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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
The ninth release of Glenfarclas' legendary 1965 Family Cask. This was aged in sherry butt 4502 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask strength - a big, bold, yet refined malt.  More info
$914.23
This was distilled at the Glendullan distillery on the 25th March 1997 before a 15 year maturation in two hogsheads (casks 5067 and 5068). It was bottled for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection in...  More info
$69.55
The Miltonduff distillery in Speyside filled two casks full of their stunning single malt Scotch whisky in February 1995 and let them mature. In January 2014, Signatory bottled these two bourbon...  More info
$67.96
Distilled in 1984 at Benrinnes, this fabulous single cask whisky was bottled by the wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$136.23
The whisky for this Signatory Un-Chillfiltered release was distilled in 1995 during the short period of time when the Imperial distillery was open in the 1990s. 759 bottles were produced.  More info
$73.83
A 16 year old matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, distilled in 1991 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A 17 year old from the now-closed Imperial distillery matured in a single hogshead and bottled by Signatory at natural cask strength. 265 bottles were produced.  More info
$108.69
Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the Distillery Labels collection, which drapes the wonderful bottles with classically styled labels, this Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky is a right handsome...  More info
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$87.02
A classic bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve from the 1980s. This bottle of Pure Malt Whisky (it was the '80s, that's just what people called it back then, calm down) would make a fantastic...  More info
$120.90
Glenfiddich is the best selling single malt in the world and it is easy to see why when you try this incredibly rare, multi-award winning, forty year old bottling.

Glenfiddich use a process...  More info
$3371.14
A 9 year old Longmorn distilled in Autumn of 2002 and aged in a refill sherry butt before bottling in Spring of 2002 for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing.  More info
$67.99
This is a twenty-four year old Benrinnes bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2012.  More info
Limited edition Glen Moray? Gosh, why not? This little beauty was distilled in 1986 and spent the lion's share of its maturation period in ex-bourbon casks before it was finished in port pipes, giving...  More info
$241.05
This Glenfarclas boasts an incredible fifty plus years of cask ageing and should be considered a real whisky treasure. Glenfarclas is one of a very limited number of family-run distilleries left in...  More info
$1518.47
This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery in Autumn 2005 before a 7 year maturation in a single sherry butt. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Autumn 2012, and it offers up a...  More info
$74.40
Un-chillfiltered single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed distillery Imperial. The two casks used for this release were filled in September 1995 and bottled by Signatory in October 2013...  More info
$70.27
Matured in a single sherry butt for 16 years, this independently bottled Glerothes single malt is chock-a-block with gorgeous sherried notes. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered...  More info
$71.82
A stunning 20 year old single cask from Glendronach. 633 bottles were produced at cask strength from this Pedro Ximénez Sherry cask. The distillery was purchased by BenRiach in 2008.  More info
$164.66
An independent bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery may be demolished, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the malts they produced while they were open! This one was...  More info
$118.70
A fabulously well-aged Speyside whisky from veteran bottlers Signatory. Presented at full cask strength with an outturn of 315 bottles.  More info
$124.60
A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info
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Housed in a handsome decanter, this Douglas Laing Premier Barrel release of single cask Craigellachie is 8 years old. 420 of these classy chaps were made.  More info
$98.94
A golden coloured whisky, this Family Cask was distilled in 1974 and matured in cask number 5786, a sherry butt.  More info
$495.39
A cask strength bottling of Tamdhu bottled by Carn Mor. Distilled in September 1989 and bottled in February 2013, only 150 bottles were produced.  More info
A lovely 30 year old Inchgower with a truly classic Speyside style, this was distilled in 1982 and aged in a single cask (number 6985) before bottling at natural cask strength for Berry Brothers and...  More info
$178.48

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