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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.

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A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info
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A lovely little gift set, this contains a full-sized bottle of the malty, easy-going Speyside whisky, Cardhu 12 year old, as well as a branded tasting glass.  More info
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Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info
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Cardhu 18 Year Old
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A well-aged Cardhu, this 18 year old Speyside single malt retains its characteristic gentle nature allied with greater complexity and richness.  More info
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The second release of Cardhu as one of Diageo's popular Special Releases, this 21 year old Speyside single malt was matured in bourbon casks. Fewer than 6,000 natural cask...  More info
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The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features whisky taken from "very old oak casks", presented in their classic, handsome bottle. Top Speyside whisky from a long-standing (and outstanding) distillery.  More info
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A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,680 sought after, natural cask strength...  More info
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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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It pays to be particular, or at least it does when Douglas Laing is bottling top-notch whisky for the Old Particular range, like this 15 year old Cragganmore. It was been bottled at 48.4% abv in...  More info
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Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather...  More info
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A 12 year old, 2000 vintage, single cask Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor. This was bottled at natural cask strength for the Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for increased...  More info
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Fancy some Craigellachie? We reckon this Douglas Laing bottling of their single malt might be a good choice if you're in a mood for an interesting Sherried Speysider. It was distilled in November 1995...  More info
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Single malt Craigellachie whisky, distilled in Speyside in 1997 and matured in first fill Sherry Hogsheads. In 2013, it was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
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Housed in a handsome decanter, this Douglas Laing Premier Barrel release of single cask Craigellachie is 8 years old. 420 of these classy chaps were made.  More info
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