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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 a top Cragganmore for a very reasonable price. Surprisingly complex for a fairly young whisky.  More info
$87.25
This was distilled at the Ardmore distillery in Autumn 2003. It was then aged for 9 years in a single cask (a refill barrel) before bottling for the Provenance range in Winter 2013.  More info
$71.16
A cracking cask-strength offering from closed Speyside distillery Caperdonich.  More info
$104.93
The sixth release of 1964 Family Cask from Glenfarclas. This release sees the whisky matured in sherry hogshead 6778 before bottling in 2010, and if you're into your rich, puckering, malty Speyside...  More info
$298.88
This was distilled at the Glenburgie distillery in Spring 1999. It was aged for 12 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Provenance range in Winter 2012.  More info
$69.55
From Berry's Own Selection, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1989, and bottled at natural cask strength in 2010.  More info
$135.25
Glenfiddich Centenary
(75cl, 43%)
This was specially bottled to celebrate 100 years of Glenfiddich. It was bottled on Christmas Day 1986, presented in a handsome case. A limited edition bottle from a release of 12,000. Very rare.  More info
Distilled at Balmenach (a distillery known for its spicy, malty whiskies) in 1979, BBR bottled this as part of their Berry's Own Selection - a very prestigious range.  More info
$257.37
A splendid Imperial 16 year old, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This is non-chillfiltered and cask stregth, a nicely structured sweetish dram.  More info
This Glenrothes has been bottled from a single cask by Douglas Laing for their Director's Cut series. Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky from the town of Rothes.  More info
$184.47
This was distilled at Cragganmore in March 1997. It was then aged for 13 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in August 2010. A release of just 349 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$96.60
A release of 727 numbered bottles of hogshead-matured Glenlossie, this was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2011 by Signatory.  More info
$68.04
A 15 year old Macallan from independent bottler Douglas Laing. Matured in a single cask, it was distilled in October 1997 before bottling, at 50% abv, in February 2013 without artificial colouring or...  More info
$123.22
One of 268 bottles from a brandy-finished butt, distilled at Glen Grant in April in 1975 and matured for 36 years before bottling in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$238.91
This was distilled at the Speyside distillery in May of 1992 and aged for 20 years in a single sherry butt before bottling in May 2012 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of just 294 bottles from...  More info
$133.34
Tamdhu has been mothballed for some time, rumor has it that the distillery will reopen sometime in 2012.  More info
$395.34
This is a 21 year old single cask Mortlach, distilled in September 1990 and aged in a refill puncheon cask before bottling in September 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A release of 271...  More info
$139.06
A Berry Bros. & Rudd independent bottling of Glen Keith distilled in 1993, before the distillery was mothballed in 1999. Lucky, this story has a happy ending as production started up again at Glen...  More info
$121.86
Release number nine of Glenfarclas 1986 from the Family Cask collection comes in the shape of 574 bottles of lip-smackingly good single malt Scotch whisky that has been matured in a sherry butt and...  More info
$400.33
This is a rare Glenlivet bottled at cask-strength without chill-filtration. This whisky was matured in a second fill hogshead cask which only yielded 307 bottles of this excellent Speyside whisky.  More info
$335.49
Family Cask 1983 was a refill hogshead, the whisky is a nutty, fresh dram from Glenfarclas.  More info
$452.10
Glenfarclas Family Cask 1991 was a single sherry butt and the whisky has nutty, chocolaty flavours. This was aged in cask number 5623, and it was bottled on the 1st March 2007 as part of a release of...  More info
$318.16
A 14 year old single cask Mannochmore, distilled in 1999 before bottling in spring 2013 by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range. Interestingly, there is a dark grains plant next to...  More info
$83.41
A limited release of 4,500 bottles of 25 year old Knockando from Diageo's Special Releases. This 2011 edition is the first time Knockando has ever been featured in the series, and it comes jam-packed...  More info
$224.75
A 26 year old Linkwood distilled on the 22nd October 1985 and aged in hogshead 3890 before bottling by Signatory on the 10th January 2012. A release of 205 numbered bottles.  More info
$164.87

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