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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 lovely little gift set, this contains a full-sized bottle of the malty, easy-going Speyside whisky, Cardhu 12 year old, as well as a branded tasting glass.  More info
$70.74
A lovely little gift set, this contains a full-sized bottle of the malty, easy-going Speyside whisky, Cardhu 12 year old, as well as a branded tasting glass.  More info
$70.74
The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
$794.72
The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
$794.72
A beautiful, sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas launched this to mark their 175th Anniversary. It was made by blending together four lovely sherry casks with a combined age of 175 years! There are...  More info
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$576.82
A beautiful, sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas launched this to mark their 175th Anniversary. It was made by blending together four lovely sherry casks with a combined age of 175 years! There are...  More info
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$576.82
Being one of Scotland's oldest independent bottlers, WM Cadenhead seem to like doing things the traditional way, which might explain why they have used Miltonduff's traditional name on this bottle of...  More info
$83.48
Being one of Scotland's oldest independent bottlers, WM Cadenhead seem to like doing things the traditional way, which might explain why they have used Miltonduff's traditional name on this bottle of...  More info
$83.48
This is a 17 year old "Strictly Limited" Glen Moray from Carn Mor. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in hogsheads before bottling in 2012. There are just 610 bottles from a pair of casks.  More info
$89.48
This is a 17 year old "Strictly Limited" Glen Moray from Carn Mor. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in hogsheads before bottling in 2012. There are just 610 bottles from a pair of casks.  More info
$89.48
An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, selected by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range. The whisky matured in a sherry cask for 28 years before bottling.  More info
$325.78
An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, selected by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range. The whisky matured in a sherry cask for 28 years before bottling.  More info
$325.78
A tasty wine-finished Tamdhu, distilled in 1991 and aged in a single cask (number 35096) for 21 years before bottling in late 2012. There are just 211 bottles of this, from the Carn Mor range.  More info
$171.01
A tasty wine-finished Tamdhu, distilled in 1991 and aged in a single cask (number 35096) for 21 years before bottling in late 2012. There are just 211 bottles of this, from the Carn Mor range.  More info
$171.01
Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info
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$44.87
Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info
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$44.87
BenRiach 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a 2006 Silver Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$61.18
BenRiach 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a 2006 Silver Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$61.18
Glen Moray is one of only a few distilleries who still malt their own barley on site and it remains a classic Speysider despite much of its product being used for blending purposes.  More info
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$49.79
Glen Moray is one of only a few distilleries who still malt their own barley on site and it remains a classic Speysider despite much of its product being used for blending purposes.  More info
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$49.79
The first ever port-finished Tomintoul, this was aged for 12 years and the result is creamy, fruity and eminently quaffable.  More info
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$66.84
The first ever port-finished Tomintoul, this was aged for 12 years and the result is creamy, fruity and eminently quaffable.  More info
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$66.84
Allt-á-Bhainne. Sounds like House of Pain, no? No? Watch out for a new Boutique-y bottling coming soon…  More info
$64.25
Allt-á-Bhainne. Sounds like House of Pain, no? No? Watch out for a new Boutique-y bottling coming soon…  More info
$64.25
This is a Carn Mor bottling of Linkwood, distilled in 1988 and aged in a single hogshead for 24 years before bottling in August 2012. It's a release of 243 numbered bottles, at natural cask strength.  More info
$196.40

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