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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 was distilled at Glen Keith on the 4th April 1973, it was aged for 38 years in a refill sherry butt, before bottling by Signatory in June 2011.  More info
$431.52
This was distilled at Glen Keith on the 4th April 1973, it was aged for 38 years in a refill sherry butt, before bottling by Signatory in June 2011.  More info
$431.52
This was distilled at Braeval on the 12th November 1998, and it was aged for 12 years in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength on the 7th June 2011. A release of 449...  More info
$106.83
This was distilled at Braeval on the 12th November 1998, and it was aged for 12 years in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength on the 7th June 2011. A release of 449...  More info
$106.83
This Glenlivet is over forty-six years old and has been specially selected to join Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection and was bottled from an American oak hogshead.  More info
$1380.46
This Glenlivet is over forty-six years old and has been specially selected to join Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection and was bottled from an American oak hogshead.  More info
$1380.46
This Glenlivet was aged for an extraordinary 55 years in a refill sherry cask (cask number 120). Distilled in 1943, during the war, and unsurprisingly chosen by the directors at Gordon & MacPhail for...  More info
$4986.13
This Glenlivet was aged for an extraordinary 55 years in a refill sherry cask (cask number 120). Distilled in 1943, during the war, and unsurprisingly chosen by the directors at Gordon & MacPhail for...  More info
$4986.13
The Manager's choice release from Mannochmore. Part of Diageo's much-talked-about project to release a series of single-casks - this malt hit a score of 87 on Serge's Whiskyfun website.  More info
$299.59
The Manager's choice release from Mannochmore. Part of Diageo's much-talked-about project to release a series of single-casks - this malt hit a score of 87 on Serge's Whiskyfun website.  More info
$299.59
A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art...  More info
$2435.03
A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art...  More info
$2435.03
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
$66.42
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
$66.42
Un-chillfiltered Mortlach single malt, drawn from two hogshead which were filled in July 1995 and bottled in February 2014 by Signatory, those wizards of independent bottlings. 752 numbered bottles of...  More info
$72.60
Un-chillfiltered Mortlach single malt, drawn from two hogshead which were filled in July 1995 and bottled in February 2014 by Signatory, those wizards of independent bottlings. 752 numbered bottles of...  More info
$72.60
18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes to...  More info
$145.18
18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes to...  More info
$145.18
This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Speyside region in November 1989 and bottled in March 2014. 24 years old, this is! 169 bottles of this...  More info
$215.03
This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Speyside region in November 1989 and bottled in March 2014. 24 years old, this is! 169 bottles of this...  More info
$215.03
From the incredibly well loved Glen Grant distillery comes a single cask single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. They're adored for a reason, you know, so expect a rather...  More info
$69.61
From the incredibly well loved Glen Grant distillery comes a single cask single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. They're adored for a reason, you know, so expect a rather...  More info
$69.61
The chaps at Adelphi decided that 21 years in an ex-bourbon barrel was long enough for this Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. This single cask release was bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 219...  More info
$148.00
The chaps at Adelphi decided that 21 years in an ex-bourbon barrel was long enough for this Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. This single cask release was bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 219...  More info
$148.00
A classic Speyside distillery, Glen Grant have been producing whisky since 1840! This Mackillop's Choice bottling features whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in June 1989 and...  More info
$259.01
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