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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
Tomintoul 33 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A winner at Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards, Tomintoul 33 replaces the previous flagship malt (the 27 year old). Great value for money too.  More info
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$224.45
That Boutique-y Whisky Company's first batch of single malt Scotch whisky from Macduff, featuring a comic-book style label with a scene from the Scottish play that must not be named, just like...  More info
$67.09
The entry level bottling from the illustrious Glenlivet distillery at Speyside's heart, aged for 12 years. The archetypal Speyside dram, honey and orchard fruit driven.  More info
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$48.01
The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info
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$69.26
A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info
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$54.75
Glenglassaugh Revival
(70cl, 46%)
This is the first chance to try whisky produced by the recently re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery.
It was closed in 1986 but resumed production in 2008. This revival bottling is the first whisky to...  More info
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$58.51
This classic Speyside from Glenfiddich was the Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks.  More info
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$45.46
Launched in 2011, this is a 15 year old Glendronach finished in tawny port casks. The result of this is additional rich, fruity flavours, particularly red berries, and add 46% the whisky retains tons...  More info
$76.40
"Pack it up, pack it in,
Let me begin,
I came to win
Battle me that's a sin,
I won't tear the sack up,
Punk you'd better back up,
Try and play the role and the whole crew will act up!"

The...  More info
$75.49
Glenrothes 1998
(70cl, 43%)
The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info
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$73.51
88 bottles of Aberlour single malt whisky which was distilled in 1988? 88 from '88?! There's obviously a big conspiracy here! Either that, or Douglas Laing just thought that this whisky tasted perfect...  More info
$351.01
A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info
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$52.58
Just 1,650 bottles were produced of this BenRiach 16 year old, finished in First Growth Bordeaux previously used to mature Sauternes from Chateau D'Yquem  More info
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$67.26
The first batch of Dailuaine from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Until recently, some of the condensers at Dailuaine were made of stainless steel rather than copper, which gave a sulphurous note to...  More info
$78.85
The silk-lined presentation box contains a miniature of the rare and expensive 21 year-old and the 25 year-old Glenfarclas.  More info
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$92.35
A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak...  More info
$63.73
A Flora and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery, a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great digestive.  More info
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$74.38
Feast your eyes on this single cask release of 24 year old Macallan single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by us here at Master of Malt! The whisky spent all those years in a single sherry...  More info
$621.29
A 10 year old from Glenburgie, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and first fill sherry butts.  More info
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$41.48
Glendronach finished in premier cru Sauternes casks, released in 2010.  More info
$66.50
A 15 year old from BenRiach. This Speysider was initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in casks from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain...  More info
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$65.31
Glenburgie, of course, is one of the key components of Ballantine's blended whiskies. You probably knew that. What you may not know is that it is also the resting place of real life actual giant's...  More info
$73.81
Glenfarclas 105 35cl
(35cl, 60%)
A half bottle of the astounding cask strength release from Glenfarclas. This was created in honour of George S Grant who would bottle a cask and leave it at cask strength to give to family and friends...  More info
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$41.48
The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare.  More info
$85.31
Tomintoul 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul.  More info
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$43.08
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