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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.

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
$51.41

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
$51.41

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
$51.47

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
$51.91

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)
$52.27

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Signatory chaps! It was in the summer of 1995 when this whisky was distilled, and was bottled by Signatory in the spring of 2016.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 6490 + 6491) (Signatory)
$52.72

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
$52.88

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
$52.92

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)
$52.94

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
$53.17

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
1
$53.17

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.)
$53.33

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
$53.54

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
$53.59

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
$53.59

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)
$53.59

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)
$53.64

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)
$54.07

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)
$54.34

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Glenrothes

Single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was aged in a refill Sherry butt for 18 years, from October 1997 to February 2016, and has been bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$54.35

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 65.50%
Glenallachie

8 year old Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 2007, matured in a Sherry butt and bottled in March 2016 by the excellent A.D. Rattray. 657 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenallachie 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 900832) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$54.48

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
$54.56

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve

100cl, 40%
The Glenlivet

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for travel retail. This was launched in honour 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
68
$54.56

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
$54.56

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)
$54.56

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