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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 well-sherried, full-bodied Speyside single malt from The Macallan distillery. The 18 year old was Recommended by Whisky Mag.  More info
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$308.17
A fantastic single cask Macallan whisky, which spent a 15 year maturation period in a refill sherry hogshead. Distilled in October 1997, it was bottled on 14th March 2013 with just 227 bottles...  More info
$167.86
A UK release from the fine folks at Glendronach of single cask tastiness. Distilled in September 1990, this single malt whisky has matured in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon for 23 years before being...  More info
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$171.21
This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve. This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels and refill casks and sherry butts.  More info
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$56.44
Braes of Glenlivet is now better known as Braeval after the distillery dropped the Glenlivet suffix in 1994 to avoid confusion with the nearby Glenlivet Distillery. The distillery is also the highest...  More info
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This is the second batch of the very popular Aultmore from That Boutique-y Whisky Company - an independent bottler of small batches of whisky from some of Scotland's finest distilleries. Each whisky...  More info
This is Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caperdonich, bottled at 45.7% abv with a cult comic book-style label featuring the legendary pipe that supposedly ran between Caperdonich and its...  More info
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$228.31
A 12 year old from the BenRiach distillery, this Speyside single malt was finished in casks used prior to mature Pedro Ximenez sherry. This is a heavily peated BenRiach, a limited release of 3,180...  More info
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$53.94
The second batch of Glendronach Cask Strength, aged in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks and bottled without an age statement. This is a truly delicious sherried Speyside single malt.  More info
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A limited edition commemorative release from The Macallan featuring two quite different, 35cl bottles of sherried Speyside whisky. Only 1953 bottles have been produced for...  More info
$2015.18
Batch 3 of the ever popular Boutique-y Aultmore! Why so popular you ask? Well, on top of being delicious it has a Velociraptor fighting a Shark on the label. A Velociraptor. Fighting. A...  More info
The famous Cardhu 12 year old presented in a charming leather pouch.  More info
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$70.74
This 1970 Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a sherry butt, has been bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their Speymalt series, a collection of whiskies which honour the fantastic...  More info
$640.10
This is a superbly rich, malty whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was actually almost entirely distilled at one of Speyside's most legendary distilleries, though after distillation the...  More info
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$83.89
Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
(70cl, 47.60%)
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A one off from Glenfiddich. This was created with whisky that was blended from casks that lay in warehouses which collapsed under snow on the 7th January. This casks included...  More info
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Cu Dhub Black
(70cl, 40%)
Pronounced 'Kaddoo', Cu Dhub Black is a slightly honeyed, thick, smoky offering from the Speyside distillery.  More info
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$44.55
A vintage whisky from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range, this 2012 release was distilled in 1994 at Imperial, a now closed distillery, which in fact spent more of the last century closed than...  More info
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$78.07
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In December 2013, four brave servicemen and women who have been wounded while serving in the armed forces will set out on an awe-inspiring 335km race to the South Pole...  More info
$1679.39
One of the first releases from Lady of the Glen, an independent bottler from Fife, who obviously heard the phrase "Go big or go home" and took it to heart, as this 14 year old Benrinnes is hugely...  More info
$105.80
Diageo's Distillers Edition range is a series of Classic Malts, specially finished in wine casks. This Cragganmore is a fine example, distilled in 1998 and finished in port pipes before bottling.  More info
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$94.80
A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info
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$50.57
Bottled by up-and-coming independent bottler Lady of the Glen, this 19 year old Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky is very promising if it indicates how good their future releases will be. It was...  More info
A 36 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenburgie distillery matured in a single bourbon barrel from June 1976 to April 2013. Glencraig is the name given to the single malt from Glenburgie that...  More info
$315.10
A brand new edition of Glenfiddich 30, this was release in 2010 and comes in a stunning wooden box, as well as having a very stylish bottle. During its maturation (in Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks)...  More info
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This 10 year old from Macallan was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info
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