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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
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
A 1974 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask from the Autumn 2013 releases. 240 bottles were produced from cask 5785. They do spoil us.  More info
$782.97
The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1971 Family Cask. This was filled into sherry butt 140, where it rested until bottling in 2011. An outturn of 468 bottles.  More info
$661.95
This is a 1980s bottling of 12 year old Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky, complete with a handsome presentation tin depicting some Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders having a good old natter. A...  More info
$161.50
Distilled at Strathisla distillery in June 1991, this single cask whisky was released by Douglas Laing and as part of their Old Malt Cask series. After a maturation period of 21 years in cask 9519 it...  More info
$159.88
Batch 2 of Duncan Taylor's 17 year old 1995 Linkwood, bottled in February 2013 as part of the Dimensions range.  More info
$104.28
A 17 year old Imperial distilled in May of 1995 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in May of 2012. This is a single cask release from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range, and there are just...  More info
$117.69
This Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1992, long before the distillery was bought by Campari in 2006. Grab a piece of history, expertly bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old...  More info
$154.92
The Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask reaches double digits! The 10th release comes from cask 8791, a plain hogshead, and was bottled in 2012. A limited release of 210 bottles of brilliant single malt...  More info
$539.55
This is a 12 year old, single cask Allt-á-Bhainne from the Provenance range. It was distilled in the Summer of 2000 before a sherry butt maturation. It was bottled in Autumn 2012, and boasts a fresh...  More info
$78.28
How do Signatory find time to sleep? All they seem to do it bottle exceptional whisky and let the accolades roll in! This is one more for you collectors out there, an 18 year old Tormore, drawn from...  More info
$64.36
Douglas Laing have bottled this Inchgower from an ex-sherry cask filled in 1995. This whisky has had no additional colouring added and hasn't been chill filtered.  More info
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$108.57
A rare and complex bottling from the Connoisseur's choice range from Gordon and Macphail.  More info
$300.28
The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1983 vintage Family Casks, aged in cask 43 from 1983 until 2012, when it was bottled. 273 bottles were produced. I wish my family was cool enough to make a whole...  More info
$438.01
This is a single cask Mosstowie - a rare whisky distilled at the Lomond stills at Miltonduff. It was distilled on the 6th February 1979 before a 33 year maturation in a bourbon barrel. It was bottled...  More info
$291.45
Distilled in 2000, this Benromach from Gordon and MacPhail was finished in port pipes from the Douro Valley for the final 8 years of its maturation.  More info
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This was distilled at Glen Grant on the 26th November 1990 before a 20 year maturation in a single cask (number 23169). It was bottled at natural cask strength for the Mackillop's Choice range in...  More info
An 18 year old Carn Mor bottling from Miltonduff. Cracking stuff taken from two hogsheads.  More info
$92.05
This was distilled at the Benrinnes distillery in 1996 and it was aged in a single cask before being bottled by Wemyss Malts in 2011. A release of 767 bottles.  More info
$99.00
Distilled on the 30th August 1999, this is a 13 year old, bourbon barrel-matured Craigellachie. It was bottled for Signatory in September 2012.  More info
$61.69
This is a delicious 1985 vintage, 26 year old BenRiach which was distilled from peated malt and finished in a cask which previously held sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry. Very good stuff and at...  More info
$191.44
A young and feisty 10 year old Craigellachie from Signatory. Punchy, no doubt - matured in a single sherry butt that produced 642 bottles at natural cask strength.  More info
$94.48

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