Delivery Login
Blog Contact Trade +44 (0)1892 888 376
My Basket
Total$0.00
You can change the currency displayed here.
click to close

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

Share This!

Browse whiskies

Other Whisky Regions

Islay Whisky
(891)
Spirit of Hven Distillery
Vintage Cocktails
Bruichladdich Octomore
Origin Gin
Filliers Distillery
Tasting Sets
A Càrn Mòr bottling of Glenallachie single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 18 years in 2 hoggies from 1995 to 2014 and bottled with an outturn of 587 bottles. It's not often you see Glenallachie as a...  More info
$98.04
A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$40.84
A sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$118.37
The BenRiach distillery release quite a variety of whisky, what with making peated and both unpeated whisky in a range of interesting cask finishes. In fact, this release from their 11th batch of...  More info
$118.72
Balmenach don't bottle their own single malt, and the majority makes its way into blends such as Hankey Bannister, of which it's a key component. It's always nice then when an independent bottling...  More info
$339.52
A triple distilled (!) whisky from BenRiach. This high strength 12 year old is aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks. This is one of just a handful of its kind, and the first BenRiach to be...  More info
$71.26
A deluxe bottling of single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Caperdonich, which was sadly mothballed in 2002. Bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Single range, this 21 year old whisky comes in a...  More info
$436.21
Mortlach 18 Year Old
(50cl, 43.40%)
Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of...  More info
$279.84
A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info
$26.17
This is an independently bottled Tamnavulin single malt, matured in a single hogshead from December 1991 to September 2013. It was bottled with an outturn of 328 bottles. One of the Single Malts of...  More info
$116.69
A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info
$62.21
One of the gorgeously Sherried single malts independently bottled by Duncan taylor for their Octave range. This edition features a 26 year old Glen Moray, distilled in 1987 and bottled in 2014...  More info
$274.56
Speyside single malt from the Speyside distillery, bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Strictly Limited collection. 582 bottles were produced, drawn from two casks which lovingly matured the whisky for 16...  More info
$78.84
23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the...  More info
$270.11
This 10 year old from Macallan was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.0/5)
$83.78
Duncan Taylor bottled this 21 year old Glentauchers for their Dimensions range, which has more dimensions than a 3D video game character falling through multiple parallel universes while wearing 3D...  More info
$190.79
Leinburn 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A 12 year old single malt from Speyside. Leinburn is named from the little burn that ran into the River Spey.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$51.19
Hurrah for Miltonduff whisky! Lovely stuff! This bottling of their single malt comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range, and was matured in a single cask from June 1990 to March 2014 (23 years!)...  More info
$178.36
Glenglassaugh Torfa
(70cl, 50%)
We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in...  More info
$63.26
Matured for 26 years, this Berry Bros. & Rudd release of Linkwood is a rather handsome devil. Handsome and delicious!  More info
$231.93
18 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, finish in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry puncheon. In the year 1996, this whisky was distilled and placed into oak to mature. After a finishing period, it was...  More info
$138.94
Bottled at full proof, this whisky from Dufftown is sure to boast plenty of fruit. An outturn of 309 bottles.  More info
$116.54
Matured in Chenin Blanc wine barrels, a 16 year old whisky from the Glen Moray distillery,.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$59.10
SPEY Royal Choice
(70cl, 46%)
In 1815, when Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall, he gave a cask of 'SPEY' whisky to King George III as a gift. The royal connection to SPEY whisky has continued in other ways...  More info
$239.93
This Glen Keith is 22 Years Old and was bottled by Single Malts of Scotland in 2012.  More info
$118.69
Pages 12345678910 »

Recently viewed

We use cookies to help provide you with the best possible online shopping experience. By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.
Visit our privacy policy page for more information.

The prices currently being shown in USD are approximate, and should be used for illustrative purposes only. All prices are in GBP and all orders are charged in GBP. The order total – the amount you will actually be charged – will be displayed in GBP before you place your order. Click here to change your currency.
We Accept
Delivery Partners
Master of Malt supports responsible drinking - Sip, don't Gulp.
ATOM Supplies Ltd trading as Master of Malt. Registered office: North House, 198 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BE. Registered in England & Wales. Company number 3193057, VAT number GB 662241553.