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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 Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of lovely 12 year old Inchgower whisky, from cask 809759, which makes it sound very robotic. Don't worry, we can confirm that this is actually whisky, not Terminators.  More info
$88.56
This is a delicious 1996 vintage Royal Brackla. It was distilled on the 12th June 1996 before a 16 year maturation in two bourbon barrels. It was then bottled by Signatory in August 2012. This is a...  More info
$61.07
A special release of 13,542 bottles. Cellar Reserve 1992 was originally only available from the Glen Grant distillery itself. This was awarded 94.5 points in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2010, with the...  More info
$107.46
This handsome antique is part of the Clans of the Highlands collection released by Glenfiddich in the 1980s. It comes with a bottle of their single malt Scotch whisky and a collector's tin with a...  More info
$141.13
Produced in the 1980s, this Clans of the Highlands bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky includes a presentation tin featuring Sir Mungo Murray of the Clan Murray. He was the Son of the...  More info
$141.13
A 1980s bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Clans of the Highlands collection. This bottles comes with a collector's tin featuring a portrait of Kenneth...  More info
$141.13
This 18 year old single cask was matured in a first fill Sherry butt, which held 775 bottles worth of delicious whisky when it was disgorged in August 2013. Bottled by Signatory for their...  More info
$71.86
A 19 year old Glen Grant, distilled in November of 1992 and aged in a single cask (cask 142040) before bottling in May 2012. A release of 242 numbered bottles from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$161.85
This was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery in September 1993. It was then aged for 18 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in December of 2011. A release of 320 bottles…  More info
$127.17
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This Speysider was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2011 by Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
$86.12
A single cask Glenrothes from Duncan Taylor, bottled in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation as part of the Dimensions range. 191 bottles were produced.  More info
$188.88
A 1955 vintage single malt distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's "Smith's Glenlivet" range. Dignified and slightly smoky, an incredible dram.  More info
$784.85
This is a delicious 1997 vintage from the Glendullan distillery, bottled by the Elgin-based bottlers Gordon and MacPhail. Great value for money from the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
$54.81
Aged for just 8 years, this single cask Glen Grant offers up a surprising amount of complexity! This was distilled in the Summer of 2003 and aged in a refill barrel before bottling in Summer 2011 for...  More info
$64.31
Finished in Claret Barrels. "A Bordeaux is a Claret Fawlty"…  More info
A very rare 11 year old Glenlivet from a single cask. A fraction of the price that an official release would be, bottled in 2013 by Douglas Laing.  More info
$94.84
This was distilled at the Glen Moray distillery in the Spring of 2000. It was then aged for 11 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in Summer 2011.  More info
$66.05
A natural cask strength bottling of Aberlour distilled in 1992 and aged for 19 years in a single cask (number 3919) before bottling by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012. Wonderful stuff.  More info
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$120.88
This was distilled in March of 1991 at the Cragganmore distillery. It was aged for 19 years in a single refill hogshead and bottled in September 2010. A release of 308 bottles from the Old Malt Cask...  More info
$126.58
This Aultmore was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2011 by independent bottlers Gordon& MacPhail of Elgin, Scotland.  More info
$63.54
A very small bottle from Glenglassaugh, filled with peated new make spirit. Very interesting and well worth a try.  More info
This was distilled at the Macduff distillery on the 3rd March 1995. It was aged for 16 years in hogshead number 7867 before bottling by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 9th January...  More info
$111.73
The follow on from Glenglassaugh's "The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name". This "blushes" thanks to its six month ageing in Californian red wine casks. This is not whisky because it is less...  More info
Crivens this stuff is rare! This was released way back when (2002), and it was selected for bottling by Dailuaine's Distillery Manager. This was given to friends and staff of the distillery, and thus...  More info
$448.59
This was distilled at Inchgower in Summer 1999 and aged for 12 years in a sherry butt before bottling in Spring 2002 for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing.  More info
$75.17

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