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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 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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This is a rich and full-bodied BenRiach which was distilled in 1976. It was aged for 35 years in sherry butt number 6967. The result is a classic, rich Speyside whisky of the old school.  More info
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$539.86
Aberlour 16 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A spiced, rich 16 year old Speyside single malt, 'double matured' in both ex-bourbon and sherry casks. A great Aberlour.  More info
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A cask strength sherry-matured Mortlach from MacKillop's Choice. This was distilled on the 1st September 1989 and aged for 22 years in cask 3926 before bottling in March of 2012. Each bottle is...  More info
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Yet another cracking release from Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection, this one being a single malt Scotch whisky from the Speyside distillery, Longmorn. Matured for 21 years in a single...  More info
$140.07
A 21 year old Glenfiddich that's been finished in specially selected Caribbean rum casks.  More info
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$155.49
A great 10 year old from Balvenie. Founder's Reserve is Whisky Magazine Recommended, Michael Jackson suggests this might be the most "honeyish of Speyside malts".  More info
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The oldest whisky in batch 9 of GlenDronach's single cask bottlings, this 41 year old(!) single malt Scotch whisky was aged in Oloroso sherry butt number 702 and bottled at 51.7% abv. Just 448 were...  More info
$956.76
The Glenlivet Alpha
(70cl, 50%)
Strictly 1 per customer

Here, we have something unique. A limited release of 3,350 bottles (only 600 in the UK!) of pure mystery and intrigue. The label says "from The Glenlivet Distillery", and at...  More info
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$162.97
A delicious, fruity, rich single cask BenRiach, this was distilled in 1976 and aged in cask 5317 for 35 years. This included a finish in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask before bottling in July 2012.  More info
$539.86
Bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection, a range of vintage whiskies presented at their natural strengths, this Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1989 comes from cask 24382, a refill...  More info
$140.89
Nadurra is an excellent cask-strength release from the Glenlivet distillery, made in bourbon casks and aged for 16 years. This is Batch 0512T, released in 2012.  More info
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$76.33
A 22 year old single cask Scotch whisky distilled at The Macallan in 1990. This Speyside whisky was bottled at cask strength by Mackillop's in April 2013.  More info
At an incredible 42 years old, this was one of the oldest casks Glendronach had maturing. Distilled back in 1971 and bottled in 2013, 432 bottles were produced from this single Pedro Ximénez Sherry...  More info
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$1140.94
A fantastic Speyside whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, this 25 year old single cask bottling is presented by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular selection. 222 bottles were released.  More info
$179.55
A very well matured 1953 vintage from Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as being a "big, bold sherried malt".  More info
$1144.40
A Directors' Cut bottling from Strathisla. Aged for a full 21 years before release, just 131 bottles were produced.  More info
$221.18
Balvenie 30 Year Old
(70cl, 47.30%)
A Gold Medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 30 year old Speyside single malt from Balvenie was matured in American oak and sherry casks before being bottled at...  More info
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$491.95
Matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, this demonstrates the rich, intensity of Aberlour single malt. Peppery and fruity.  More info
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The Glen Spey distillery in Speyside produce much of their whisky for use in blends. However, independent bottlers do get their hands on single casks of their single malt Scotch whisky every once in a...  More info
$166.03
This is the first batch of Tormore single malt Scotch whisky from Tormore distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It comes with a wonderful comic book-style label with a reference to...  More info
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$117.37
A marvelous gift set from Glenfarclas, in a handsome gift box. This comes with miniatures of the 12 year old and the cask strength 105.  More info
$193.90
A vatting of two casks of Glenallachie aged for 16 years, prior to release by indie bottler Signatory in 2013.  More info
$61.09
A darkly hued Glen Grant, distilled in 1974 and aged in cask 7643 for 37 years before bottling in 2012. Really fabulous stuff, at natural cask strength!  More info
$227.57

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