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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 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
This was distilled in 1985 and matured in a refill sherry hogshead. Released as a Family Cask in 2007, this single cask Glenfarclas is an elegant, fruity dram.  More info
$376.06
Douglas Laing have bottled this Glentauchers from a single cask for their Old Malt Cask series. Interestingly very few computers are used at Glentauchers with the emphasis being very much on...  More info
$108.84
This was distilled at Longmorn in May 1992 and aged for 20 years in cask 71739 before bottling in June 2012. A release of just 263 numbered single cask bottles from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$142.47
The Glenfarclas Family Cask from 1988 was a sherry butt, the whisky is mellow and vanilla laden.  More info
$335.54
Douglas Laing have bottled this 9 year old Glen Spey for their Provenance range of single malt whiskies.  More info
$63.57
An old, rare edition from Signatory. This was distilled at Linkwood on the 21st May 1990. It was then aged in a sherry butt for 14 years before bottling on the 29th September 2004. A release of 865...  More info
$117.37
A 25 year old Glen Spey, distilled in November of 1986 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in February 2012. This is a release of just 299 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing for their...  More info
$152.40
This is a rich, sherried Longmorn from the Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range. It was distilled in 1992 and aged for 18 years in hogshead number 48461 before bottling in 2011. Very...  More info
A 27 year old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, single malts from the Coleburn distillery are decidedly rare and this refill sherry matured expression is a wonderful...  More info
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$207.64
A rich, biscuity whisky from BenRiach, distilled in 1996 and bottled by renowned wine merchants, BBR.  More info
$62.62
The third edition of whisky distilled in 1987 and bottled for Glenfarclas' Family Cask Release. Matured in a sherry butt, this single cask whisky is proper tasty, rich with a bounty of fruit that...  More info
$323.91
Allt a Bhainne don't produce a distillery bottling so it is up to independent bottling companies such as berry Brothers and Rudd to provide us with this great Speyside whisky.  More info
$97.17
This was distilled at Mortlach on the 5th July 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered collection on the 20th November 2012. A release...  More info
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$56.43
This is the 1990 vintage of Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt range from Macallan.  More info
$102.92
Distilled in 1996 at Glentauchers, this was aged for 15 years before bottling for Duncan Taylor's NC2 range in 2011.  More info
$93.02
A 12 year old Royal Brackla, this is part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series. This particular release was bottled to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. One of just 250 bottles.  More info
$93.39
This Linkwood was distilled on the 16th June 1991 and aged in hogsheads 10359 and 10360. A release of 747 bottles bottled by Signatory.  More info
$129.11
A 16 year old Glenlivet from Signatory. Releases from this distillery are getting rarer, peeps… This one was matured in a single first fill Sherry butt. Yummers.  More info
$78.78
The Longmorn distillery in Speyside distilled this single malt in May 1996 and left it to mature in a single 1st fill sherry butt for 17 years before it was bottled by Signatory with an outturn of 869...  More info
$71.04
Glentauchers is known to be a key ingredient in the Ballantine’s and Teacher’s blends, but this is an interesting single malt that deserves more exposure.  More info
$93.02
A rare Cask Strength Edition of Glen Keith 17 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Chivas Brothers. It was distilled in 1996 and released in 2013, the year that Glen Keith was reopened and...  More info
$107.60
This was distilled at Longmorn in October 1994 and aged for 14 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in December of 2008. A release of 352 bottles.  More info
$99.26
The slightly higher strength 1963 vintage from Strathisla, bottled by the Elgin based Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$409.32
A 12 year old from The Speyside distillery, a classically styled Speysider.  More info
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$48.10

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