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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
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
$332.41
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
$292.58
This is a twenty year old Glen Moray bottled at cask-strength for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$193.73
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
$201.10
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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$95.34
A 13-year-old Glenlossie from Duncan Taylor. Matured in sherry casks, this is a lively, fairly young whisky.  More info
$96.92
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
$608.44
Distilled in 1990, this was aged in sherry butt number 5099 before bottling in 2011 for Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range. Expect big notes of chocolate and coffee!  More info
$335.75
This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas.

It was chosen by a...  More info
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$12593.93
This is a thirteen year old Allt-A-Bhainne from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Allt-A-Bhainne produce whisky predominately for the blending process so it is unusual to see a single malt...  More info
$106.39
This is an eighteen year old bottling of Benrinnes from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's...  More info
$121.19
A bourbon barrel-matured Dailuaine, this is a single cask whisky distilled in April 1997, aged for 14 years and bottled in April of 2011. A release of 265 bottles.  More info
$101.99
This is a thirteen year old Mannochmore from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth...  More info
$92.41
A single cask Miltonduff distilled in May of 1990 and aged for 21 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in November 2011. A release of 183 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$141.98
This Glen Grant was distilled in 1992 and aged for 19 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Octave range of whiskies from prestigious distilleries, finished in smaller "octave" casks for...  More info
$156.27
This was distilled at Glen Moray in November of 1990 and aged in cask 10297 for 21 years before bottling at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range in 2012. A release of 196...  More info
$197.42
This single cask Linkwood was distilled in October 1996 before a 15 year maturation. It was bottled in February 2012 by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range, this is batch number 0002.  More info
$101.59
A 20 year old, cask-strength Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Octave range of whiskies aged in smaller "Octave" casks for additional flavour and spice.  More info
$216.93
This was distilled at Dailuaine in April 1997 and aged for 15 years in a single refill barrel before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in April 2012. A release of just 268 bottles.  More info
$105.18
A wonderful Glendullan distilled in 1999, aged in cask 16546 and bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd. The cask was selected by John Farmer, the National Chairman of The Royal British Legion and there...  More info
$97.68
Strathmill Manager's Dram is a single cask whisky specially selected and bottled at natural cask strength from one of Speyside's lesser known distilleries.  More info
$347.59
The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1991 Family Cask was aged in sherry butt number 5669 before bottling at cask-strength in 2012. This is a rich, digestif-style malt.  More info
$339.13
Spicy, complex Glen Grant finished in smaller, octave-sized casks from Duncan Taylor's wonderful Octave range. This was distilled in 1995 and aged for 17 years before bottling as a single cask.  More info
$120.87
An 11 year old Glenlossie, distilled in September 2000 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range in June 2012. This is batch one…  More info
$88.58
This is a twenty year old Miltonduff bottled by Mackillop's who also own Glencadam and Tomintoul.  More info
$101.73

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