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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
An 8 year old bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this Glenrothes single malt was aged in refill sherry casks.  More info
$41.32
A single cask, cask strength Glenlossie from Signatory. An outturn of 274 bottles from cask 3443.  More info
$120.47
A cask-strength Glenrothes, distilled in March of 1991 and aged for 21 years in cask 5155 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in June of 2012. A release of just 236 numbered bottles of fabulous single...  More info
$211.73
The final entry in Macallan's 1824 Series steers away from the evocative, colour inspired names and goes simply by The Macallan M. Made with whiskies that reach far into Macallan's past with an...  More info
$4516.22
A bottling of Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1993, before Bacardi became its owner. This is part of the Mackillop's Choice single cask range. As such, it is a limited release...  More info
$145.89
The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info
$2282.20
This was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery on the 22nd April 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a pair of hogsheads (numbers 55412 and 55413). It was bottled at natural cask strength in October...  More info
$119.68
The stunning second batch of Balvenie's Tun 1401, named after the favourite marrying tun of Balvenie's malt master, David Stewart. This is made using sherry and bourbon wood aged whiskies from the...  More info
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This is a medium-bodied, 1998 vintage Dailuaine from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill sherry hogsheads, before bottling at 46%ABV - slightly higher than previous...  More info
$52.99
The fourth Masters of Photography project from The Macallan is their biggest yet, featuring 58 different individual single cask whiskies that have been selected by Macallan Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno...  More info
$1672.66
Print 57 from the fourth Masters of Photography project features a Benbecula beach scene taken by Elliott Erwitt and a handmade 35cl bottle of single cask whisky to match - simple and fresh with sea...  More info
$1672.66
This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info
$1638.49
Beautifully packaged and hand numbered, the Glendronach Grandeur has been aged in oloroso sherry casks for over thirty years in Glendronach's dunnage warehouses.  More info
A 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from one of the top Speyside distilleries, Glenlivet. This particular release was aged in a sherry butt, from May 1996 to November 2012. Signatory bottled cask...  More info
$121.09
This was distilled at the Glen Moray distillery in 1996, and it was aged in a single hogshead before bottling by Wemyss Malts in 2011. This is a release of 299 bottles.  More info
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$111.84
This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery on the 5th November 1981 before a 30 year maturation in a single cask (sherry hogshead number 9457). It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength...  More info
$249.23
Between 1986 and 2008, the Glenglassaugh distillery was silent, no whisky coming from it at all. Luckily, it's back open and the whisky flows once more! However, in an even luckier turn of events...  More info
$247.66
Pears and Almonds. Apples and Pears. Cor blimey - it's an Inchgower we've half-inched from Wemyss. Aged for 31 years in a single Hogshead and distilled in 1982, just 315 bottles have been produced.  More info
$182.09
A 16 year old from Tormore, distilled on the 27th April 1995 and aged in a pair of hogsheads before bottling on the 8th March 2012. A release of 841 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info
$60.90
A UK exclusive from GlenDronach! They sure do spoil us, and we properly love it. This one is a single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1994 and aged in cask 67, which happened to be an...  More info
Leinburn 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A 12 year old single malt from Speyside. Leinburn is named from the little burn that ran into the River Spey.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$53.53
A Strictly Limited bottling of Braes of Glenlivet (or Braeval, as the distillery is now known) single malt Scotch whisky. It was matured in two bourbon barrels from 1994 to 2014, making it 19 years...  More info
$102.52
A single cask from The Macallan released as part of Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range. Distilled in November 1992, this delightful whisky was bottled in February 2013 after a 20 year maturation in...  More info
$254.40
A rich and tasty Speyside whisky from Signatory’s Cask Strength Collection, this was distilled at Allt-á-Bhainne on the 9th July 1991 before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (number 90114).  More info
$101.43
This was distilled at Linkwood in October 1996 and it was aged for 15 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions series in November 2011. This is Batch 0001.  More info
$101.20

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