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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
Macallan have paired 58 single casks whiskies with 58 photos taken by Elliott Erwitt for their fourth Masters of Photography project. Each whisky was chosen to interpret the spirit of each...  More info
$1679.37
This Dailuiane single malt isn't just limited, it's Strictly Limited! It was distilled in 1999 and bottled by Càrn Mòr 2013 with an outturn of 653 bottles.  More info
$83.72
The Glen Keith distillery is back in action once more after being closed since 1999! As they get back up to speed, why not remember what their whisky tasted like with this 21 year old single malt...  More info
$114.27
Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but...  More info
$1636.31
Bottled at full proof, this whisky from Dufftown is sure to boast plenty of fruit. An outturn of 309 bottles.  More info
$112.20
A gentle 12 year old from the Tomintoul distillery. This was matured in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info
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$53.19
A litre bottle of Cragganmore 12, a classic malt with a complex, honeyed flavour.  More info
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$87.66
The Mannochmore edition from the Flora and Fauna range. The series is a great showcase of mid-aged malts, this offers loads of character.  More info
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$70.18
A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well...  More info
$200.35
A 'partially' triple-distilled Speysider, this single malt from the Benrinnes distillery was bottled at 15 years for the Flora and Fauna series.  More info
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$69.88
This comes from Gordon and MacPhail's famous Connoisseurs Choice range, now at the higher bottling strength of 46%abv. It was distilled at the Balmenach distillery in 2004, and was matured in sherry...  More info
$55.67
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
$160.65
Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info
$947.68
A single cask bottling of the gentle Linkwood as part of the newly launched Managers Choice selection - a range of expressions consisting of a single cask from each of Diageo's 27 malt whisky...  More info
$330.86
At first, we got excited about this whisky because we thought it was named after the street The Simpsons lived on. It's not. They live on Evergreen Terrace. We then got excited because it's a stunning...  More info
$162.97
This is a 13 year old Benrinnes from Signatory. It was distilled on the 18th October 1999 before a maturation in three bourbon barrels. It was then bottled in late 2012.  More info
$58.80
Distilled at BenRiach in February 1990, this single cask whisky spent a 19 year maturation period in a refill hogshead before being bottled in April 2009. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range...  More info
$115.71
This is a nineteen year old Single Malt from the popular Speyside distillery of Longmorn and was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012.  More info
$126.24
The Glen Keith distillery in Speyside filled up two casks with their single malt Scotch whisky in November 1995. 17 years later, in February 2014, Signatory went ahead, cracked open those casks and...  More info
$70.28
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
$112.65
356 bottles of 17 year old Benrinnes whisky emerged from cask 5883 in April 2013 to join the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory, and the world became a better place because of it.  More info
$108.94
26 year old single malt from the picturesque Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It may not be in one of those fancy egg-shaped bottles Glenrothes are known for, but it's still a handsome chap, dressed...  More info
$375.97
This is a bourbon-matured Tormore which was distilled in April 1992. It was aged in two bourbon barrels (5683 and 5688) for 19 years before bottling for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in late...  More info
$106.32
Glen Deveron is distilled at the Macduff distillery in the Eastern Highlands, although independent bottlings are often named Macduff the distillery bottling tend to be labelled Glen Deveron.  More info
$66.42
A thickly sherried Benrinnes. This is a limited edition, distilled in 1985. A release of 6,000 individually numbered bottles.  More info
$268.97

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