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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
Part of the Hepburn's Choice range from Langside Distillers, which highlights the wonderful unique characteristics of Scotland's whisky regions and distilleries using single cask expressions bottled...  More info
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$77.20
The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1970 Family Cask. A very tasty and surprisingly fresh whisky for its advanced age.  More info
$757.74
The Mackillop's Choice range is made of independent bottlings of casks that are deemed to be worthy of the brand's name, just like this Glenlivet, which was distilled in October 1989 and subsequently...  More info
$275.40
An independent release of 18 year old Mortlach single malt, bottled by Carn Mor for their Strictly Limited series. Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2013 with an outturn of 693 bottles, and once...  More info
$98.28
Bottled by Carn Mor as part of their Celebration of the Cask series, this Braes of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single bourbon barrel after it was distilled in 1994. 218...  More info
$156.45
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
$82.92
A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info
$67.53
Speyside isn't just a famous whisky region in Scotland, it's also the name of the distillery where this 17 year old single cask whisky was distilled back November 1996. That month, Robson & Jerome and...  More info
$107.03
From two bourbon barrels (168899 & 168900), this Signatory bottling of Braeval single malt Scotch whisky matured for 15 years before it was bottled in November 2013 with an outturn of 645 bottles.  More info
$58.54
This was distilled at Glen Grant in 1951 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail after a maturation in refill sherry hogsheads.  More info
$1107.52
Single cask, cask strength 24 year old Glen Moray whisky? Sounds like something Duncan Taylor would release for their Dimensions range, doesn't it?

This single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside's...  More info
$203.54
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
$113.97
A 35 year old BenRiach taken from a single cask with only 253 bottles produced at natural cask strength. The final part of the maturation period was spent in a Moscatel wine hogshead.  More info
$555.13
This independent bottling of Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky was drawn from casks 2663 and 2664 after their nice, long slumber of 17 years. A limited release from Signatory of 831 bottles.  More info
$70.54
A 15 year old from BenRiach that was first aged in bourbon casks before being finished in casks from the Douro region of Portugal, previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info
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$65.42
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. It was distilled in 1997, matured in a mix of sherry butts and American oak casks and bottled in...  More info
$58.22
Hunter Laing will continue the Old Malt Cask range and this 18 year old Mortlach is mighty fine example. 279 bottles were produced from the refill hogshead.  More info
$137.96
This thirty-nine year old Glenglassaugh has been finished in Muscat sweet wine barrels to lend it a rich chocolate and berry notes.  More info
$627.87
Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info
$78.98
A release of 416 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range, this was distilled at Glenlossie in September 1993, aged for 18 years in a refill butt and bottled in January of 2012.  More info
$127.82
A. D. Rattray in Kirkoswald, which is just south of Ayr, bottled this 17 year old Glentauchers single malt without chill-filtering or colouring and at cask strength. It matured for those 17 long years...  More info
$110.71
A Beinn a'Cheò bottling of 16 year old Dailuiane single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask (#4237, in case you were wondering) and bottled at cask strength. 302 bottles were produced by the...  More info
$115.12
Bottled for the Duthies range by WM Cadenhead, this 18 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky has bottled without chill-filtering or having anything added to it. It's nothing but 354 bottles of...  More info
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$78.44
A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info
$26.60
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The Singleton of Dufftown's first appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases, this mighty-fine herbaceous 28 year old is a welcome addition. Ordinarily, the contents of...  More info
$403.74

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