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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.

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glen Elgin

Bottled for Signatory's does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Un-Chillfiltered Collection, this is a 19 year old Glen Elgin matured in a single hogshead from October 1995 to April 2015.  More info

Glen Elgin 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 1154) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$57.16

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.)
$57.27

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
$57.29

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
$57.52

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
$57.60

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

This is an independently bottled Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in the year 1998 and bottled for the…  More info

Glenlossie 1998 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$58.49

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)
$58.49

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959938) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.60%
Aultmore

An 2008 vintage Aultmore single malt, bottled at 7 years old by the folks at Duncan Taylor. However, as this has been presented for their Octave range, this one has been finished in a tiny octave…  More info

Aultmore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 959938) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$59.13

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
$59.17

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)
$59.24

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.)
$59.67

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
3
$59.90

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
$59.96

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.20%
Allt-á-Bhainne

"Pack it up, pack it in, Let me begin, I came to win Battle me that's a sin, I won't tear the sack up, Punk you'd better back up, Try and play the role and the whole crew will act up!" The…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$59.96

Tormore 14 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tormore

The Tormore 14 Year Old was introduced to the distillery's core range in early 2014 (alongside a 16 Year Old bottling too). Don't often hear much from Tormore, but they do put out some wonderful…  More info

Tormore 14 Year Old
$59.96

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
Glentauchers

A 6 year old Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 by Duncan Taylor. This has been released as part of their Octave series, and as such, this whisky was given…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 859048) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$60.51

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l

100cl, 40%
Dufftown

Originally released for Travel Retail, Singleton of Dufftown Unité is a relaxed, straightforward Speyside dram, packed with juicy fruit, sweet vanilla and toffee. This is the entry level bottling…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Unité 1l
$60.60

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 55%
Tamdhu

An A. D. Rattray bottling of 7 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry cask. It was distilled by Tamdhu in January 2008 and bottled in May 2015 with an outturn of just…  More info

Tamdhu 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 757) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$60.80

Benrinnes 15 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Benrinnes

A 'partially' triple-distilled Speysider, this single malt from the Benrinnes distillery was bottled at 15 years for the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Benrinnes 15 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
5
$60.95

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
2
$61.05

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve

70cl, 43%
Aberlour

A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending…  More info

Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve
3
$61.05

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for Travel Retail. This was launched in honor of Alan Winchester, who has been master distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve 1l
58
$61.05

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenallachie

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the year 1999. In 2015, this Speysider whisky was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice collection.  More info

Glenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$61.05

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

Glenrothes Manse Reserve
1
$61.05

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)
$61.05

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