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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
Drawn from a single bourbon barrel, this 27 year old Glen Spey was bottled by A. D. Rattray in January 2014. It was popped into the barrel by the distillery in Speyside in September 1986. 224 bottles...  More info
$177.70
From top London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd comes this stunning single cask Longmorn, distilled in 1997 and aged for 14 years in cask 163310 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask...  More info
$87.38
BenRiach 25 Year Old
(70cl, 50%)
This 25 year old was released in 2006 and aged in a combination of three casks: Oloroso, bourbon and fresh oak. It proffers some lovely fruit notes and dry spice and has been bottled at higher proof...  More info
$187.82
Just like it says on the label, this is a Strictly Limited release of 17 year old Glen Elgin whisky, as only 734 bottles were produced. Carn Mor, the people you should be patting on the back for...  More info
$93.34
The Old Particular range from Douglas Laing is a cracking bunch of independently bottles single cask whiskies, all bottled at specific strength. This 21 year old Glenburgie, for example, has been...  More info
$135.46
This Glen Keith is 22 Years Old and was bottled by Single Malts of Scotland in 2012.  More info
$124.61
The recipe for a great evening calls for good whisky, good food and good friends. With this charming gift set from the Dufftown Distillery, you're on your way there. The gift set includes a 15 year...  More info
$79.64
Presented in a decanter you wouldn't be surprised to see on the shelf of an eccentric in the 1800s, this sweet, honey'd Braeval single malt Scotch whisky looks rather dashing indeed. Matured in a...  More info
$108.79
Distilled by Inchgower in the Autumn of 2000, this single sherry cask single malt Scotch whisky has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range in 2013, with bottles celebrating the...  More info
$79.20
Glenglassaugh Evolution
(70cl, 57.20%)
This is the next stage in the history of Glenglassaugh distillery. The Evolution joins the Revival bottling, and is a cask strength, Bourbon cask matured Scotch whisky that belies its youth with an...  More info
$97.82
A 14 year old Benrinnes from Douglas Laing. Expect top quality casks.  More info
$87.70
This is a lively, citrus whisky with a sweet body. Pale and straw like in colour, this Linkwood has been bottled at 46% without colouring.  More info
$117.47
A rich, tasty Glen Grant distilled in July 1985 and aged in wine-finished barrel for 25 years before bottling in February of 2011 at natural cask strength for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum...  More info
$362.26
Distilled at Macduff in 1998 and aged for 15 years, including 15 months spent in an ex-sherrywood octave cask for more interaction between the wood and the whisky, this Duncan Taylor release is really...  More info
$129.73
Distilled in Spring 2004 and bottled in the Winter of 2013, this 9 year old Glenrothes was matured in a single Sherry butt and exhibits maturity beyond its years. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance...  More info
$114.92
Distilled in 1962 at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, this was matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$535.56
Although Glenfarclas primarily use first and second fill sherry casks, occasionally we get to see the results of their glorious spirit being laid down in other types of cask too. Last year saw the...  More info
$513.66
Single malt from Miltonduff, independently bottled without colouring or chill-filtering by A. D. Rattray for the Cask Collection. It matured in a bourbon hogshead for 18 long years, up until November...  More info
$125.84
A rare release of 8 year old Tormore, with the distillery's only official release being a 12 year old (most of their whisky goes into blends). 138 bottles were produced as part of Duncan Taylor's...  More info
$92.13
This Strathmill was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. The whisky is from a limited release of bottles from cask number 4240 and is non-chill filtered and bottled at natural cask...  More info
$171.25
Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outturn of 782 bottles, this 9 year old Glenrothes would be the perfect whisky for having with your breakfast. Outside of a Tiffany's jewellery store. Probably.  More info
$72.80
This Longmorn from 2002 was distilled a year after Pernod Ricard took over the distillery. Matured for 11 years in a sherry finished hogshead (cask 10029), it was then bottled by Hunter Laing for the...  More info
$108.39
With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar...  More info
$72.73
Tamdhu is Gaelic for 'little dark hill' and this Speyside whisky has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask series.  More info
$99.87
This is cask strength bottling of Glen Elgin distilled in 1989 and bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2010.  More info
$137.81

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