Delivery Login
Blog Contact Trade +44 (0)1892 888 376
My Basket
Total$0.00
You can change the currency displayed here.
click to close

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

Share This!

Browse whiskies

Other Whisky Regions

Islay Whisky
(847)
Maple Whiskey Liqueur
Blend Your Own Whisky
Smooth Ambler Distillery
Kentucky Oak Barrels
Tasting Sets
Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery
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
While a vast majority of Mortlach whisky finds its was into Johnnie Walker blends, a small amount of it escapes in these big, wooden things called "casks" to be enjoyed as a single malt. This one is a...  More info
$65.57
An 8 year old Tamdhu from the newly repackaged MacPhail's Collection, now bottled at the higher strength of 43% abv.  More info
$44.84
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
$104.06
This is the ninth release of Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask - an extraordinary whisky which was aged in a single sherry butt (number 19289) before bottling in 2012.  More info
$366.41
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
$125.14
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
$139.71
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
$79.71
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
$133.16
This independent bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky was drawn from casks 2663 and 2664 after their nice, long slumber of 17 years. A limited release from Signatory of 831 bottles.  More info
$82.51
A 14 year old Benrinnes from Douglas Laing. Expect top quality casks.  More info
$88.66
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$81.05
A 33 yo (!!!) Glenglassaugh from Signatory at natural cask strength of only 44.2%. An outturn of 230 bottles.  More info
$235.31
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
$80.27
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
$126.52
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
$133.27
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
$93.05
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
$61.82
A 1984 vintage Glenfarclass bottled in 2011, part of the 7th release of the intriguing Family Casks releases.  More info
$575.54
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
$79.00
This Glenglassaugh was distilled almost half a century ago, just after the distillery was reopened in the early sixties. Glenglassaugh has been closed and re-opened three times in its history so the...  More info
$1117.72
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
$191.05
Tomintoul's first Vintage Single Cask release. Matured for over 31 years in a bourbon cask, it was distilled in October 1981 and bottled in February 2013. 1 of just 196 bottles, this is a cask...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$379.79
This indie bottling of Mortlach was distilled in 1998, two years after the distillery was refurbished. This release is made with whisky drawn from two hogshead casks by Càrn Mòr in 2014. 517 bottles...  More info
$104.06
This is a Celebration of the Cask Black Gold bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky; matured in a Sherry hogshead from June 1989 to March 2014. A very Sherried release of 266 bottles of...  More info
$364.93

Recently viewed

We use cookies to help provide you with the best possible online shopping experience. By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.
Visit our privacy policy page for more information.

The prices currently being shown in USD are approximate, and should be used for illustrative purposes only. All prices are in GBP and all orders are charged in GBP. The order total – the amount you will actually be charged – will be displayed in GBP before you place your order. Click here to change your currency.
We Accept
Delivery Partners
Master of Malt supports responsible drinking - Sip, don't Gulp.
ATOM Supplies Ltd trading as Master of Malt. Registered office: North House, 198 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BE. Registered in England & Wales. Company number 3193057, VAT number GB 662241553.