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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.

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
$48.13

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
$48.45

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
$48.68

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)

70cl, 46%
The Glenlivet

An 8 year old Glenlivet, matured in a first fill Sherry butt from March 2007 to June 2015. This comes presented by new independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection -…  More info

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)
2
$48.74

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
14
$48.87

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
$49.07

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Linkwood

The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info

Linkwood 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
3
$49.18

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Inchgower

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info

Inchgower 14 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$49.18

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 57

70cl, 60.7%
Aberlour

Excellent single malt Scotch whisky from Aberlour - it's the 57th batch of their A'Bunadh expression! These releases are made with whisky drawn from Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask…  More info

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 57
2
$49.38

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
19
$49.38

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenallachie distillery, which does not have many of their own bottlings, but does see a fair few independent releases. It was distilled in…  More info

Glenallachie 6 Year Old 2008 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$49.50

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s

35cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

We think that this collectable half-bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve was produced in the 1990s, back when the distillery labelled their single malt as "pure malt". This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve (35cl) - 1990s
$49.76

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

70cl, 48.4%
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)
$49.86

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)
$49.93

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman

70cl, 50%
Miltonduff

Single cask Miltonduff bottled by The Maltman (The Maltman? The Maltman!). It was distilled in October 2008 and aged in a bourbon cask for 6 years before being bottled at 50% ABV in February 2015.…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 266) - The Maltman
$50.08

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
$50.11

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)
$50.64

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX

70cl, 47%
Glenfiddich

The second release in Glenfiddich's Experimental Series is their Project XX expression, which was made not simply by one Malt Master, but 20! 20 Malt Masters were invited to the Glenfiddich…  More info

Glenfiddich Experimental Series - Project XX
$50.75

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

70cl, 61.5%
The Glenlivet

Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held heavily peated (Speyside peat, as we understand it) Scotch whisky. This third no age statement Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
3
$50.75

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
51
$50.83

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
8
$50.83

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

Housed in a handsome decanter, this Douglas Laing Premier Barrel release of single cask Craigellachie is 8 years old. 358 of these classy chaps were made.  More info

Craigellachie 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$51.16

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2016) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glentauchers

An independently bottled Glentauchers, distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2016 by Gordon & MacPhail with a rather neat retro label.  More info

Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2016) (Gordon and MacPhail)
$51.66

Beinn Dubh The Black

70cl, 43%
Speyside

Beinn Dubh (pronounced 'Ben doo' and meaning Black Mountain) is a thick, incredibly dark whisky produced at the Speyside distillery.  More info

Beinn Dubh The Black
4
$51.67

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Benrinnes

Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range, this is a 1998 vintage Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, which was drawn from refill Sherry hogshead by the stalwart indie…  More info

Benrinnes 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.67

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