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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.

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
$50.10

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)
$50.24

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
$50.51

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
$50.51

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
$50.51

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)
$50.91

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
$51.29

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
$51.40

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.)
$51.53

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.)
$51.53

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.)
$51.55

Ardmore Tradition 1l

100cl, 46%
Ardmore

Originally release 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
$51.55

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
2
$51.62

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
$51.76

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
$51.76

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
$51.82

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
$52.26

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)
$52.63

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A Signatory bottling of Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks for 20 years. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in February 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6486 & 6487) (Signatory)
1
$53.08

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
$53.24

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill

70cl, 47.80%
Balvenie

Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. These are limited edition bottlings, with each bottle being one of…  More info

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel - First Fill
34
$53.28

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%
Miltonduff

A Duncan Taylor bottling of 6 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Octave range. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 after spending a finishing period in a…  More info

Miltonduff 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 838945) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$53.30

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Aultmore

A 9 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Cooper's Choice range by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. It was distilled in 2006 and left to age in a bourbon cask until…  More info

Aultmore 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 7120) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$53.69

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l

100cl, 40%
Aberlour

A litre bottle of 15 year old Aberlour, this was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Double Cask Matured 1l
4
$53.90

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

70cl, 61.50%
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
2
$53.95

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