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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.

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

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

This is a Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited bottling of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 2008. After maturing in two casks for 7 years, the whisky was bottled by Càrn Mòr in 2015 with an…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$43.45

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
64
$43.67

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 1l

100cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

Delicious single malt from Speyside's Glenfarclas distillery, aged for a dozen years before making its way into the bottles. Dig in to rich Sherried malt and earthy allspice notes. This is a 1…  More info

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old 1l
$43.80

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
$44.00

Tomintoul 16 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and…  More info

Tomintoul 16 Year Old
17
$44.19

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)
$44.21

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)
$44.23

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tamdhu

9 Year Old single malt from Speyside's Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, bottled by langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2006, left to mature in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.26

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

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of…  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.26

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

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

An 8 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a Rosé-wine-finished refill hogshead. This was distilled in 2007 and bottled by Langside in 2016 for their Hepburn's Choice range - 373…  More info

Benrinnes 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside Distillers)
$44.27

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
7
$44.31

Tomintoul 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

This 14 year old has been bottled at a higher strength to previous Tomintoul releases. This has helped bring out more of the flavour, and the character of the dram.  More info

Tomintoul 14 Year Old
9
$44.31

Ardmore Traditional Peated 1l

100cl, 40%
Ardmore

A 40% ABV-variation on the Ardmore Traditional Peated single malt Scotch whisky, which is initially aged American oak barrels before being finished in quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Traditional Peated 1l
$44.55

SPEY Fumare

70cl, 46%
Speyside

Those of you that know Latin might know what to expect from SPEY Fumare, but those of you that don't and try this single malt from the Speyside distillery without hearing anything about it might be a…  More info

SPEY Fumare
$44.69

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$44.73

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

7 year old Craigellachie single malt, bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice indie bottling range! Interestingly, this whisky (which was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015) was allowed a…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.73

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

Independently bottled Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 by Duncan Taylor. Released as part of the Dimensions range, made to show off the multi-faceted…  More info

Aultmore 5 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$44.81

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
5
$45.16

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glendullan

A 2001 vintage single malt from the Glendullan distillery, independently bottled in 2014 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail and released as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range. We don't often seen…  More info

Glendullan 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$45.37

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$45.59

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
4
$45.69

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 3010 & 3011) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

A Signatory bottling of Benrinnes, aged in a pair of hogshead casks for 19 years. This was distilled in March 1997 and bottled in November 2016.  More info

Benrinnes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 3010 & 3011) - Signatory
$45.76

Glen Grant 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 70301 & 70302) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

An indie bottling of 19 year old Glen Grant single malt, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in May 1997 and cracked open in January 2017. You have the folks at Signatory to…  More info

Glen Grant 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 70301 & 70302) - Signatory
$45.76

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
$45.80

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Tomintoul

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 10 year old Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill butt from 2006 to 2016. A release of 654 bottles from indie bottler Langside.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old 2006 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$45.81

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