About Speyside Single Malt Scotch

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
Speyside refers whisky made by the 50+ distilleries near the river Spey in the Scottish highlands. These distilleries are noted for their use of refilled, ex-Sherry casks in the maturation of their whiskies. The Sherry casks imparts telltale fruit and nut tones to the final whisky.
Top Picks for Speyside Single Malt Scotch
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THE SINGLETON
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear golden amber color. Fruity, spicy aromas of cherry pie crusts, nutmeg and ginger, brown sugar, and heather and leather with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long fresh parsley, meyer lemon and mint, potato skin and mocha, honey, and pear and black pepper finish. A soft yet rich and complex single malt for every palate.
94 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216424
The Glenlivet
Nadurra First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear golden straw color. Creamy, sweaty, attractive aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, chocolate toffee and cream doughnut, maple nut fudge, and orange blossoms with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, spiced stone fruits, sweet and peppery spices, honeyed cereal and nuts, and dreamsicle finish. A robustly flavorful cask strength Speyside whisky that blossoms with water.
94 points $84.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210818
Cragganmore
12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Gold color. Inviting, roasted aromas of nougat, dried apricot, and fruit pastry with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long roasted pecans, orange blossom honey, raisin cereal with cream, and pepper finish. A well balanced and attractively flavorful single malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210937
BenRiach
"Horizons" 12 Year Old Triple Distilled Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright clear amber color. Lively, fruity aromas of waxy honeycomb, roasted pecans, and chocolate with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, long spicy peach marmalade, toffee, leather, and baking spices finish. A fantastic rich and flavorful sherry influenced Speyside single malt.
94 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216497
The Glenrothes
Peated Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dusty light gold color. Green aromas and flavors of morning dew on a meadow, spiced peach and plum, kidd leather and lipstick, and floral honey butter with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long peat, minerals, spice, and cigar tobacco finish. A spry, scintillating malt whisky with a delicate dash of peat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216498
The Glenrothes
Sherry Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of butter sautéed almonds, leather and wet clay, dried fruits and ancient grains, and chocolate caramel bar with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length peach tea, cedar mulch, and gravel finish. A nicely sherried and delicate Speyside malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210632
Craigellachie
13 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Light gold color. Delicate aromas of honey butter on toast, caramelized nuts, and latte with an crisp, medium body and a warming, involved, very long dried fruits, baking spices, and vanilla cream finish. A great Speyside malt that delivers everything you would expect from the classic whisky region.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210938
The Glenrothes
Sherry Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, curious, meaty aromas of bbq char, grilled banana, salty dark roasted nuts, and lit tobacco with a supple, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length minerals and cream finish. An interesting savory, Sherried Scotch.
93 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206457
LISMORE
15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky
Amber color. Rich aromas of salty roasted nuts, apricot marmalade, floral honey and cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a raisin toast, brown spice, custard, and spicy chutney finish. A very tasty sipper or cocktail choice.
93 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206458
LISMORE
18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky
Amber color. Aromas of dried fruits, chocolate roasted pecans, leather, and creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy raisin apple compote, pepper, and mineral finish with nice rancio and umami notes. A rich and delicious single malt for after dinner sipping.
93 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab