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)
Smooth Ambler Distillery
Filliers Distillery
Mature Your Own Kit
Balcones Whisky Distillery
Glenfarclas Whisky Distillery
Bruichladdich Octomore
A 22 year old Linkwood from the indefatigable Duncan Taylor. Sterling stuff. Distilled in October 1990 and bottled in April 2013 with an outturn of 237.  More info
$175.23
An Autumn 2013 Glenfarclas Family Casks release of single malt Scotch whisky. This edition was distilled in 1973 and matured in cask 6056 until it was bottled in 2013 with an outturn of 139 bottles...  More info
$813.23
Cask 101 but not one for Room 101 that's for sure. This one's a keeper - an Oloroso Sherry butt matured 19 year old Glendronach distilled in 1994. 628 glorious bottles were produced at natural cask...  More info
$159.06
A big, brooding, smoky, smouldering dram from BenRiach, this was distilled in 1984 and aged for 27 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. It was bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$205.18
Matured for 23 years, including a finishing period in a teeny tiny 50 litre cask, this Mortlach was distilled in 1989 and bottled in early 2013. Only 63 bottles were produced! Thank you Duncan Taylor.  More info
$207.41
A 19 year old peated whisky from BenRiach. It was distilled in 1994, back when BenRiach still had a malting floor, with hogshead 286 yielding just 215 bottles in June 2013.  More info
$136.75
A single cask release of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky from cask 79239, which happened to be a first fill sherry butt. Distilled in May 1996, and disgorged in May 2013. There was enough for 774...  More info
$83.38
Distilled at The Macallan in 2003, this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled in 2012 under Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt label.  More info
$55.41
A cask strength scorcher from Signatory. This Longmorn was aged for 20 years before bottling in October 2012.  More info
$111.83
This Glen Keith is 22 Years Old and was bottled by Single Malts of Scotland in 2012.  More info
$126.05
This was distilled at the Glencraig distillery on the 11th June 1976. A release of 185 bottles, bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 2nd November 2011 after 35 years in...  More info
$272.45
This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in December 1989 before a 22 year maturation in a refill sherry butt. It was bottled by Signatory in late 2012 and comes at natural cask strength. There...  More info
$123.59
This was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in September 1991. It was then aged for 21 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2013 for Douglas Laing's excellent Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$136.62
We're all a bit single minded when it comes to whisky. We all like what we think is good and sometimes we don't explore new expressions. Lucky for us, Douglas Laing are always bottling excellent...  More info
$58.35
Glenglassaugh closed for a long time, thankfully they have reopened. Interestingly they are releasing whisky that has been sat in oak casks whilst the distillery was closed. This whisky has made its...  More info
$761.96
A sherry butt matured Glenfarclas single cask. This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1955 and released in 2007.  More info
$1377.40
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
$107.64
A vintage Glen Grant, and a classic Speyside, distilled in 1956 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$726.59
Distilled at Macduff in 1990, this 21 year old single cask highland whisky was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series in 2011.  More info
$132.30
A 26 year old single cask Cragganmore from Adelphi. Will be astonishing. Definitely.  More info
$157.68
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
$1092.62
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
$90.51
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
$352.35
A fabulously well-aged Speyside whisky from veteran bottlers Signatory. Presented at full cask strength with an outturn of 315 bottles.  More info
$126.05
A cask strength release from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled at Linkwood in 1991 and aged in refill sherry butts. This has been bottled at a slightly higher abv than the previous 1991 release.  More info
$127.49

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.