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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
Toasted Hazelnuts. Yep. We'd go with that. Maybe a touch of Smoke too? Just 234 bottles available from this single cask distilled at Longmorn.  More info
$123.79
In August 1999, two bourbon barrels were filled at the Craigellachie distillery. 14 years later, in November 2013, these two barrels were cracked open and the single malt Scotch whisky was poured into...  More info
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$58.61
Glen Moray is one of a limited number of distilleries that still malt their own barley on site. This twenty year old bottle was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012.  More info
$138.20
Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection has been wildly popular and we're sure that this addition to the range will fly off the shelves like a racing pigeon that's just seen a massive bag tasty, tasty...  More info
$78.85
Imagine popping into the bakery for a danish and coming out with a bottle of Apple Pastry, a spectacular single cask whisky from Wemyss. It's probably not going to happen, although you could pretend...  More info
$131.71
A single cask 8 year old Glenrothes presented in a handsome late 1800s-style ceramic decanter from Douglas Laing.

Also an excuse for some subtle alliteration.

"The Epicurean, Efficacious...  More info
$196.77
The traditional name for the Linkwood distillery, Linkwood-Glenlivet, is used on this WM Cadenhead independent bottling. The single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2001 and bottled in October...  More info
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$80.17
A 15 year old Dailuaine bottled by Carn Mor for the UK market. It is taken from two casks, part of the Strictly Limited series.  More info
$79.40
A 33 yo (!!!) Glenglassaugh from Signatory at natural cask strength of only 44.2%. An outturn of 230 bottles.  More info
$232.76
Cask strength Glenlivet single malt, bottled by Signatory! Yum yum! 603 bottles were produced from cask 157421, a sherry butt, when it was opened in October 2013.  More info
$121.57
Macduff distillery always produces some fantastic expressions, and this 21 year old single cask release from Douglas Laing is no exception. 252 bottles of this cracking Highlands whisky were produced.  More info
$125.15
From the dearly departed distillery Caperdonich comes this 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd. You don't often see Caperdonich single malt as a lot of their output...  More info
$131.83
Mortlach was where William Grant who founded Glenfiddich and Balvenie started his career. To this day it still produces an excellent single malt as can be seen in this fourteen year old bottling from...  More info
$92.05
This twenty year old Mortlach was bottled as part of UDV's (now Diageo) Rare Malts collection in 1998 and is very rare - who'd have thunk it?  More info
$587.70
This was distilled at the Glenglassaugh distillery on the 1st September 1979 before a 32 year maturation in hogshead number 1543. It was bottled in 2012 and comes from Signatory's Cask Strength...  More info
$248.65
Distilled at Allt-á-Bhainne in the Summer of 2000, this single cask Speyside whisky was matured for 12 years in a Sherry butt before bottling as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range in early 2013.  More info
$78.14
Cask 1525 held Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky since it was distilled in May 1985 until December 2013 when it was cracked open and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. Just 175...  More info
$188.98
Distilled at Tamnavulin on the 15th November 1968, aged in hogshead 3659 before bottling on the 7th May 2009. Bottled for the new Carn Mor range. A release of 335 bottles.  More info
$477.18
A very tasty, 17 year old Imperial, distilled in 1995 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. This was finished in smaller "octave" casks, and the result is additional spice and complexity.  More info
$135.19
The Speyside distillery of Mannochmore was mothballed in 1985 and this bottle was distilled just after the distillery reopened in 1991 and was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2011.  More info
$75.64
A 21 year old Tomintoul distilled in August of 1989 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in November of 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 292 bottles.  More info
$132.49
John Milroy along with his brother Wallace were among the pioneers who pushed single malt whisky in London almost fifty years ago. They opened their shop in 1964, this is John's selection of a...  More info
$132.60
It pays to be particular in the whisky world, which is why Douglas Laing's Old Particular collection is really rather spiffy. Speaking of things which contain a high proportion of spiffiness, this 16...  More info
$108.46
A Dailuaine 23 Year Old from Mackillop's Choice, distilled on 9 June 1988 and bottled in March 2012 from cask 3549.  More info
$150.05
A Glen Elgin from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions series. This was distilled in October of 1995 and aged for 16 years before bottling un-chillfiltered in April 2012. This is from batch 0001.  More info
$94.13

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