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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.

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
3
$46.68

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin…  More info

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured
23
$46.77

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)
$46.97

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88199, 88200 & 88207) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glen Grant

Independently bottled Glen Grant single malt, aged for 21 years and drawn from a trio of bourbon barrels. It was distilled in May 1995 and bottled in May 2016 by the superb Signatory.  More info

Glen Grant 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 88199, 88200 & 88207) (Signatory)
$47.06

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation

70cl, 40%
Aberlour

You may know Aberlour's whisky as being particularly Sherried (especially if you're more familiar with their a'Bunadh releases). Well, for these White Oak releases, Aberlour mature their Speyside…  More info

Aberlour 2004 - White Oak Cask Maturation
$47.09

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)
$47.10

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Longmorn

A bottle of 2002 vintage Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 for La Maison du Whisky as part of their The Ten range, which organises the flavour profiles of whisky from their lightest…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
$47.13

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.90%
Brackla

A Duncan Taylor The Octave bottling of 4 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Royal Brackla distillery. This was distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2015 following a 9 month finishing period in a…  More info

Royal Brackla 4 Year Old 2011 (cask 939449) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$47.26

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)
$47.29

Glenallachie 11 Years Old 2000 (cask 8689) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

This is a eleven year old Glenallachie bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. The distillery was built to produce whisky for the Mackinlay blends however independent bottlers also…  More info

Glenallachie 11 Years Old 2000 (cask 8689) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.34

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve (previously known as the Alba Reserve) is made exclusively with whisky which has matured in ex-bourbon casks. Load of classic vanilla and honey notes all the way…  More info

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve
$47.36

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

A 6 year old Inchgower, distilled in 2009 at their distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2016 by Douglas Laing for their beautiful premier Barrel range, presented in traditionally-styled…  More info

Inchgower 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$47.90

Longmorn 2002 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2015. This comes presented as part of Gordon & macPhail's Distillery labels series, which shows off…  More info

Longmorn 2002 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
$47.96

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 11076) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Dailuaine

A gloriously creamy 12 year old Dailuaine single malt here, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. This was distilled in September 2003 and set aside to age in a single refill butt cask…  More info

Dailuaine 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 11076) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$47.98

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, distilled in May 2007 and bottled in May 2016. Bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration or artificial colouring.  More info

Miltonduff 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11177) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.05

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
18
$48.20

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve
5
$48.33

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

Originally released for Travel Retail, Singleton of Dufftown Unité is a relaxed, straightforward Speyside dram, packed with juicy fruit, sweet vanilla and toffee. This is the entry level bottling…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l
$48.52

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Strathmill

A rare bottling from the now discontinued, and beautifully packaged, Flora and Fauna range. This 12 year old was distilled at the Speyside based Strathmill distillery.  More info

Strathmill 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$48.54

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)
$48.61

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)
$48.61

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

11 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back in spring 2004 and set aside to mature in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Benrinnes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.93

Cardhu 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info

Cardhu 15 Year Old
4
$49.10

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Mannochmore

The Mannochmore edition from the Flora and Fauna range. The series is a great showcase of mid-aged malts, this offers loads of character.  More info

Mannochmore 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$49.19

Glenfarclas 105

70cl, 60%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.  More info

Glenfarclas 105
47
$49.20

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