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

Aberlour Abunadh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$99.99
Amber color. Aromas of golden raisin, rich sherry, salted almonds, candied orange, custard, and Madeira cake with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long alfajores, dark chocolate, and bread pudding finish. A rich and concentrated single malt; cask finishing transforms this whisky into a voluptuous flavor bomb.
95 points $99.99
Aberlour Casg Annamh Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$64.99
Amber color. Aromas of molasses cake, cherries in syrup, cinnamon-raisin swirl toast, and toasted coconut with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long orange marmalade, candied ginger, Nutella, sea salt, hint of sherry, and leather finish. A richly flavored Speyside malt that offers great complexity and a deliciously lengthy finish.
94 points $64.99
THE SINGLETON 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of pear filling, banana budino, geranium, tobacco pipe, and waffles with maple syrup with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, layered, very long buckwheat honey, all-butter cookies, dried pineapple, charred apricot, duck prosciutto, and salted miso butterscotch finish. A whiskey with meandering curves and vibrant, lengthy finish.
Awards: 2018 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, long finish manifesting nuances of 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 Glenlivet 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of pear, honey, heather, apricot yogurt sap, dill, and chamomile-ginger tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long buttered shortcake, thyme, and tangerine finish. A gentle, classic Speyside single malt that dances on the palate.
Awards: 2019 World Cocktail Championships - 1st Place Highball Whisky
Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$79.99
Golden amber color. Toasty aromas of slivered almond, toasted marshmallow, chocolate croissant, earl grey tea, and butter-poached apple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long cinnamon-sugar, dark chocolate shavings, custard, and hazelnut finish. A rich and toasty single malt with robust flavors and a nutty, chocolatey finish.
93 points $79.99
Aberlour 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$124.99
Amber color. Aromas of sweet sherry, ripe cherry, salted Marcona almonds, and toffee with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long walnut praline, leather, pumpkin spice latte, rosemary, and wheat crackers finish. A delicious sherried whisky with a round, dry-yet-fruity style.
93 points $124.99
Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Strength Single Malt Speyside Scotch
93 points
Golden straw color. Sweet, spicy aromas of pears in syrup, lychee, elderflower, ripe melons, bubblegum, coriander, pineapple, and browned chocolate-chip cookies with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, layered, long Basque cake, Sicilian spice blend, orange flower water, tropical tea blend, custard tart, and whipped cream finish. A dreamy, light-on-its-feet Speyside with stunning fruit and outstanding balance; a highly respectable aperitif whisky.
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 finish conveying nuances of 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 finish conveying accents of peach tea, cedar mulch, and gravel finish. A nicely sherried and delicate Speyside malt.