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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 GlenDronach single malt matured for 21 long years in an Oloroso sherry cask, from 1992 to 2013, before it was bottled as part of batch 9 of the distillery's single cask bottlings series with an...  More info
$181.89
A 20 year old single cask whisky from Glenlossie, the site of one of Diageo's new bio-plants. Distilled in October 1992, it was bottled by Signatory in January 2013, an outturn of 378 bottles from an...  More info
$74.54
Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info
$1063.02
BenRiach 30 Year Old
(70cl, 50%)
A 30 year old aged in a combination of bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Gomez sherry, this single malt from BenRiach was heralded by Malt Maniacs who awarded it a Silver Medal.  More info
$279.79
Distilled in January 1954 and bottled in November 2012, it's safe to say that this Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky is just ridiculously old. It spent over 50 years maturing in a sherry butt...  More info
$1242.75
Of the 2,000,000 litres of alcohol produced every year at BenRiach (much of which is sold to Chivas for blends) only 25,000 litres are triple distilled! Matured for 15 years including a finishing...  More info
$102.60
This refill bourbon barrel-matured Glenallachie is a delicious Speyside malt from Gordon and MacPhail's popular Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 1999 and the bottlers describe it as...  More info
$55.78
Part of the Distillery Labels series from Gordon and MacPhail, which gives their independently bottled whiskies traditional (and often very cool) labels. Speaking of very cool, this Strathisla single...  More info
$75.90
The single cask bottlings series by GlenDronach has reached its 9th batch and the distillery is still going strong. This 23 year old expression comes from Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon number 5470. It...  More info
This is Batch 44 of the irrepressible Aberlour A'Bunadh bottling. The A'Bunadh is labelled without an age statement and is bottled at a cask strength of 59.7% abv. Although each batch is unique, this...  More info
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$58.93
A bottling of GlenDronach 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask 1243, a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. 679 bottles were produced as part of batch 9 of the distillery's single cask...  More info
Tomintoul's first Vintage Single Cask release. Matured for over 31 years in a bourbon cask, it was distilled in October 1981 and bottled in February 2013. 1 of just 196 bottles, this is a cask...  More info
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$376.32
An 18 year old GlenDronach single malt, part of batch 9 from the single cask bottlings series. It spent "18 long years" in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon number 3302. We're unsure of the difference...  More info
$146.19
For 21 years, sherry butt #7708 matured this single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery. It was opened by Signatory and the whisky became part of the Cask Strength Collection, producing...  More info
$141.48
Batch 9 of GlenDronach's single cask bottlings has yielded a whole host of honourable expressions, including this 21 year old single malt, distilled in 1991 and matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry...  More info
$176.23
A 16 year old Longmorn distilled on the 7th March 1996, aged in a refill butt before bottling on the 23rd May 2012. A release of 887 bottles from Signatory.  More info
$71.23
This is a 30 year old Single Malt Whisky from the closed distillery of Caperdonich. This has been bottled for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range and is a stunning example of this lost distillery.  More info
$274.80
This is a single cask Tomintoul which was distilled in 1972 and aged in a refill sherry hogshead (cask number 1974) before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail at natural cask strength. Delicious.  More info
$997.16
20 year old single cask single malt Scotch whisky drawn from cask 5 (that's right, cask 5!) from GlenDronach. Batch 9 has produced some lovely expressions, and this Oloroso aged whisky sure is sure of...  More info
$165.01
This is a Director's Cut bottling of a sherry cask Glenlivet bottled at 35 years of age by Douglas Laing. This is a fresh and fruity cask-strength bottling with great depth of flavour.  More info
$350.50
Batch 9 of GlenDronach's very popular single cask bottlings includes some real cracking expressions of crack open at special occasions. This 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky, for example, matured...  More info
$154.67
This is an Un-Chillfiltered Imperial from Signatory, distilled in October 1995 and aged for 17 years in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled in 2012...  More info
$64.53
Distilled at Millburn in 1975 and aged for 25 years before bottling in 2001 for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info
An 8 year old bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this Glenrothes single malt was aged in refill sherry casks.  More info
$41.55
A single cask, cask strength Glenlossie from Signatory. An outturn of 274 bottles from cask 3443.  More info
$121.16

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