A 7 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, which was finished in a European oak quarter cask! It was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age for 7 years, until it was bottled in 2015 by the…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.27

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)
$45.40

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
2
$45.74

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
99
$46.36

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2015)

70cl, 46%
Benromach

This is 2006 edition of the popular Benromach Peat Smoke, which this time was peated to 62PPM, just a touch lower than the previous year's offering. It was matured from 2006 to 2015 in first fill…  More info

Benromach Peat Smoke 2006 (bottled 2015)
3
$46.36

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

An independent bottling of 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two hogshead casks. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 725 bottles, presented by…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
1
$46.36

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 6 years. It's been presented as part of their Dimensions range, which shows off the many dimensions of the whiskies they…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$46.39

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

This independently bottled Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single Sherry butt for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled by Douglas Laing. A handsomely Sherried…  More info

Glenallachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10956) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$46.48

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glen Elgin

A very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old
10
$46.84

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Balmenach

Independently bottled Balmenach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in refill Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts from 2006 to 2014. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by…  More info

Balmenach 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$47.03

Macduff 2008 (cask 0121) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of Macduff from the Spirit & Cask Range, selected by Whiskymax. Distilled April 2008 and bottled in 2015, the outurn was 455 bottles.  More info

Macduff 2008 (cask 0121) - Spirit & Cask Range
$47.12

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2008 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$47.12

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

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An interesting Inchgower here, which was "filled from a wine-finished hogshead"! It was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 8 years old in 2016 by the chaps at Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice…  More info

Inchgower 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.17

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

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

An 8 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2007 and filled into a single refill bourbon barrel, then left to age until 2015. 348…  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.18

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

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

A Sherry-butt-matured single malt Scotch whisky from the Dailuaine distillery, aged for 8 years before Langside bottled it for their Hepburn's Choice range. A release of 391 bottles.  More info

Dailuaine 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$47.18

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A Provenance bottling of 7 year old Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill barrel from June 2008 and bottled by Douglas Laing in March 2016.  More info

Ardmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11094) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.28

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Ardmore

A peaty entry in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, distilled by the Ardmore distillery in 2008 and bottled in 2014. Sitting at #06 in the range, this is a fairly powerful dram with plenty of…  More info

Ardmore 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #06 (La Maison du Whisky)
$47.31

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
106
$47.40

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Dailuaine from a single Sherry butt bottled at 7 years old by Douglas Laing in November 2015.  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10960) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.01

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Mortlach

7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$48.14

Glen Moray 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Glen Moray

Matured in Chenin Blanc wine barrels, a 16 year old whisky from the Glen Moray distillery,.  More info

Glen Moray 16 Year Old
12
$48.20

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A combination of ten vintages from Glenrothes, using whiskies that are said to some of the finest examples of their individual vintages. The first release was made up of whiskies from 1989 (said to…  More info

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
1
$48.20

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glentauchers distillery, aged in a single Sherry butt for 9 years. It was distilled in March 2007 and bottled in March 2016 by…  More info

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11086) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.26

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11064) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This delicious 7 year old Aultmore single malt has been matured in a Sherry butt before being independently bottled by the fantastic folks at Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 2008 and bottled…  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 11064) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.26

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A tasty indie Mortlach here, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It's an 8 year old single malt from the "Beast of Dufftown", matured in a refill hogshead from February 2008 to…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.59

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