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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
The 100 Pipers blended whisky has since become the Black Watch blend, but this bottle comes from the 1970s, when it was still named after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1745 uprising, which was led by one...  More info
$201.35
Aberlour 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this 10 year old from Aberlour remains a perennial favourite, typical of the modern Speyside style and thoroughly approachable. Such is its...  More info
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$40.03
The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.  More info
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$70.67
No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this Aberlour, keeping all the flavour from the cask in the whisky, not the filter. It is a 12 year old expression of Highland single malt Scotch whisky...  More info
$66.36
A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending...  More info
$75.50
Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin...  More info
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$75.22
Aberlour 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This rich, spicy 18 year old from Aberlour was only released for general consumption in 2008, prior to this it had only been produced for the French market.  More info
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$114.88
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
$350.69
An Aberlour, bottle by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. But this isn't just a regular Old Malt Cask bottling, which are already pretty special in themselves. This is part of their 15th...  More info
$226.92
Batch 47 of Aberlour's incredibly popular a'Bunadh series. As always, it's a stunning single malt which has matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts and been bottled at a sturdy 60.7% abv. No...  More info
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$66.36
This is a thirteen year old Allt-A-Bhainne from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Allt-A-Bhainne produce whisky predominately for the blending process so it is unusual to see a single malt...  More info
$106.31
An Old Malt Cask release of Allt-á-Bhainne, the fantastic distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in October 2013, making this single malt Scotch whisky 17 years old! It...  More info
$131.73
Allt-á-Bhainne. Sounds like House of Pain, no? No? Watch out for a new Boutique-y bottling coming soon…  More info
$64.20
With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside's Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's stellar...  More info
$72.67
This is a 21 year old Allt-á-Bhainne from the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in May 1991 before a sherry butt maturation (note the glorious colour!). It was bottled for Douglas Laing in July...  More info
$160.51
"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
$75.42
This was distilled at the Ardmore distillery in February 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in February 2012...  More info
$112.55
Ardmore 25 Year Old
(70cl, 51.40%)
A cask strength 25 year old from Ardmore, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser and also offers plenty of peatiness, which makes this more like a traditional aged Speyside malt.  More info
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$239.94
Ardmore Traditional
(70cl, 46%)
The 2007 release of this 'Traditional Cask' was the first official single malt from the Ardmore distillery, this is a young whisky, but it was aged in quarter casks, which proffers a speedy maturation...  More info
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$46.73
Part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions Range, this is a 10 year old Aultmore. Much of the distillery's output goes to make Dewar's famous blend.  More info
$91.13
This cracking Aultmore matured for 15 years in cask 970003582 (now cover it up and see how many digits you can remember) and bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$86.55
A wonderfully fresh, fragrant, springtime Speyside whisky distilled at Aultmore and bottled by Master of Malt in April 2013 just for you (specifically you). It was matured for 15 years in a single...  More info
$98.91
Just 20 bottles of this excellent Speyside single malt from the Aultmore distillery (and bottled by our fair hands) were made, so get your own fair hands on one quick before someone else's fair hands...  More info
$100.59
Part of the Old Particular range from Douglas Laing, which compiles some stunning single cask whiskies for us to get our mitts on. This edition is a 21 year old Aultmore, which was distilled in...  More info
$151.33
Part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask, a range full of whiskies from well known distilleries that have been picked at their individual tastiest age. For cask 9869, which held whisky from the Speyside...  More info
$139.73
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