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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
This is nineteen year old Glen Grant has been bottled at cask-strength by Signatory.  More info
$108.12
Mortlach aged for 13 years - 3 fewer than the standard Diageo 16 year old. Expect a huge meatiness and punch from this whisky , taken from two casks.  More info
$54.73
Distilled at Tamdhu in 1962, aged in first and refill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2006.  More info
$442.88
Single cask, cask-strength whisky finished in a small Octave cask and bottled by stalwart whiskym'n Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Mortlach in 2002 and aged for 9 years before bottling.  More info
$111.98
This Beinn a'Cheo release from the Scottish Liqueur Centre was distilled on 19th May 1989 at the Braes of Glenlivet distillery, also known as Braeval. Bottled in 2013, having spent over 23 years in...  More info
Glendronach finished in Moscatel wine casks.  More info
This is a delicious 1997 vintage from the Brackla distillery, aged in refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This is a light, aperitif-style malt.  More info
$66.60
David Stewart has done it again with this aged masterpiece, now in it's fifth incarnation. This forty year old whisky comes from a vatting of three sherry butts and three American oak casks and makes...  More info
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$4152.75
This Balmenach packs a whopping twenty-seven years of aging in a refill hogshead cask. Balmenach is a distillery that rarely gets the attention it deserves, thankfully Douglas Laing have given it some...  More info
$141.19
Distilled at the Mortlach distillery in September 1997, this little gem was aged for 13 years in a single cask (a refill butt) before bottling for Douglas Laing’s stellar Old Malt Cask range in...  More info
$97.65
This is a twenty-one year old sherry cask bottling of Tamdhu selected for Douglas Laing's Old & Rare range. Tamdhu is one of the principal ingredients in the Famous Grouse blend. Tamdhu has been...  More info
$295.68
A great 30 year old from Glenfiddich, a winner of a Silver medal at the 2005 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Lovely classic Speyside style.  More info
A great whisky from Glenfarclas's Family Cask range. This 1993 vintage has a lot of typical distillery characteristics, picked up from maturation in a sherry cask, and definitely benefits from the...  More info
$332.02
Vanilla Oak is a very, very apt name for this delicious whisky, distilled at Mortlach in 1996 and aged in bourbon (presumably!) before bottling by Wemyss Malts.  More info
$108.73
A bottling from the Speyside Distillery Glen Elgin. Located, erm, quite near Elgin? Distilled in June 1991 and bottled in November 2011 following a 21 year maturation in a single sherry cask.  More info
$129.48
The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this Glen Grant vintage as "rich and soothing - one to savour." It was distilled in 1961 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
$561.45
Distilled in May 1985, this was distilled for 24 years in a refill hogshead before bottling at natural cask strength in 2009 for the Old Malt Cask range. A rare old Glen Elgin - there are just 250...  More info
$141.95
Cask-strength Mortlach, distilled in May 1993. This was aged for 18 years in cask 4463 before bottling at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor. A release of 519 numbered bottles.  More info
$152.40
Aultmore is Gaelic for 'Big Burn' and is a popular blending whisky, however it also makes for a great single malt and 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company' snapped up some for this delicious...  More info
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Delicious single cask Linkwood from Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in 1989 and finished in a smaller Octave cask before bottling at natural cask strength.  More info
$214.00
It is not often that you find a 1940s vintage single malt Scotch whisky these days, with this one coming from Strathisla distillery, the oldest highland distillery in Scotland. This 75cl bottle from...  More info
$1468.15
This Glenrothes was bottled from an ex-Bourbon cask at ten years of age in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Provenance series.  More info
$112.84
This thirty-eight year old Glenlivet was bottled in 2012 without chill filtration by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info
$262.81
A 27 year old Dailuaine distilled in February of 1983. It was aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in February 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 274 bottles.  More info
$166.11
A 9 year old Glenallachie, distilled in Autumn 2000 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in Summer of 2010 for the Provenance range.  More info
$65.29

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