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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 sherry butt matured Glenfarclas single cask. This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1955 and released in 2007.  More info
$1363.99
Housed in a rather fancy ceramic decanter, this 12 year old Braeval was matured for 12 years in a sherry cask. Part of Douglas Laing's nostalgically fabulous Premier Barrel range.  More info
$106.59
A vintage Glen Grant, and a classic Speyside, distilled in 1956 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
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$719.52
A 26 year old single cask Cragganmore from Adelphi. Will be astonishing. Definitely.  More info
$156.15
This was distilled at Glen Moray in May of 1994. It was filled into cask number 1877 where it lay for 17 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in August of 2011 at natural cask strength. A release of...  More info
$134.56
Distilled in 1965, this Macallan was matured in a first fill sherry butt and bottled under Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt label. Extraordinary stuff.  More info
$1081.98
This is a 16 year old Mortlach from Carn Mor's strictly limited range. It was distilled in 1996 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling in 2012.  More info
$89.63
This single cask Glendronach spent a 20 year maturation in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon (cask 3183), before being bottled in 2012.  More info
In Autumn of 2007, Glenfarclas released the Family Casks. This is the 1986 vintage from the range, matured in a refill sherry puncheon (cask 3434). This was bottled on the 1st March 2007, and it's...  More info
$348.92
This was distilled at the Strathmill in October 1992 before a 17 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled for the Old Malt Cask range from Douglas Laing in January 2010. This is a...  More info
$103.90
Distilled by Miltonduff in their Lomond stills, Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky doesn't get seen that much other than in independent bottlings, like this Signatory release of 34 year old Mosstowie...  More info
$291.45
From the Signatory Cask Strength Collection comes this fourteen year old Glenlivet, bottled from its sherry cask just six days before it turned fifteen.  More info
$120.75
New make Glenglassaugh, this is bottled pretty much straight from the still. Very interesting to try Glenglassaugh pre-ageing - a real insight into the whisky.  More info
Single cask Dailuaine aged for 15 years. Yummy and slightly less than the Diageo Standard bottling...  More info
$91.13
This was distilled at Glen Moray in October of 1994. It was then aged for 17 years before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range in November 2011. This is Batch 0001.  More info
$134.90
This is a eleven year old Glenallachie bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. The distillery was built to produce whisky for the Mackinlay blends however independent bottlers also bottle...  More info
$72.42
This Longmorn was distilled the same year as the Berlin Wall came down. This whisky displays tasty anise notes and is bottled by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
This is from a new range from Glenglassaugh, showcasing their favoured styles of whisky from older casks. This cask was selected by Ronnie Routledge. The whisky itself is a 35 year old malt aged in a...  More info
A single cask, cask strength 1992 vintage from Glenfarclas' stellar Family Cask range. This was aged in sherry butt number 861 and was bottled in 2011. George S Grant, the distillery owner, mentions a...  More info
$378.68
Glen Keith is a relatively new distillery having been built in 1957 and was the first distillery to gas fire their stills. This Glen Keith is part of the John Milroy Selection - John Milroy started...  More info
$129.52
This golden coloured Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling is the ninth offering from 1995.  More info
$262.21
This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range in January 2013.  More info
$157.17
Distilled in 1985 and bottled by Adelphi in 2014, this is a simply gorgeous bottling of 28 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky. We do love a good Longmorn around these parts, we do.  More info
$184.96
Cragganmore whiskies are rare in independent bottling circles. Buy this'n now.  More info
$140.15
A marvellous 1986 vintage Linkwood single cask, aged for 25 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor, after a finish in a small Octave-sized cask for increased maturation.  More info
$230.79

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