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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.

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)
$44.65

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816

70cl, 61.3%
The Glenlivet

Glenlivet's popular Nàdurra range features whisky produced in small batches, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours - consequently, it should be no surprise that…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816
$44.76

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)
$44.82

Glenfarclas Passion - The Legend of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Part of a trilogy of collectible bottlings from the Glenfarclas Legend of Speyside range, released for the German market. This bottling honours the passion that goes into making Glenfarclas whisky,…  More info

Glenfarclas Passion - The Legend of Speyside
$45.26

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)
$45.40

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
$45.46

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
1
$45.47

Glen Grant 12 Year Old 2004 - Highland Laird (Bartles Whisky)

70cl, 56.6%
Glen Grant

12 year old single malt from the Glen Grant distillery, aged in a single bourbon hogshead which was filled in 2004. This was independently bottled by the folks at Bartles Whisky for their Highland…  More info

Glen Grant 12 Year Old 2004 - Highland Laird (Bartles Whisky)
$45.48

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Dailuaine

Matured in a single Sherry butt from March 2007 to May 2016, this Dailuaine 9 year single malt Scotch whisky is brought to you by top bottler Douglas Laing.  More info

Dailuaine 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11250) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.57

Aultmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

12 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness.…  More info

Aultmore 12 Year Old
8
$45.68

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
21
$45.68

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Legend of Speyside range for the German market, this bottling of Sherry-cask-matured Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky honours the spring water at the core of spirit.…  More info

Glenfarclas Springs - The Legend Of Speyside
$45.83

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.2%
Craigellachie

This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside in 2008. It was then matured for 7 years including an 8 month finishing period in a tiny octave cask before being bottled by Duncan…  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 759568) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$46.25

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info

Glenglassaugh Evolution 50%
$46.31

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
$46.51

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
79
$46.79

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
6
$46.85

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Brackla

Royal Brackla was the very first Scottish distillery to receive 'royal' status when, in 1833, it was bestowed upon them by King William IV. Most of the distillery's production goes into Dewar's…  More info

Royal Brackla 12 Year Old
1
$47.25

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A gift set from the Benromach distillery, containing a bottle of their excellent 10 year old single malt along with a branded notebook and pencil - great for scribbling tasting notes down...  More info

Benromach 10 Year Old Gift Set
$47.35

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
$47.45

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
13
$47.76

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement, and it comes at a punchy…  More info

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Old
$47.76

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)
$48.25

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
$48.29

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)
$48.29

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