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
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, 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
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 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.
Signatory Glenlivet 2006 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$80
Bright gold color. Aromas of butter drizzled hazelnut, freshly pulled espresso, ripe red apple, and butterscotch pudding with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and salted pretzel finish. A satisfying and balanced sherry-influenced Speyside Single Malt.
Kirkland Signature 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of Spanish moss, sarsaparilla, mocha, Bovril broth, apricot, banana muffin, and buckwheat pancakes with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long peppered gingerbread, leather, oolong tea, and macadamia nut finish. A distinctive and individualistic Speyside whiskey.
THE SINGLETON 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$35.99
Amber color. Aromas of ripe peaches and apricots, tropical tea, cherry granola, grand Marnier, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long soy glazed almonds, zucchini bread, caponata with raisins, bran muffin, and grass and menthol finish. A robust Speyside single malt that will be an excellent standby to keep in-house.
90 points $35.99
THE SINGLETON 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$49.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of caramel crunch scone, dried cranberry, sesame oil, lily, honeycomb, dried pineapple, and spice cake with a round, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long flint, kiwi relish, dill, crystalized ginger, and star anise finish. A bright and spicy Speyside with a fine riesling-like character.
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.