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Speyside Whisky

Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibit superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, including the world’s best-sellers: The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan.

The Speyside style has altered over time, a traditional Speyside single malt would be more akin to a Highland whisky, with a definite robustness and a marked peat. More recent expressions are lighter, sweeter whiskies; honeyed and fine. Lacking the peat of Islay or the Highlands, the ozone and salinity of coastal malts or the dry, perfume of the Lowlands; Speyside whiskies are sweet and subtle. There is however, no hard and fast rule as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, for more than half of Scotland’s distilleries are to be found in this sub-region of the Highlands.

Older variants, particularly from those powerhouse distilleries: Macallan and Glenfarclas are often well-sherried, thick drams. There is a tendency to steer away from heavily finished whiskies, indeed most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks. A heavily sherried Speyside single malt to be the perfect companion to a medium-bodied cigar, and a particularly well-aged expression can be the utmost of postprandial swigs.

Some of the light, youthful Speyside whiskies, perhaps from Allt-á-Bhainne or Glen Elgin, are charming and delightful. There is a low mineral content in the waters of Speyside, lying on the Grampians, with their granite content proffering soft waters. As a rule, the whiskies are either very low or totally devoid of peat, there is not a great abundance of it locally, though it has been used with some successful results in the cases of BenRiach and Tomintoul’s Ballantruan respectively.

Speyside Whisky
A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info
$67.35
Speyside single malt from the Speyside distillery, bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Strictly Limited collection. 582 bottles were produced, drawn from two casks which lovingly matured the whisky for 16...  More info
$82.70
Bottled by Carn Mor as part of their Celebration of the Cask series, this Braes of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single bourbon barrel after it was distilled in 1994. 218...  More info
$156.04
An independent release of 18 year old Mortlach single malt, bottled by Carn Mor for their Strictly Limited series. Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2013 with an outturn of 693 bottles, and once...  More info
$98.02
The Mackillop's Choice range is made of independent bottlings of casks that are deemed to be worthy of the brand's name, just like this Glenlivet, which was distilled in October 1989 and subsequently...  More info
$274.69
The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1970 Family Cask. A very tasty and surprisingly fresh whisky for its advanced age.  More info
$755.77
Part of the Hepburn's Choice range from Langside Distillers, which highlights the wonderful unique characteristics of Scotland's whisky regions and distilleries using single cask expressions bottled...  More info
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$77.00
A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay.

This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them...  More info
$1161.11
This Glenglassaugh has been finished in a Madeira wine cask which give the whisky flavours of dried fruit, ginger and orange.  More info
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$561.45
An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info
$55.49
A cracking 18 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Signatory for the top notch Un-Chillfiltered Collection of independently bottled whiskies. This release is comprised of 782...  More info
$73.37
A 36 year old (!) single cask BenRiach, distilled in 1977 and finished in a Moscatel wine hogshead before bottling in June 2013. The outturn was 281 bottles.  More info
$587.24
This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery in early 1998 before a 14 year maturation in a wine-finished cask (number 3611). It was bottled at natural cask strength for Carn Mor in 2012.  More info
$117.22
This single cask release of fantastic Aultmore whisky comes from the Edinburgh bottler Wemyss, so of course it has a delicious name to go on the 354 bottles. This 1991 expression is called "Sweet Mint...  More info
$165.93
A very well-aged Inchgower from Montgomerie's distilled in October 1990 and bottled in March 2013.  More info
$160.02
You don't see a whole lot of single malt Scotch whisky coming from the Glenallachie distillery, as most of it goes into some well known blends. Independent bottlers do get their hands on their single...  More info
$68.74
Distilled by Glen Grant in 1972, this whisky had no idea that one day it would be sitting in a luxurious decanter, held by a Tantalus made from the cask which aged the whisky for 41 years. Sometimes...  More info
$1723.67
A triple distilled (!) whisky from BenRiach. This high strength 12 year old is aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks. This is one of just a handful of its kind, and the first BenRiach to be...  More info
$74.75
This is a 15 year old, single cask Craigellachie from Douglas Laing. It was distilled in December 1997 before a refill hogshead maturation. It was bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2013...  More info
$103.49
Just 82 bottles of this incredible 31 year old Miltonduff were produced, which is rather fitting in this case, as it was distilled in '82. Speaking of cases, as we were, this single cask whisky comes...  More info
$594.69
A half bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in Speyside. This was aged in refill sherry hogsheads and butts.  More info
$21.69
A bottle of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, distilled a year after the distillery changed their name from Braes of Glenlivet. Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range of...  More info
$85.32
A Signatory bottling of 16 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky from August 1997 and November 2013. It was bottled without...  More info
$68.05
Part of the Old Particular range from Douglas Laing, which compiles some stunning single cask whiskies for us to get our mitts on. This edition is a 21 year old Aultmore, which was distilled in...  More info
$151.33
The Single Minded series by Douglas Laing is a collection of small batch single malts that are all bottled at 41.5% abv. This edition is from the Tamdhu distillery and has been matured for ten years...  More info
$60.32

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