About Speyside Single Malt Scotch

About Speyside Single Malt Scotch
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

THE SINGLETON 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Speyside Single Malt Scotch
94 points $79.99
The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$84.99
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
The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
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.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
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.
THE SINGLETON 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$34.99
Clear amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, dulce de leche, orange flan and bitter dark chocolate genache, and ripe green pear with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long pecan praline, candied orange peel, honeycomb and cedar cigar dividers, and creme Anglaise finish. A rich, balanced single malt with a creaminess that will appeal to novice scotch drinkers.
91 points $34.99
THE SINGLETON 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$49.99
Clear amber color. Fruity, sweet aromas of red candied apple, caramel and leather, chocolate covered orange, and black tea with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long peach skins and fig, sourdough biscuits with honey and tarragon, creme brulee with cocoa nibs, and vanilla gelato with nutmeg finish. A honeyed, melt-in-your-mouth single malt.
89 points $49.99
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
Bright light gold color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, brown butter, orange spice cake, and dried peach with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, breezy praline, sweet spices, cola, and coconut cream finish. A smooth and satisfying Speyside with a prominent American oak accent.
Glen Grant 18 Year Old Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky
88 points
$119.99
Dull straw yellow color. Spicy aromas and flavors of honey, tarragon, lanolin, and good and plenty with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long ash, allium, nougat, and asian pear and cornichon relish finish. A savory single malt; a botanist’s whisky.
88 points $119.99
Kirkland Signature 25 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$89.99
Medium amber color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, date bread toast, spiced dried fruits, and chocolate with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a carefree flan, sweet cream, raisin bread pudding, and pepper finish. A pleasant, easy drinking Speyside single malt Scotch.
88 points $89.99
The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pecans, orange marmalade, date cake, and yeasty bread dough with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long halva and oats, custard, spiced nuts and dried fruits, and polished wood finish. A mellow Speyside with lots bready nutty notes.
88 points $44.99