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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
Lovely Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky! You don't see a lot of their whiskies as single malts as most of it ends up in Johnnie Walker blends. This 15 year old expression matured in a bourbon...  More info
$107.56
Whisky collectors, feast your eyes upon this little beauty! It's a 38cl bottle of 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky from the 1970s.  More info
$100.94
An antique bottle of The Glenlivet 12 year old, from the 1970s. What type of whisky is it, you ask? Why, it's "Unblended all malt Scotch whisky" (single malt), of course!  More info
$201.87
This Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky was matured for 8 years in a tiny Octave sherry cask to increase the interaction between the wood and the whisky. A fantastic independent bottling from Duncan...  More info
$103.07
To show off the vast, varied dimensions of their whisky stable, the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range includes well-aged expressions from many top distilleries. This 23 year old single cask Tormore...  More info
$273.37
The Dimensions range is like the peacock tail of Duncan Taylor, it's their way of showing off the fantastic array of whiskies they have in their portfolio. This 23 year old Linkwood, distilled in...  More info
$203.54
Part of the Duncan Taylor Dimensions selection, this 15 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in May 1998 and bottled at cask strength in September 2013 with an outturn of 295...  More info
$119.26
In May 1995, cask 85125 was brought into existence. Inside this cask was Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky matured in that cask until December 2013, when Duncan Taylor bottled it up for...  More info
$123.39
A special single cask release from Diageo, a single cask was selected from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries as part of their recently launched Managers Choice. This Glen Elgin was matured in...  More info
$380.73
Balmenach don't bottle their own single malt, and the majority makes its way into blends such as Hankey Bannister, of which it's a key component. It's always nice then when an independent bottling...  More info
$357.08
Bottled in December 2013, this Glen Elgin matured in a single 2nd fill Sherry butt for 21 years. With notes of dark spices and oranges, this particular Old Particular bottling from Douglas Laing looks...  More info
$164.00
Another Jewel of Scotland here, courtesy of Lombard. A 21 year old Balmenach distilled in 1979, it has notes of slightly burnt raisin fudge and a creamy nuttiness. Thick, delicious Speyside single...  More info
$160.77
You don't see all that much Balmenach single malt these days, apart from wonderful independent bottlings like this 12 year old Hepburn's Choice bottling. It was drawn from one hogshead and produced...  More info
$76.14
We've got a long list of favour Hepburns, from Audrey to Katherine to the late '90s pop-punk band called Hepburn, and of course the Hepburn's Choice selection of independently bottled whiskies! This...  More info
$71.34
In December 2013 449 bottles of delicious Glenburgie single malt were filled from a single Sherry butt at a strength of 50% abv. 'Twas the work of that there Hunter Laing you see, as the whisky was...  More info
$120.32
Print 22 from The Macallan's fourth Masters of Photography project features a pretty happy dog at the Pets Parade during the Aberlour Highland Games. This Elliott Erwitt photo has been paired with a...  More info
$1682.24
Part of the fourth Macallan Masters of Photography project. With the photographs taken by acclaimed photographer Elliott Erwitt from his Great Scottish Adventure and whisky chosen to match these...  More info
$1682.24
The tiny octave cask this 14 year old Royal Brackla single malt spent a secondary maturation period in had a much larger surface area to volume ratio than an ordinary cask. This means more interaction...  More info
$157.51
The third of a trio of Balmanach single malts bottled by Lombard that arrived with us at the same time - this one is a 1979 vintage bottled in 2000, but this time without an age statement (they all...  More info
$160.77
A fantastic 27 year old Cardhu from Diageo's finest popular and now sadly discontinued Rare Malts Selection. Natural cask strength, from the finest casks and, even more so than its name intended, its...  More info
$839.36
No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky...  More info
$66.53
8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet pure malt Scotch whisky, from the days where the term "pure malt" was still used - the 1980s. This was also when Arthur Bell & Sons owned the Dufftown distillery!  More info
$201.87
A 100cl bottle from the 1980s of 8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet whisky from the days when adding "Glenlivet" onto the end of you distillery name was in. Also in fashion around then was New Romantics...  More info
$272.53
A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big...  More info
$403.74
The 100 Pipers blended whisky has since become the Black Watch blend, but this bottle comes from the 1970s, when it was still named after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1745 uprising, which was led by one...  More info
$201.87

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