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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 Dailuaine 23 Year Old from Mackillop's Choice, distilled on 9 June 1988 and bottled in March 2012 from cask 3549.  More info
$150.31
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
$94.29
An 18 year old Miltonduff from Signatory taken from three bourbon barrels. Great Stuff.  More info
$71.55
Glenburgie aged for 17 years by independent bottler Signatory, taken from two hogsheads.  More info
$56.32
This was distilled at Dufftown in March of 1982. It was aged for 30 years in a single sherry butt (number 8232) before bottling in March 2012 for Douglas Laing's Directors Cut range. A release of 189...  More info
The Masters of Photography series from Macallan is inspired by a project involving the renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz photographing actor Kevin McKidd at various locations. This whisky is The...  More info
$2786.46
17 year old Glen Keith single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in November 1995, drawn from two hogshead and bottled in August 2013 by Signatory.

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this...  More info
$64.87
This is the eighth release of a 1973 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask. These are bottled from a single cask from Glenfarclas family owned distillery. The whisky is heavily sherried with notes of...  More info
$704.01
Bottled in early 2014, this 17 year old Macallan enjoyed a secondary maturation in a teeny tiny octave cask! These have a much greater surface area to volume ratio - nice work Duncan Taylor!  More info
$254.39
This was distilled at Mortlach on the 17th September 1990 and it was aged in refill sherry butt number 6069 for 20 years before bottling on the 18th January 2011. A release of 521 numbered decanter...  More info
$127.77
Another piece of Signatory's magnificent Cask Strength Collection. Miltonduff used the Mosstowie name for this whisky as it was distilled using their Lomond still back in February 1979. Matured for 34...  More info
$277.00
A 1953 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail at a new bottling strength of 43% abv. This extraordinarily well-aged Speyside single malt is part of the Distillery Label range.  More info
$1204.11
A 25 year old single cask Tamnavulin distilled in December 1986 and aged in a refill butt before bottling in April 2012. A release of 302 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$175.86
This delicious single cask Linkwood was distilled in September 1991 before a 21 year maturation in a refill hogshead. It was bottled in October 2012 and comes from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range...  More info
$138.52
Produced at the award-winning Glenlivet distillery, Nadurra is a delicious range of cask-strength, bourbon-matured single malt, aged for 16 years. Each is bottled in small batches, and Batch 0712U is...  More info
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$90.99
A single malt from the Strathisla distillery, distilled in 1953 and released as part of a range of Gordon and MacPhail-bottled vintages from the distillery.  More info
A brilliant 14 year old Linkwood from Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Matured in 3 bourbon barrels from November 1998 to July 2013, the outtun was 887 bottles.  More info
$76.44
A single cask offering from Signatory - this Cragganmore has been aged for a full 27 years and still retains cask strength of 54.6%!  More info
$186.53
This is a 22 year old, single cask BenRiach which was distilled in 1990 and finished in a cask which previous held maturing tawny port. Very fruity and rich.  More info
A tasty single cask Aultmore from Wemyss Malts, this was distilled in 1982 and aged for 30 years in an American hogshead before bottling. The result is a release of 272 bottles with a distinct palate...  More info
$186.16
Blimey, would you just look at the deep, dark copper hue of this single cask Longmorn! Look at it! It should come as no surprise that this was matured in a first fill sherry cask for 17 years and then...  More info
$71.23
Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and distilled in 1957 at the Strathisla distillery, the distillery is known for its rich, fruity style of Speyside whisky.  More info
$705.10
Fun fact - Glenburgie distillery only fills into Bourbon casks. True, that. This single (ex-bourbon) cask produced 181 bottles as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info
$185.35
This was distilled at the Glencraig distillery on the 11th June 1976. A release of 185 bottles, bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 2nd November 2011 after 35 years in...  More info
$269.80
A 13 year old whisky from Braeval, distilled on the 12th November 1998 and aged in a pair of bourbon barrels (number 168871 and 168872) before bottling for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection on the...  More info
$92.93

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