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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.

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)
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$47.60

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)
$47.62

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Cooper's 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 Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$48.06

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9164) - The Cooper's Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Craigellachie

This rich ruby coloured single malt was initially matured in American oak before a finishing period in a single Port pipe. The outturn was 360 bottles.  More info

Craigellachie 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9164) - The Cooper's Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$48.07

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
$48.14

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
$48.24

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
$48.27

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
$48.27

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)
$48.82

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)
$49.08

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
$49.34

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
$49.65

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

70cl, 43%
Speyside

A limited edition commemorative bottling of Beinn Dubh single malt, produced to mark the return of the return of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum. A release of…  More info

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman
$49.92

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
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$49.92

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A Cooper's Choice bottling of Aultmore single malt, aged for a decade in a single bourbon cask. This was distilled back in October 2006 and bottled in 2016 with an outturn of just 370 bottles.  More info

Aultmore 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 307128) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$50.07

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
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$50.31

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Dufftown

Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum…  More info

Dufftown 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 808) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$50.33

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brackla

Single malt from the Royal Brackla distillery, independently bottled by the excellent chaps at Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled in 1998 and aged until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV for…  More info

Royal Brackla 1998 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$50.36

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)
$51.21

Benromach 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Benromach

A 2015 release to the brilliant Benromach range. The Benromach 15 Year Old is matured in a selection of bourbon and Sherry casks, resulting in an intense but balanced flavour profile. There's big…  More info

Benromach 15 Year Old
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$51.23

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

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

This single malt Scotch whisky came from the Aultmore distillery in Speyside by way of Gordon & MacPhail's wonderful Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 2000 and aged in a combination of…  More info

Aultmore 2000 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.23

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

Distilled in 2000, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was botted in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Macduff 2000 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.23

The Glenrothes Manse Reserve

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenrothes Manse Reserve is made with whisky drawn mostly from American oak casks, with a helping of Sherry oak cask whisky too. Lots of fruit notes running…  More info

The Glenrothes Manse Reserve
1
$51.23

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)
$51.23

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks

70cl, 46%
BenRiach

Peated BenRiach, matured in tiny quarter casks! The smaller casks encourage greater interaction between the spirit, the oak and the air allowing the whisky to take on lots of character in a shorter…  More info

BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks
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$51.23

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