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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 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
19
$46.49

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glen Spey

A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$46.62

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
$46.82

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
3
$47.35

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
2
$47.44

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
44
$47.46

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

Part of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series comes a single malt which was finished for three months in casks which previously held IPA! Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
5
$47.67

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
12
$47.67

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof

70cl, 57%
Benromach

Ooh, Benromach 10 year old bottled at a significantly higher strength - 100° Proof (more commonly known as 57% ABV these days). Intense and flavourful, with a good whack of smoke and Sherried malt at…  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old - 100° Proof
5
$47.67

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
16
$47.67

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

We do love some delicious Mortlach single malt! This is a bottling of "The Beast of Dufftown", matured for 8 years in a refill hogshead from November 2006 to November 2015, before being bottled at…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.81

Cardhu Gold Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu is the latest Diageo distillery to have a little core range shake up with the launch of a no age statement single malt (or two). Created using hand-picked toasted oak casks, Cardhu Gold…  More info

Cardhu Gold Reserve
7
$47.97

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95…  More info

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
73
$48.21

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Glen Spey

Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this is an 11 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt, until 2014, when it was…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$48.33

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

A 2015 addition to the Ardmore range - this 12 year old single malt was initially matured in American white oak bourbon casks before being transferred over to Port pipes for a finishing period. Its…  More info

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish
$48.60

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glentauchers

6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range.  More info

Glentauchers 6 Years Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$48.98

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon…  More info

Dufftown 2004 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$49.10

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 8511273) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.3%
Glentauchers

6 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their Octave range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in an…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 8511273) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$49.14

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Ardmore

Ooh, it looks like The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.'s Cooper's Choice range has had a redesign - very stylish indeed! This is a single cask bottling of heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky from the…  More info

Ardmore Heavily Peated (cask 884) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$49.58

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 56

70cl, 61.2%
Aberlour

It's the 56th batch of Aberlour's very popular A'Bunadh, matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask strength. These are always excellent as winter warmers and postprandial drams.  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 56
3
$49.67

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Glenlossie

The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info

Glenlossie 10 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$49.77

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$49.80

Longmorn Distiller's Choice

70cl, 40%
Longmorn

A no age statement release from a beloved, underrated malt whisky distillery in Speyside, matured in three types of cask; hogsheads, Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels.  More info

Longmorn Distiller's Choice
$49.80

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Ardmore Tradition is a peated single malt which is initially aged in American oak barrels before being transferred over to quarter casks.  More info

Ardmore Tradition 1l
$50.17

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

70cl, 46%
Mortlach

An indie bottling of the 'Beast of Dufftown' - Mortlach! This was distilled in 2007 and set aside to mature in a single bourbon barrel for 8 years before being bottled by Langside for their Hepburn's…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$50.37

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