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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.

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
62
$39.47

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)
$39.53

SPEY Trutina

70cl, 46%
Speyside

A well-balanced single malt from the SPEY range released in late 2016 (alongside their first peated whisky - Fumare) matured in bourbon casks. The name comes from a Latin way of expressing balance,…  More info

SPEY Trutina
$39.73

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire
10
$39.74

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
45
$39.94

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
$40.06

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
$40.08

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Single cask Craigellachie distilled in June 2008 and bottled in 2014 for the Spirit & Cask Range by Whiskymax.  More info

Craigellachie 2008 (cask 1441) - Spirit & Cask Range
$40.08

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)
1
$40.13

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

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inchgower distillery, aged for 7 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2016 by Langside for the Hepburn's…  More info

Inchgower 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.13

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

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A single cask bottling of single malt from the Macduff distillery, aged for 8 years in a refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and left alone until 2016, when it was bottled by Langside for their…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.13

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glenburgie

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenburgie distillery, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2016 by Langside. A release of 283 bottles.  More info

Glenburgie 8 Year Old 2007 (bottled 2016)  - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$40.13

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)
$40.37

Miltonduff 8 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.5%
Miltonduff

Once again, some passionate fans of this single malt appear on the label including Dick Beach, the MWP for Miltonduff in the Loch Ness Whisky Parliament and proprietor of Fiddler's Restaurant and…  More info

Miltonduff 8 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$40.59

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)
$40.94

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
3
$40.99

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915

70cl, 60.4%
The Glenlivet

Another edition of Glenlivet's Nàdurra First Fill Selection, aged in first fill American white oak casks and bottled without any chill-filtration and at cask strength (a robust 604.% ABV). A great…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915
$41.12

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF1115

70cl, 59.6%
The Glenlivet

Non-chillfiltered, cask strength single malt from the Glenlivet Nàdurra range - 'Nàdurra' means 'Natural' in Gaelic, hence the lack of chill-filtration and cask strength bottling. This one was…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF1115
$41.12

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)
$41.23

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
11
$41.41

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Sunray
2
$41.45

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
100
$41.56

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

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

An independent bottling of Miltonduff, aged in a Sherry hogshead from 2009 to 2016. Following that 7 year maturation, this whisky was bottled by Langside as part of their Hepburn's Choice range, with…  More info

Miltonduff 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.65

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

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

7 year old single malt from the Dailuaine distillery, finished in a wine cask! This was distilled back in 2009 and aged until 2016, when the chaps from Langside got their hands on it and bottled it…  More info

Dailuaine 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.65

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of single malt from the Benrinnes distillery, which you can find situated up in the Speyside region. This one is a 6 year old Benrinnes that was distilled in 2009 and…  More info

Benrinnes 6 Year Old 2009 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$41.75

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