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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 12 year old from Braeval (also known as Braes of Glenlivet) was distilled in 1999 before maturation in a single sherry butt as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info
$78.68
A 1984 single cask Cardhu, bottled at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their wonderful Octave cask range of whiskies finished in smaller "Octave" casks. This gives the maturing spirit...  More info
$259.05
Craigduff is an experimental peated whisky produced at the Glen Keith distillery. This was distilled on the 4th April 1973 before a 38 year maturation period in a single refill sherry butt (number...  More info
$257.69
A splendid Royal Brackla from Duncan Taylor. A very fresh tasting, crisply flavoured whisky.  More info
$83.13
A handsome 9 year old Balmenach distilled in the Winter of 2002 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in the Spring of 2012. This comes from Douglas Laing's stellar Provenance range...  More info
$63.36
Glenburgie is an important component in the Ballantine's blend but makes for a fine single malt in its own right. In 2003 the original distillery was knocked down to make way for a modern purpose...  More info
$392.98
A rare Imperial from Signatory, a single cask whisky presented at natural cask strength. Closed Distillery Magic.  More info
$102.22
This was distilled at Glenrothes in May of 1987 and aged for 25 years in a single cask (cask 5839) before bottling in May of 2012. A release of 237 bottles at natural cask strength, bottled for Duncan...  More info
This is a fifteen year old Mortlach from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth...  More info
$110.52
A release of 723 bottles from two consecutive hogsheads, this Signatory bottling was distilled at Mortlach in July 1995.  More info
$68.10
A combination of two casks - 1828 and 1829 from Strathmill distillery. Bottled by Signatory in October 2012 following a 17 year maturation period.  More info
$84.99
A trio of 20cl bottles from Glenglassaugh's stunnng Rare Cask Series. All of which are at cask strength, and they are truly mindblowing whiskies, aged for 26 years, 37 years and 43 years respectively.  More info
$473.84
A 12 year old from the Braeval distillery, distilled in Autumn 1999 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling by Douglas Laing's Provenance in Winter 2012.  More info
$76.70
A Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range. Like the others this old whisky was bottled at cask strength and is non-chill filtered to preserve every last bit of flavour. It shows marked...  More info
$140.06
This was distilled at the Benrinnes distillery in the Summer of 1999. It was aged for 12 years in a single sherry butt before bottling for the Provenance range in Summer 2012.  More info
$70.30
Aberlour was once known as Aberlour-Glenlivet - back when Speyside distilleries tried to cash in on the cachet of the Glenlivet Distillery following legal action which prevented them calling...  More info
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Independent bottlers, Adelphi, have bottled this rather fantastic Benriach.  More info
$290.05
The entry level bottling from the Glen Grant distillery, aged for 10 years with some lovely, juicy fruit notes.  More info
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$62.83
An old bottling of Glenfarclas' tremendous 30 Year Old complete with the old packaging. Classic, sherried awesomeness from this independent Speyside distillery.  More info
$420.18
An old bottling of 2 year old Glenfarclas, featuring the old packaging. A tremendous expression from this independent Speyside distillery, full of sherried character and sheer class.  More info
$420.18
A single cask filled on New Year's Eve 1999 by George, John and George Grant, three generations of the family at the helm of this fantastic independent distillery. Originally only available from the...  More info
$344.19
A complex 1960 vintage from the Strathisla distillery, this was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail having been matured in a first fill sherry butt. This is described by the producers as a "Full-bodied...  More info
$540.34
Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info
$399.02
This was distilled in 1997 at Benrinnes and aged for 14 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their NC2 range in 2011.  More info
$83.13
Feeling fancy? 380 of these flashy ceramic decanters full of delicious 10 year old single cask Mortlach are available as part of Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel series.  More info
$99.47

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