Speyside Single Malt Whisky

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The Speyside region is located in Morayshire in the North East of the Scottish Highlands and takes its name from the River Spey that runs through the heart of the area and out into the North Sea. The Spey is the fastest flowing river in the UK so please don’t be tempted to go swimming if you do visit the area on a Scotch pilgrimage! Speyside contains roughly about half of all the operational whisky distilleries in Scotland, hence the separate categorisation to the rest of the Highlands. We say roughly half the distilleries as there is some fierce debate as to which distilleries fall within the boundaries of the region due to different perceptions of Speyside’s borders.


Speyside malts are quite diverse due to the amount of whisky produced in the area but there are two styles that are more prominent than others. There are many lighter styles of single malt produced here that are considered to be easier drinking than the more robust offerings found elsewhere. These honeyed drams are very popular and are produced by distilleries like Glen Grant, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. On the other hand, distilleries like Macallan and Glenfarclas are renowned for their seductively deep and complex single malts that are matured in sherry casks to give them an extra sweetness. One thing they all have in common is the virtual exclusion of peat in the whisky, only using barley that is so minimally peated it is undetectable on the palate. The one exception to this rule is the Benriach distillery who produce several lines of peated whisky alongside their more traditional classic Speyside range.


Speyside holds many claims to fame, such as having the only working Cooperage in the whole of the UK! If you are lucky enough to visit the cooperage based in Craigellachie, you will see how whisky barrels were made in times long gone by, as these time honoured techniques are still employed to make the casks today. Speyside is also the home of Scotland’s highest village, named Tomintoul, which is 345 metres above sea level. The Tomintoul distillery produces a very light whisky known by the moniker ‘The Gentle Dram’ and produces a good deal of malt used in blended whisky. This isn’t the highest distillery in Scotland though, that honour falls to Dalwhinnie. It‘s also home to the Glenfiddich distillery, which boasts the largest production capacity of any distillery in addition to being the most purchased single malt in the whole world!

  • The Singleton 12 years old 70cl
    A new Singleton, this time from Dufftown, to replace the now-defunct Singleton of Auchroisk. This is a smooth, mellow dram designed to attract new drinkers to the malt category.
    £39.99
  • Glenrothes Select Reserve 43% 70cl
    John Ramsay, the Malt Master, has crafted a selection of The Glenrothes which typifies the distillery house character ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and hints of spice. A non-Vintage-specific selection carefully chosen by John and produced to the same high quality standards as The Glenrothes Vintage selections; only here we select and vat from casks from different years.


    The Glenrothes Select Reserve is a vatting from different years of selected casks reserved for this expression. Some casks will contain whisky from, say, 1996 or 1997, others may be younger while some are older. The actual make-up and age profile of Select Reserve will vary depending on what casks are available to produce this expression at the high quality we demand. Of course the emphasis is, as always, not on the age per se, but on the quality, taste and flavour of the whisky. To maintain consistency of flavour is the priority; which is why we have chosen not to include any age or Vintage statement as this could inhibit this object

    Regular Price: £36.99

    Special Price £31.99

  • Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice 43% 70cl
    Pronounced Glen-alec-y, the Distillery was built in 1967 primarily to contribute malt to the MacKinlay blends. It was designed by architect William Delme-Evans, who also designed Tullibardine and re-designed Jura Distillery.
    Glenallachie was temporarily closed in the late 1980s, then acquired and reopened by Campbell Distillers at the end of the decade.

    TASTING NOTE
    Colour: Straw.
    WITHOUT WATER
    :Nose: Dry grass, roasted malt and a delicate sweetness. Some fragrant, spicy aromas begin to develop.
    Palate: Peppery with charred oak. A little honey sweetness with fragrant, floral aromas also present.

    WITH WATER
    :Nose: More floral aromas present - parma voilets. Hints of burnt sugar - treacle toffees.
    Palate: Spicy, malty flavours with perfumed notes intertwined.
    Body: Light.
    Finish: Perfumed, Fragrant.
    Cask Type(s): Refill Sherry Hogshead.
    Whisky Style: An aperitif whisky.
    £57.95
  • Glen Grant The Majors Reserve Single Malt 40% 70cl
    Glen Grant makes one of the most surprising whiskies in the world. Single malt that's clear in colour with a distinctively crisp, fresh taste that has made it one of the world's favorite.

    Above all, Glen Grant is about pure enjoyment. No poetics. No pretensions. Just authentic, smooth-tasting, single malt whisky that's ready to be enjoyed, right now.

    Clearly unconventional. Definitely authentic. It's what Glen Grant is all about.
    £24.50
  • Tomintoul with a peaty Tang 40% 70cl
    Beautifully located near to the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland in the prestigious Glenlivet Estate at the heart of the Speyside region, lies Tomintoul Distillery.
    In the middle of the last century it took more than a year to find the purest of water sources for use in the malt whisky making process. Finally, the search located the Ballantruan Spring, an exceptional source of the purest of waters nestling in the Cromdale Hills. The quest over, Tomintoul Distillery was built close to the Ballantruan Spring and adjacent to the majestic River Avon.
    The natural environment, high altitude, pure air and the exclusive use of the outstanding quality of water from the Ballantruan Spring, combine to enhance the superb quality of Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt the gentle dram.


