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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
Part of Douglas Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Longmorn was distilled in December 1994 and bottled in June 2013 following an 18 year maturation period.  More info
$137.96
This 17 year old Miltonduff was bottled as part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, bottled without chill filtration or artificial colouring at 48.4% abv in August 2013. The outturn was 319...  More info
$115.03
From the closed Caperdonich distillery in Speyside comes this supreme single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled all the way back in 1972, when we first got a taste for the video-game Pong in the...  More info
$2100.18
43 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky? Good Heavens, who could say no to that? Distilled in 1970, this whisky has had an incredibly long maturation, so it's only fair that it's been bottled...  More info
$1912.73
Dailuaine distillery, hidden away on the Spey River, filled cask 10976 in August 1998. In August 2013, 15 years later, it became part of the Dimensions range for Duncan Taylor, a release of 312...  More info
$136.03
From cask 85123 emerged 233 bottles of Glen Grant whisky, free from their oak prison after 17 years of captivity. With this new-found freedom, they joined the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range of whisky...  More info
$129.77
Having matured for 22 years, the single whisky in cask 10298 was deemed spectacular enough to join Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range of single cask bottlings. A limited release of 256 shiny bottles.  More info
$204.75
The Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor showcases lots of fantastic single cask Scotch whisky that has been aged very well and bottled at natural cask strength, like this 17 year old Longmorn. Just...  More info
$176.64
Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe, growing...  More info
$2566.35
Independently bottled by Wemyss, this single cask Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky has been given a descriptive and slightly whimsical name, as Wemyss does with all of their bottlings. This tasty...  More info
$121.85
A 20 year old Ben Nevis single malt Scotch whisky, and 7 of those months were spent in a reconstructed sherry octave cask to promote contact between the whisky and the oak. The cask number was 446106.  More info
$178.94
A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family...  More info
$12616.95
The Provenance collection from Douglas Laing celebrates the seasons in which the whisky is distilled. This yummy 11 year old Glen Moray single malt was distilled in Autumn 2001 and bottled in Summer...  More info
$70.28
A stunning Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the ever-popular Old Particular range from Douglas Laing. Bottled at 51.5% abv, this 20 year old single cask treat is rather exciting...  More info
$147.97
Sometimes it's good to be picky, or maybe to be so bold as to be "particular" if it means releasing whisky as fantastic as this 17 year old Glentauchers. Douglas Laing does an excellent job of putting...  More info
$134.80
This single cask release of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1994, which was the year their wash stills were converted to steam firing. Impress your friends with this knowledge!...  More info
$146.00
An Old Particular bottling of Tormore 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky by Douglas Laing. Cask 10053, which was a sherry cask by the way, was filled with some incredible whisky, and now it's all...  More info
$131.59
One of Speyside's fantastic distilleries, Glen Grant produce high quality whisky with every release. Even independent bottlings of their whisky are exceptional, like this 18 year old Old Malt Cask...  More info
$137.96
Yummy 18 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. A limited release of 228 bottles.  More info
$137.96
Matured for 26 years, this Berry Bros. & Rudd release of Linkwood is a rather handsome devil. Handsome and delicious!  More info
$236.48
20 years was long enough for this Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky to develop some excellent flavours. We're very happy Berry Bros. & Rudd knew when the right time to bottle this whisky and capture...  More info
$146.27
A single cask release of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside. The immensely tasty whisky, which was distilled in 1996, was bottled in 2013 by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$126.54
A cask strength Macduff single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel since March 1991 and bottled in June 2013 by Càrn Mòr. Just 133 bottles of this whisky were produced!  More info
$169.42
The Duncan Taylor Single selection are a wonderfully lavish series of independently bottled rare whiskies from top distilleries, presented in gorgeous hardwood and leather boxes. This edition is a 30...  More info
$559.23
Single cask Linkwood whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. Cask 11152 has an outturn of 253 bottles when it was emptied in October 2013, 22 years after it was filled.  More info
$185.72

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