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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.

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)
$45.96

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This is a single cask 9 year old single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice collection. In 2004, the distillery in Speyside filled the Sherry butt…  More info

Craigellachie 9 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2014) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.30

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
9
$46.32

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53

70cl, 59.70%
Aberlour

Another fantastic batch of Aberlour's A'Bunadh, which means 'the original’ in Gaelic, matured exclusively in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts. Batch 53 has an abv of 59.7%.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53
8
$46.59

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
$46.60

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
$46.60

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt from Signatory matured in two consecutive hogshead casks. Distilled on 27th September and bottled on 26th November 2015.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)
$46.63

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)
$46.66

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)
$46.79

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
10
$47.66

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
$47.66

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the year 1999. In 2015, this Speysider whisky was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice collection.  More info

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$47.66

Benromach 2005 (bottled 2015) Hermitage Wood Finish

70cl, 45%
Benromach

Initially matured in first fill bourbon casks, Benromach's 2015 Wood Finish release spends its final 27 months in French wine casks from the northern Rhône Hermitage appellation, known for its Syrah…  More info

Benromach 2005 (bottled 2015) Hermitage Wood Finish
1
$48.26

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in…  More info

Glenglassaugh Torfa
2
$48.26

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

70cl, 48%
Aberlour

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered
1
$48.26

SPEY 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
The Speyside

The 12 year old SPEY single malt Scotch whisky, from the Speyside Distillery in... Well, in Speyside. A flavoursome dram, with plenty of spice and rich hints of smoke within.  More info

SPEY 12 Year Old
$48.30

Tormore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tormore

A delightful little 12 year old dram from the Speyside distillery, Tormore.  More info

Tormore 12 Year Old
11
$48.40

Glenrothes Alba Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A surprising release from Glenrothes - this is comprised entirely of ex-Bourbon whiskies (matured in Bourbon casks). The name Alba makes reference to Quercus Alba, the Latin name for American Oak.…  More info

Glenrothes Alba Reserve
$48.40

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

The first ever port-finished Tomintoul, this was aged for 12 years and the result is creamy, fruity and eminently quaffable.  More info

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish
3
$48.40

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #04 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Longmorn

Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014 for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series, which is arranged in order from the lightest, most gentle whiskies to the most…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #04 (La Maison du Whisky)
$48.65

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

A indie Mortlach single malt, matured in a refill hogshead cask for 8 years - from 2006 to 2015. Following its maturation, this Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range at 46%…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$48.75

Aberlour 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10766) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Aberlour

An independently bottled Aberlour single malt, matured in a single barrel for 7 years. It was distilled in summer 2008 and bottled in summer 2015 for the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. Known for…  More info

Aberlour 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10766) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
1
$48.91

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615

70cl, 60.30%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet continue to release tasty single malt Scotch whisky matured in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain, bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration for their fantastic Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615
$49.01

BenRiach 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
BenRiach

Named Best Speyside Single Malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

BenRiach 16 Year Old
6
$49.36

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of…  More info

Craigellachie 13 Year Old
11
$49.42

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