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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 Glenlivet was aged for an extraordinary 55 years in a refill sherry cask (cask number 120). Distilled in 1943, during the war, and unsurprisingly chosen by the directors at Gordon & MacPhail for...  More info
$4986.13
This Glenlivet is over forty-six years old and has been specially selected to join Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection and was bottled from an American oak hogshead.  More info
$1380.46
This was distilled at Braeval on the 12th November 1998, and it was aged for 12 years in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength on the 7th June 2011. A release of 449...  More info
$106.83
This was distilled at Glen Keith on the 4th April 1973, it was aged for 38 years in a refill sherry butt, before bottling by Signatory in June 2011.  More info
$431.52
A Signatory bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 1995 and bottled in January 2014. It matured in two consecutive hogshead casks for 18 years.  More info
$73.07
A Speyside favourite - Benrinnes single malt. This Signatory bottling is drawn from two bourbon barrels, filled in October 1999 and bottled in February 2014. 723 bottles of 14 year old Benrinnes...  More info
$59.94
This is the second batch of deliciously sherried single malt from the Aberlour distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Expect a rich, dark, spicy whisky with oodles of complexity coming...  More info
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$85.56
A belter of a Benrinnes - good, clean sherry - very nice indeed, thank you very much! Matured for 14 years in a single sherry butt and bottled at natural cask strength as part of Master of Malt's...  More info
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$83.89
Back in 1992 when cask number 117469 was filled, the world was a very different place – Wet Wet Wet were top of the charts and those little squeezy Marmite bottles were yet to be invented. Truly a...  More info
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$100.68
An utterly delicious 21 year old from the Speyside distillery of Glen Moray in Elgin. There was an outturn of 260 fruity bottles at a natural cask strength of 60.7%!...  More info
$151.06
Bottled by our fair hands here at Master of Malt, this is a single cask release of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and matured for 20 years in cask 4955. There was an outturn of...  More info
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$87.24
Batch 45 of the mighty Aberlour a'Bunadh. Matured in Oloroso butts and bottled at natural cask strength without chill filtration, the high standard Aberlour maintain across these batches is admirable...  More info
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$66.42
The Guardians have spoken! In late 2013, Glenlivet sent out samples of three different single malts to the Guardians of Glenlivet all over the world and let them choose what would be the next release...  More info
$94.52
At 21 years old this Glenburgie, bottled by us here at Master of Malt, would be old enough to legally drink itself in America, but that would be a shame because then we wouldn't be able to. Also...  More info
$102.36
Knockando 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A delicate, sweet 12 year old single malt, unchallenging, yet rather charming. It was because of the Knockando distillery that Knockdhu began bottling their whiskies under the name anCnoc - for they...  More info
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$51.00
This Master of Malt bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Keith distillery offers up a smorgasbord of summer delights, just the ticket for warding off those shortening autumn days. Full...  More info
$99.00
Summer pudding from Speyside! This Master of Malt single cask bottling of Miltonduff is so fruity it must count towards one of your five a day! Don’t quote us on that though because we’re not medical...  More info
$87.24
A fantastic single cask Strathmill bottled at natural cask strength in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation period in cask 2534. A wonderfully delicate and complex nose leads into the more robust...  More info
$120.83
Batch 46 is only the second Aberlour a'Bunadh batch released in 2013 (so far), so we imagine that many fans of the series have been eagerly awaiting this delicious dram. As usual, the Aberlour...  More info
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$66.42
What's the best way for Hunter Laing to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Old Malt Cask range? With some very special releases of well aged whisky, of course! These commemorative 15th anniversary...  More info
$797.04
The Speyside distillery of Tormore was founded in 1958 and constructed in an architecturally striking design. We've managed to get our hands on this 28 year old single cask from the often-overlooked...  More info
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Aged for more than 39 years in a single sherry cask, this independent bottling from Mackillop's was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. Distilled on 6th July 1973 and bottled in March...  More info
$372.02
This is a rich, intense Speyside single malt, aged in top-quality sherry wood before bottling. It was distilled at Glen Grant in 1964 before a 31 year maturation. It was then bottled in October 1995...  More info
$1007.55
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Ah, marrying tun 1401. This is where David Stewart weaves some of his finest magic, selecting only the very best casks The Balvenie has to offer to produce some of their...  More info
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$399.01
The third batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Macallan is a rich, malty whisky, featuring a wonderful comic book-style illustration of a handsome giant looking with curiosity at Macallan's...  More info

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