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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, caramel, chamomile, allspice dram, green olives, and baking chocolate with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows impressions of buttered and roasted walnuts, licorice, caramel creams, and broth. A velvet monster of a Single Malt with huge sherry-like flavor, exceptionally smooth texture, and a brawny, palate-conquering finish.
95 points $99.99
Speyburn 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$65
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas of sweet poached pear, clove, nutmeg, ripe banana, and biscoff cookies with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long cinnamon, hints of molasses, oolong and barley tea, and dark chocolate-coated malted milk ball finish. A rich, chewy, lasting Speyside Malt that satisfies; beautifully textured with deep layers of flavor.
Aberlour 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$124.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toast with orange marmalade, green olive, snicker bar, salted pecans, honey, and lemon verbena with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish with touches of leather, nut-studded nougat, tangerine, and spiced banana cake finish. A twisting, turning Single Malt Whisky that sings on the palate; an excellent, excellent dram.
94 points $124.99
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
Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$79.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of raisins, dates, jasmine tea, toasted whole grain bread, turmeric, and banana chips with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length brown butter, brown sugar, whole wheat scones with honey, and sherry finish. A rich and chewy Speyside Malt with a wide range of flavors to dive into.
93 points $79.99
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
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.
Aberlour Abunadh Alba Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$90
Pale gold color. Aromas of banana chips, shaved chocolate, graham cracker, and honeysuckle with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length honey biscuit, lemon curd, yuzu-ginger marmalade, clove, and turmeric finish. A high octane Speyside Malt with a piquant, almost aperitif style; mix with club soda for a sophisticated palate-opener.
Tamnavulin Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe, juicy pear, honey cake, toasty blini, marjoram, and chervil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish with accents of butter poached orchard fruit, ripe glazed apricots, orange zest, and coconut cream finish. A juicy, well-balanced Speyside single malt that offers succulent fruit and notes of toasty pastry.
91 points $39.99
Glen Grant 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$48.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of biscuit, apple crumble, honeydew melon, apricot, heather, delicate tea, and banana with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish. A delicious balance of sweet biscuit and floral notes dance on the tongue long after this nectar-like whisky leaves the palate.
91 points $48.99