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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 is a 17 year old "Strictly Limited" Glen Moray from Carn Mor. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in hogsheads before bottling in 2012. There are just 610 bottles from a pair of casks.  More info
$89.40
Being one of Scotland's oldest independent bottlers, WM Cadenhead seem to like doing things the traditional way, which might explain why they have used Miltonduff's traditional name on this bottle of...  More info
$83.41
A 21 year old spicy, Sherried, toffeed Mortlach? Yes please! Bless those Douglas Laingers (Laingists? Laingites??). Matured in a single Sherry butt, 255 bottles were produced in 2013. Just look at the...  More info
$275.52
A beautiful, sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas launched this to mark their 175th Anniversary. It was made by blending together four lovely sherry casks with a combined age of 175 years! There are...  More info
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$576.30
The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
$794.01
A lovely little gift set, this contains a full-sized bottle of the malty, easy-going Speyside whisky, Cardhu 12 year old, as well as a branded tasting glass.  More info
$70.67
This Glenglassaugh is finished in an Aleatico wine cask. Aleatico is an ancient Italian red grape variety, brought to the Crimea in 1830. Aleatico accumulates sugar well making it ideal for turning...  More info
$705.97
A 23 year old single cask Glenlivet distilled on 12th June 1989 and bottled in March 2013 by Montgomerie's. No chill filtration or artificial colouring is used.  More info
$268.88
A 22 year old Strathmill bottled in June 2012 from two casks by Signatory and presented at natural cask strength.  More info
$135.51
A 10 year old from the MacDuff distillery, bottled as Glen Deveron.  More info
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$49.75
Another corker from Wemyss. Distilled in 1988 and aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. Ginger spice abounds. Can't help but think they've got the flavour descriptor bob on here. 660 bottles were...  More info
$192.13
Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in 1950 and matured in refill sherry casks. It's a warming, smooth whisky with nutty, sherried flavours.  More info
$1729.81
A 23 year old single malt from the dearly departed distillery, Imperial. Distilled in October 1990, the whisky matured in a single sherry butt for 23 years before Hunter Laing came along and bottled...  More info
$386.01
A heavily peated malt for a Speyside distillery, bottled at higher proof, Old Ballantruan is an unusually peated single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info
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$56.58
A 14 year old Cragganmore bottled without any pesky chill filtration from 2 hogsheads - 1170 and 1171.  More info
$63.05
From two casks Signatory produced 371 bottles of 28 year old cask strength Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky was distilled in May 1985 and bottled in October 2013, each with their own...  More info
$311.48
Cardhu 15 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Aged for 15 years, this is a delightful expression from Speysider Cardhu. Allow this one to come to you, and you'll discover layers of fruity, toffeed magic.  More info
$76.24
A wonderful set of Tomintoul 16 Year Old Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky that comes with a limited edition Tomintoul water jug, perfect for adding a drop of water or two to stronger...  More info
$56.29
Billed under a traditional name, this is a Strathisla 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Scottish independent bottler, WM Cadenhead. A limited release 222 bottles.  More info
$130.39
Matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks, this single malt from BenRiach is then finished in casks from the Jamaica, previously used to mature Dark Rum.  More info
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$63.12
A big bodied Mannochmore - heavy on the sherry. This was distilled in 1990 and released as part of Diageo's range of special releases. Each bottle is at cask strength and individually numbered.  More info
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$241.90
Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather...  More info
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$106.39
Superlative Speysider from Macallan, this astonishing 25 year old if one of the most revered whiskies in the world. It received a perfect 100 out of 100 score from the Beverage Testing Institute in...  More info
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$856.57
From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info
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$74.25
Tomintoul 1976
(70cl, 40%)
Limited edition Tomintoul. This was distilled in 1976 and bottled in 2007. Robert Fleming, Distillery Director, describes the '76 distillation as "stunning". This was awarded a Gold at the...  More info
$365.78

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