    Colour: Rich gold
    Nose: Heathery smoke balanced with subtle floral tones
    Palate: Gentle Peat-reek flavours with a hint of malty nuttiness
    Finish: Lingering smoke and peat with a touch of sweetness
    £31.99
  • Glen Moray Classic 40% 70cl
    Glen Moray classic single malt whisky has a taste of Shortbread, butterscotch and lemongrass'. At full strength, the aroma is fragrant and lightly drying with warming malty notes. The first impression is of butterscotch and shortbread with fresh herbal/grassy notes. Lemon curd and meringue are discovered in the background.

    With water, malt and spices combine to reveal oatmeal with a hint of freshly ground black pepper. Lemongrass, tea-tree oil and heather aromatics give the whisky a fragrance throughout.

    The mouthfeel is lightly spiced with a warming and gently mouth watering effect. Malty toffee sweetness is present throughout with blackcurrants and a fragrant citrus lemongrass tang.

    Shortbread, fresh herbal notes (lemongrass) and the sweet spiciness of ginger marmalade.
    £25.45
  • Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Edition 46% 70cl
    This is a special limited Edition bottling from Glen Grant to celebrate their 170th anniversary. Made using there most precious casks it was released in 2010.
    £89.85
  • Benromach 10 years old 43% 70cl
    Benromach 10 Years Old is hand-crafted at Speyside's smallest working distillery using the finest Scottish malted barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. Matured in the finest, hand selected Sherry & Bourbon casks, Benromach 10 Years Old is returned to sweet Oloroso sherry casks for a final marrying period.

    Without water
    Nose: Rich sherry influence with fruit & nut chocolate and delicate spice - cinnamon. Fresh green apples, with a malty, digestive biscuit note and light peat smoke in the background.

    Palate: Delicious forest fruits - raspberries and brambles, sherry, malt creaminess with a stronger peat influence.

    With water
    Nose: Charred oak influence and malt. Slightly nutty with exotic fruits - pineapple and kiwi.

    Palate: Mouth coating with toasted malt. lingering sweet sherry and delicate peat smoke.
    £33.50
  • Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch No.2 50.6% 70cl
    The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart introduces his latest Scotch whisky expression; The Balvenie Tun1401 Batch 2, a sought after single malt previously only available at The Balvenie Distillery.
    To craft TheBalvenieTun1401, Malt Master David Stewart transferred specially selected casks from across the ages to a specially selected marrying tun number1401. Three months later emerged an exceptionally complex single malt Scotch whisky.
    Davids first batch of Tun1401 was released in 2010, for sale only at The Balvenies Speyside Distillery, but his small experimental release proved so popular with single malt enthusiasts that he has created a second batch, available this time without the need for a trip to the Scottish Highlands.

    TastingNotes
    :Silky smooth on the palate, The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch2 has as a delicious complexity characterised by a floral sweetness, and citrus orange peel notes under pinned by tones of vanilla, honey and mature oak. The finish is mellow, rich and warming.
    £899.00
  • Glengoyne 12 years old 43% 70cl
    Glengoyne 12 years old single malt is distilled air dried barley which is unpeated.This bottling has been matured in 1st fill bourbon wood , there is also less sherry wood as a result giving a completely different taste and nose. The majority of the wood is USA/European refill casks, the whisky is also chill filtered. In summary, it's nothing like the cask strength, the only thing that is the same is the age statement.

    Tasting Notes
    Appearance: Natural rich gold.
    Nose: Coconut oil, lemon zest, honey and dried malt.
    Mouthfeel: Warming.
    Initial Taste: Toffee apples and cinnamon spice.
    After Water: Ginger, fresh orange and shortbread.
    Finish: Mellowed by hints of sherry and soft oak. Well balanced.
    £41.99
  • Glen Albyn 1976 Gordon & Macphail 43% 70cl
    Glen Albyn Distillery faced many turbulent times beginning with devastating damage provoked by a fire in November 1849, but was back distilling again by 1850. Twenty years after it was first founded the distillery hit more hard time and was sold and renovated into a flour mill. In 1884 Gregory (Grigor) and Company rebuilt the distillery and grew into a lucartive business with an estimated annual output of 75,000 gallons of single highland malt scotch whisky. The distillery housed worm tubs that differed from the usual: formed like the letter D as opposed to the usual round shape, they created a larger increase in cooling power which improves the flavour of good whisky. In 1882 Glen Albyn's neighbour Glen Mhor was constructed, and its operator Mackinlays and Birnie Ltd also bought over Glen Albyn Distillery. Both were then in turn bought out by DCL and finally transferred to SMD. Glen Albyn was finally mothballed and demolished in the 1980's.
    AROMA without water Hints of rum and raisin, with defined fruity notes. Some subtle esters - fresh with subtle kiwi notes.
    TASTE without water An inital hint of warm spice - cinammon. A defined sweetness, smooth yet complex. With a touch of nuts - hazelnuts.
    AROMA with water Fresh, with some fudge aromas. The sweetness lingers and hints of orange peel develop.
    TASTE with water Some subtle spice, creamy with a rounded smoothness.
    £450.00
  • Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch No.5 70cl
    The latest release from Balvenie,is the Tun 1401 Batch 5, married from nine casks of balvenie, 5 whisky casks and 4 sherry butts from warehouse 24. After several months of marry in the famous Tun 1401 the resulting whisky is exceptionally complex.
    Nose: Upon pouring, a fragrant fruit nose before sweet vanilla emerges alongside honey & spices..
    Taste: A smooth balance between sweetness & oak tannin, underpinning a sherried character full of dried fruits, cinnamon & ginger spiciness.
    Finish: Rich, sweet and spicy.
    £649.00
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