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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
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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
$403.07
A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info
$63.80
Distilled in 1967, this is a truly sublime, incredibly rare single cask whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was aged for 41 years before bottling at natural cask strength. It comes in a...  More info
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$2798.94
A Benrinnes from independent bottler Montgomerie's. Distilled on 5th October 1988, aged in cask 2835, and bottled in March 2013. After over 24 years of maturation, expect great concentration from this...  More info
$189.49
As part of Hunter Laing's Old & Rare collection, this Benrinnes 27 Year Old is certainly both of those adjectives. It was distilled in August 1985 in a refill butt and left to mature for 27 years...  More info
$329.21
Distilled in 1979, this is a rich, cask-strength Speyside whisky from Berry's Own Selection - a prestigious range from top wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd. It's a single cask Balmenach which...  More info
$236.08
22 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask range. 205 bottles of whisky matured in bourbon barrels were released.  More info
$153.32
Glenlossie whisky has a reputation for being very good to work with when creating blended whisky, but it isn't bottled as a single malt all that much, which is a shame as it's very tasty indeed...  More info
$69.56
A classic label for a classy whisky. This 12 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky has been given a snazzy make-over by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Distillery Labels series of...  More info
$70.13
This edition to the Signatory Cask Strength Collection is a 35 year old Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled at the Miltonduff distillery using their Lomond stills in February 1979. It...  More info
$356.40
This 15 year old BenRiach was finished in Madeira barrels from Henriques and Henriques after an initial maturation in ex-bourbon American oak casks.  More info
$64.00
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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$240.16
A 20 year old whisky distilled at the Braeval distillery in May of 1990 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in July 2010 at the "preferred" drinking strength of 50%. A lovely whisky from the...  More info
$139.87
Part of WM Cadenhead's Small Batch series of independent bottlings, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1989 and matured in sherry wood until 2013, when it was bottled with an...  More info
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$142.86
This is the ninth release of Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask - an extraordinary whisky which was aged in a single sherry butt (number 19289) before bottling in 2012.  More info
$362.46
Bottled by Signatory in April 2013 after a 27 year maturation in a single hogshead, this Linkwood whisky has earned the right to become part of the excellent Cask Strength Collection from Signatory...  More info
$194.73
This Glenglassaugh was distilled almost half a century ago, just after the distillery was reopened in the early sixties. Glenglassaugh has been closed and re-opened three times in its history so the...  More info
$1105.68
An Old & Rare Platinum bottling from Hunter Laing of 25 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in September 1988, matured in a sherry buttfor 25 years and bottled at natural cask...  More info
$362.19
Origins is a fascinating range from the Gordon & MacPhail-owned distillery, exploring how changing different aspects in the production process will influence the final spirit. Made exclusively with...  More info
$75.37
A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul, in a half bottle size.  More info
$23.95
Crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming, this is a great 16 year old from Tomintoul. This is a half bottle - perfect for when a full bottle isn't required!  More info
$30.68
Distilled in June 1997 and bottled in November 2013, this Signatory-bottled Macduff single malt is a delicious expression of 16 year old whisky. It came from two consecutive casks (4077 & 4078) and...  More info
$65.82
An impressively aged Benromach distilled in 1976 before a maturation period spent in the finest Sherry casks. Fruit-rich with mocha notes this is splendid stuff, bottled in 2012.  More info
$760.68
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
$186.77
A rare bottling from the now discontinued, and beautifully packaged, Flora and Fauna range. This 12 year old was distilled at the Speyside based Strathmill distillery.  More info
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$62.76

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