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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
A thickly sherried Benrinnes. This is a limited edition, distilled in 1985. A release of 6,000 individually numbered bottles.  More info
$268.73
Part of the Distillery Labels series from Gordon and MacPhail, which gives their independently bottled whiskies traditional (and often very cool) labels. Speaking of very cool, this Strathisla single...  More info
$75.71
This thirty-nine year old Glenglassaugh has been finished in ex-sherry casks to give it a richer and deeper flavour.  More info
$730.88
Nadurra means natural in Gaelic, and that's just what the Nadurra range of The Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky is all about. It's bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, letting you...  More info
$77.82
Twenty-nine years old and bottled in 2010 from a hogshead. This is a drinker's whisky, the distinct differences between nose, palate and finish create an fascinating tasting experience.  More info
$415.28
Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement, and it comes at a punchy...  More info
$77.65
Glenrothes 1995
(70cl, 43%)
This 1995 vintage from Glenrothes was the first of their whiskies to be aged with a specific character in mind. This was made with 70% refill casks and 30% sherry-treated casks (American and Spanish...  More info
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$82.60
An unusual Linkwood from Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection. This was distilled in 1991 and it was aged for twenty years. Its maturation began in bourbon casks, and it was finished in Cote Rotie...  More info
$124.50
1984 is a good book, a great song by David Bowie and is also the year that Linkwood distilled this excellent single malt Scotch whisky. It was bottled at cask strength as part of the Mackillop's...  More info
$250.19
This refill bourbon barrel-matured Glenallachie is a delicious Speyside malt from Gordon and MacPhail's popular Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 1999 and the bottlers describe it as...  More info
$55.64
Named Freshly Cut Grass, and surprisingly reminiscent of the quintessential Summer scent, this was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in 1990 before it was aged for 20 years in a single refill...  More info
$116.19
A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$41.63
A stunning 1958 vintage Glenfarclas, matured in cask number 2062 for over half a century! Just 167 bottles were produced at a natural cask strength of 43.7% abv.  More info
$1733.84
An amazing Cragganmore single cask Speyside, part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Matured for 16 years in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in August 2013 with just 204 bottles produced.  More info
$114.16
Ardmore Traditional
(70cl, 46%)
The 2007 release of this 'Traditional Cask' was the first official single malt from the Ardmore distillery, this is a young whisky, but it was aged in quarter casks, which proffers a speedy maturation...  More info
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$46.73
The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.  More info
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$41.36
BenRiach 20 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A Silver Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge a year prior, a superb 20 year old single malt from...  More info
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$89.92
BenRiach 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a 2006 Silver Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$61.13
Glen Moray is one of only a few distilleries who still malt their own barley on site and it remains a classic Speysider despite much of its product being used for blending purposes.  More info
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$49.75
This is a Carn Mor bottling of Linkwood, distilled in 1988 and aged in a single hogshead for 24 years before bottling in August 2012. It's a release of 243 numbered bottles, at natural cask strength.  More info
$196.23
Allt-á-Bhainne. Sounds like House of Pain, no? No? Watch out for a new Boutique-y bottling coming soon…  More info
$64.20
Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info
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$44.83
The first ever port-finished Tomintoul, this was aged for 12 years and the result is creamy, fruity and eminently quaffable.  More info
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$66.78
A tasty wine-finished Tamdhu, distilled in 1991 and aged in a single cask (number 35096) for 21 years before bottling in late 2012. There are just 211 bottles of this, from the Carn Mor range.  More info
$170.86
An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, selected by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range. The whisky matured in a sherry cask for 28 years before bottling.  More info
$325.49

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