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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
Produced for Glenglassaugh's glorious "Aged Over 30 Years" Rare Cask Series, this is a superb old single malt which was distilled in 1972 and aged for 37 years before bottling. It comes in a beautiful...  More info
A 12 year old Glendullan distilled in Autumn 1999, this was aged for 12 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in Winter 2011. A tasty malt from the Provenance range.  More info
$72.42
This 23 year old Miltonduff has been bottled by independent bottler Carn Mor from a single cask as part of their Celebration of the Cask series.  More info
A cocoa-rich, spicy single cask Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's superb Octave cask range. This was distilled in 1994 and aged for 17 years before bottling at cask-strength.  More info
$146.66
This is the St Andrews edition of Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series, released in the 1980s. It includes a 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky and a presentation tin...  More info
$201.87
The very first batch of Glendronach's Cask Strength, this is a no-age-statement malt aged in both Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez casks before bottling at natural cask strength. Intense and full of...  More info
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A 26 year old Glenglassaugh, this was launched in early 2010, as part of a range of well-aged whiskies from the distillery.  More info
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One of a trio of Balmenachs we simultaneously received from Lombard's Jewels of Scotland range here, this one being another heather fudge treat of a 21 year old Speysider, but this time without a...  More info
$160.77
Single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery, bottled by Signatory. Year and years ago (23 of them, at the time of writing), the Mortlach distillery filled cask 6074, which happened to be a...  More info
$169.12
In Autumn of 2007, Glenfarclas released a massive back catalogue of vintage casks. There are 43 between years 1952 to 1994. This single malt Speyside whisky was distilled in 1953.  More info
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$1906.93
This is an 8 year old Glenrothes from the Provenance range and, despite the dearth of its years, it has a very deep, rich colour, thanks to a maturation in a single sherry butt. This was distilled in...  More info
$78.28
A glorious single cask Glenlivet, distilled in April 1992 and aged for 19 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in August of 2011. A release of 283...  More info
$133.67
A big, brooding, smoky, smouldering dram from BenRiach, this was distilled in 1984 and aged for 27 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. It was bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
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$203.18
A buttery, creamy whisky with quite some spice, this Glenfarclas Family Cask was a refill butt (cask number 61), distilled in 1977 and bottled on the 30th November 2006 as part of a release of 582...  More info
$429.68
Now entering the arena, at a hearty 43% abv, all the way from Speyside, it's the fantastic Linkwood 18 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky bottled by Signatory!  More info
$68.40
Not even one drop of whisky has been chillfiltered for this Signatory release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky. Drawn from two consecutive hogshead that matured the whisky for 18 years with an...  More info
$72.72
A 22 year old Glendronach taken from a single Sherry cask that yielded 604 bottles at natural cask strength. A fantastic whisky from a distillery renowned for their top quality, Sherry matured...  More info
$188.75
A 14 Year Old Linkwood drawn from three concurrent casks, bottled without chill filtration by Signatory.  More info
$73.03
This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in 1973 before a 38 year maturation in a single cask (number 10658). It was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012 and it comes at natural cask...  More info
$271.16
A 21 year old Glendronach matured in a single Oloroso Sherry butt. 598 bottles of sherried magic were bottled in 2013 at full cask strength!  More info
$180.91
A 17 year old Glendronach matured in a single PX cask that yielded 709 delicious bottles at a natural cask strength of 53.1% abv.  More info
$137.19
Part of Diageo's 2009 Special Releases, this smartly packaged Pittyvaich. This 20 year old comes at cask strength, and is part of a limited release of 6,000 bottles.  More info
$232.51
An old Glenfarclas matured for the duration of its 43 years in cognac casks. This unusual maturation has paid dividends, accentuating and adding to the typical distillery character.  More info
$791.08
Distilled in Aultmore in 1982 and aged in cask 2224 before bottling by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2011.  More info
$156.47
Distiller's edition Cragganmore from the Diageo stable.  More info
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$108.09

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