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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 Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from this...  More info
$189.49
A Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from this...  More info
$189.49
Distilled in 1967, this is a truly sublime, incredibly rare single cask whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was aged for 41 years before bottling at natural cask strength. It comes in a...  More info
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$2798.80
Distilled in 1967, this is a truly sublime, incredibly rare single cask whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was aged for 41 years before bottling at natural cask strength. It comes in a...  More info
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$2798.80
A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info
$63.80
A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info
$63.80
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The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of...  More info
$403.05
STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER

The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of...  More info
$403.05
A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info
$26.55
A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info
$26.55
Bottled for the Duthies range by WM Cadenhead, this 18 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky has bottled without chill-filtering or having anything added to it. It's nothing but 354 bottles of...  More info
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$78.31
Bottled for the Duthies range by WM Cadenhead, this 18 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky has bottled without chill-filtering or having anything added to it. It's nothing but 354 bottles of...  More info
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$78.31
A Beinn a'Cheò bottling of 16 year old Dailuiane single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask (#4237, in case you were wondering) and bottled at cask strength. 302 bottles were produced by the...  More info
$114.92
A Beinn a'Cheò bottling of 16 year old Dailuiane single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask (#4237, in case you were wondering) and bottled at cask strength. 302 bottles were produced by the...  More info
$114.92
A. D. Rattray in Kirkoswald, which is just south of Ayr, bottled this 17 year old Glentauchers single malt without chill-filtering or colouring and at cask strength. It matured for those 17 long years...  More info
$110.52
A. D. Rattray in Kirkoswald, which is just south of Ayr, bottled this 17 year old Glentauchers single malt without chill-filtering or colouring and at cask strength. It matured for those 17 long years...  More info
$110.52
A release of 416 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range, this was distilled at Glenlossie in September 1993, aged for 18 years in a refill butt and bottled in January of 2012.  More info
$127.60
A release of 416 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range, this was distilled at Glenlossie in September 1993, aged for 18 years in a refill butt and bottled in January of 2012.  More info
$127.60
Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info
$78.85
Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info
$78.85
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. It was distilled in 1997, matured in a mix of sherry butts and American oak casks and bottled in...  More info
$58.12
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. It was distilled in 1997, matured in a mix of sherry butts and American oak casks and bottled in...  More info
$58.12
This thirty-nine year old Glenglassaugh has been finished in Muscat sweet wine barrels to lend it a rich chocolate and berry notes.  More info
$626.80
This thirty-nine year old Glenglassaugh has been finished in Muscat sweet wine barrels to lend it a rich chocolate and berry notes.  More info
$626.80
Hunter Laing will continue the Old Malt Cask range and this 18 year old Mortlach is mighty fine example. 279 bottles were produced from the refill hogshead.  More info
$137.73

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