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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.

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inchgower

An indie Inchgower, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled at the turn of the century, in the year 2000, and bottled at 46% ABV in 2014.  More info

Inchgower 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$49.08

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.40%
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
$49.21

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
$49.21

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition

70cl, 51%
Glenfiddich

A special edition Glenfiddich. This 15 year old is non chill filtered and has been bottled at higher strength. This is classic Glenfiddich, but with added complexity and character.  More info

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition
29
$49.25

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the…  More info

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series
38
$49.25

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
1
$49.25

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)
$49.34

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)
$49.36

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A neat gift pack for the folks who love to enjoy whisky alongside food! This set contains a 70cl bottle of Knockando's 15 year old 1997 single malt, 4 glasses from which to enjoy the whisky and a…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997 - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$49.42

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
$49.52

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

A very handsomely presented 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 2008 and bottled in 2016. This comes presented in gorgeous retro decanters - 367 were produced.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing) (outturn 367)
$49.58

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The recipe for a great evening calls for good whisky, good food and good friends. With this charming gift set from the Dufftown Distillery, you're on your way there. The gift set includes a 15 year…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 4x Glasses
$49.63

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
86
$49.76

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
$49.76

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)
$49.90

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Strathmill

A 2014 bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2000. Light and flavoursome, the spirits from the Strathmill distillery in Speyside are rather good for blending, but also stands…  More info

Strathmill 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$50.17

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
$50.17

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)
$50.57

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5932 & 5936) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

This is a 1995 vintage Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky matured for over 21 years in two casks before being bottled by Signatory.  More info

Linkwood 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 5932 & 5936) (Signatory)
$50.70

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Independently bottled Linkwood single malt, released for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection by Signatory. This 16 year old whisky was distilled in May 1999 and bottled in February 2016, being drawn from…  More info

Linkwood 16 Year Old 1999 (casks 6182 & 6183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$50.74

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Mortlach

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
15
$51.05

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.)
$51.18

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Sherry-cask-finished Macduff single malt, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Cooper's Choice range. It was initially matured in American oak casks before being transferred over to…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$51.18

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
$51.20

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

70cl, 60.90%
Aberlour

Another A'Bunadh! An incredibly popular series of well-Sherried whiskies from the Aberlour distillery in the Highlands, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at generous ABVs. Batch #55…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
3
$51.28

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