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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 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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$117.46
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
$194.05
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
$227.75
The second Batch of BenRiach single malt scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Recently BenRiach began malting the own barley once again, it is labour intensive work however, potentially...  More info
This is a stunning twenty-five year old Linkwood from Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin. Linkwood is a great performer but is exceptionally good at this age!  More info
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$122.95
At the end of April 2013, the co-owners of Douglas Laing, brothers Fred and Stewart, went their separate ways. The company was split with Fred retaining the name Douglas Laing & Co along with ranges...  More info
$233.89
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
$181.55
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
$74.40
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
$1061.08
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
$279.28
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
$1240.48
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
$102.41
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
$75.77
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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$58.82
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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$375.63
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
$145.92
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
$141.22
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
$175.91
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
$71.10
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
$274.30
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
$995.34
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
$164.71
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
$349.86

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