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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 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
$343.88
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
$539.86
Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info
$398.66
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
$83.06
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
$99.38
This was distilled at the Glen Keith distillery on the 8th November 1995, before a 17 year maturation in two hogsheads. It was bottled by Signatory in February 2013, and it comes from their...  More info
$70.14
This is a 13 year old Glenburgie from Douglas Laing's superb Premier Barrel Selection, packaged in ceramic decanters. There are just 182 bottles of this, each bottled by hand.  More info
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$106.83
This was distilled in July 1993 at the Glen Keith distillery. It was then aged for 19 years in cask 97119 before bottling in July 2012. A release of just 174 numbered bottles from Duncan Taylor's...  More info
$121.85
This is a sherry cask matured Glenlivet bottled at 11 years of age by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$90.52
Batch one of 12 year old Glen Elgin from the Dimensions range. This was distilled in October 1999 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in December 2011. Loads of flavour!  More info
This is a delicious, though very young, Glenglassaugh from the Chosen Few range, selected and signed by Ronnie Lawrence. It was distilled in September 2009 and was aged for a little over 3 years in a...  More info
$110.02
There are not many bottles of old Glentauchers around so this one from Signatory might not be about long. Released as part of the Cask Strength Collection.  More info
$157.74
This was distilled at the Aultmore distilled in Autumn of 2000. It was aged for 11 years in a refill butt before bottling in Autumn of 2011 for the Provenance range.  More info
$71.31
A 21 year old Tamnavulin, distilled in October of 1989 and aged in refill hogshead 7502 before bottling in July 2011. A release of 206 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$124.57
This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in Summer 2002 before a 10 year maturation in a single cask (a refill sherry butt). It was bottled for the Provenance range in Winter 2012.  More info
$72.23
Distilled in the Lomond stills at Glenburgie distillery in 1975, this is the 2012 bottling of 1975 vintage Glencraig single malt from Gordon & MacPhail, part of their Rare Old series. Glencraig has...  More info
$292.35
This is a rather interesting single malt from the Macduff distillery, distilled in 1985 and aged for 5 years before bottling under the name "Glen Deveron". It was exported for the Spanish market by...  More info
$120.81
This was distilled at Craigellachie in 2000 and it was bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Incredibly malty and biscuity!  More info
$58.64
A 23 year old expression from Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the now silent Convalmore distillery in 1984 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in July of 2008.  More info
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$176.09
A 14 year old single cask Macduff from Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range. Expect big, bold malty flavour from this cask-strength whisky…  More info
$98.09
This was distilled at Glen Grant in October 1993 before an 18 year maturation in a refill hogshead before bottling in January 2012 for the Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask range. A release of 311 bottles.  More info
$124.80
This was distilled at the Glenburgie distillery in Autumn of 1999. It was then aged for 11 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in Summer 2011 for the Provenance range.  More info
$65.69
Distilled in 1981 at Glen Spey, this was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd, and it offers oodles of honeyed, spicy flavour with ripe fruit and hints of smoke.  More info
$166.03
This Aultmore was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' in 2011 and at natural cask strength.  More info
$109.93
This is a 1964 Longmorn from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
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$415.28

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