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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
This 21 year Longmorn was distilled in 1991 before being placed in cask 9233. It was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask collection.  More info
$151.32
From the Braeval distillery comes this gorgeous 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled in February 1998, cask 9989 was emptied in August 2013...  More info
$103.31
A tasty 14 year old Glen Spey from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in February of 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead.  More info
$93.10
Looking for a gift for your whisky loving friend/family member/self? Why not a bottle of Glenfiddich 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky in a very handsome travel case, perfect for those long...  More info
$45.54
The sherry butt which matured this Glenlivet for 11 years certainly gave the whisky a fine hue. 382 bottles came out of cask 9637, all with rosy cheeks and big flavours. Bottled by Douglas Laing...  More info
$108.57
A 23 year old Speyside dram from Linkwood distillery. Bottled by Adelphi in 2012.  More info
$138.65
Part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions Range, this is a 10 year old Aultmore. Much of the distillery's output goes to make Dewar's famous blend.  More info
$91.36
A 16 year old Glentauchers bottled by Signatory on January 2 2012 as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in bourbon cask number 1387, this is a fine, fresh tasting whisky with plenty to...  More info
$96.19
A refill bourbon matured 1991 vintage from the Speyside distillery, Strathmill, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$89.46
This is a ten year old Mortlach bottled by Cooper's Choice in 2011.  More info
$83.63
A cask strength release from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled at Linkwood in 1991 and aged in refill sherry butts. This has been bottled at a slightly higher abv than the previous 1991 release.  More info
$126.25
Production has started once again at the Glen Keith distillery in 2013! Hooray! As we wait for their new releases, why not whet your appetite for their whisky with a 20 year old Hunter Laing bottling...  More info
$119.76
A cask-strength Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range. This was distilled in 1989 and bottled after 22 years …  More info
$162.89
This is Glen Moray has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance series of single malt whiskies.  More info
$69.73
Distilled in August 1995 and matured in consecutive hogsheads (1824 and 1825), this 16 year old Strathmill was and bottled in March 2012. Signatory bottled 807 of these little beauties.  More info
$63.99
This was distilled at Glenburgie in September 1989. It was then aged for 20 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 272 bottles.  More info
$129.40
This Benrinnes was matured in oak casks and bottled by Duncan Taylor. It's a clean and well-structured whisky with pronounced fruit notes.  More info
$84.94
Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a...  More info
$60.14
Released in 2010, this 12 year old Benrinnes is the first ever official single cask whisky from the distillery, bottled as part of the Managers Choice range. Distilled in 1996 and bottled in March...  More info
$333.02
This was selected by George S Grant and a group of visitors to the Glenfarlcas distillery as part of the "Help Choose the 1996 Bottling" event, held during the 2011 Spirit of Speyside Festival. A very...  More info
$293.12
This is a twenty year old Glen Moray bottled at cask-strength for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$194.08
Distilled at Glen Moray in 1988 this whisky, part of Duncan Taylor's acclaimed Rare Auld range, was bottled at cask strength and was not chillfitered.  More info
$201.47
The majority of Dailuaine’s output goes into the Johnnie Walker blends, but it is a fantastic single malt in its own right. This bottling from the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range offers a sweet...  More info
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$95.52
A 13-year-old Glenlossie from Duncan Taylor. Matured in sherry casks, this is a lively, fairly young whisky.  More info
$97.10
This Family Cask was a refill sherry hogshead distilled in 1982. This whisky is a spicy, rich Glenfarclas, released as part of the popular family cask series.  More info
$609.55

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