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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
The Flora and Fauna series released 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Linkwood. Whisky Magazine awarded this an "Editor's Choice".  More info
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$69.26
The entry level bottling from the illustrious Glenlivet distillery at Speyside's heart, aged for 12 years. The archetypal Speyside dram, honey and orchard fruit driven.  More info
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$48.02
That Boutique-y Whisky Company's first batch of single malt Scotch whisky from Macduff, featuring a comic-book style label with a scene from the Scottish play that must not be named, just like...  More info
$67.09
Tomintoul 33 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A winner at Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards, Tomintoul 33 replaces the previous flagship malt (the 27 year old). Great value for money too.  More info
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$224.46
Ah! Another single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company with a cocktail recipe on the label! This time, the recipe comes from the truly excellent, award winning Bramble Bar in Edinburgh, courtesy...  More info
$75.49
Benromach Traditional
(70cl, 40%)
An entry level bottling for the Benromach range, though nonetheless we have a superbly balanced whisky, 80% of which has been bourbon-matured and the remaining 20% matured in sherry casks.  More info
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$38.21
An Aberlour, bottle by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. But this isn't just a regular Old Malt Cask bottling, which are already pretty special in themselves. This is part of their 15th...  More info
$227.13
Cardhu 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.  More info
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$57.84
Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Benrinnes Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The distillery practised partial triple distillation until 2007 as 'discussed' here by Pete McPeat and Jack Washback...  More info
$62.06
Cardhu 18 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A well-aged Cardhu, this 18 year old Speyside single malt retains its characteristic gentle nature allied with greater complexity and richness.  More info
$106.01
The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.  More info
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$70.74
This is the first batch of single malt Scotch whisky from the Miltonduff distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it features the Loch Ness Whisky Parliament on the label, or, more...  More info
$63.74
Longmorn 16 Year Old
(70cl, 48%)
Released to replace the 15 year old, part of a relaunch of Longmorn, promoting the brand as a super premium single malt maker. This is a superb 16 year old, recommended.  More info
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$81.45
No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the distillery.  More info
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$38.76
Under the new ownership of Glenglassaugh, the future looks very promising. They released this new make to give us some idea of what kind of quality to expect in the future from the distillery (whisky...  More info
$51.46
This was a very special, limited release Glenfarclas which we bottled for Movember. Now that Movember is over, if you're still hankering for a rich, cask strength Glenfarclas, we'd heartily recommend...  More info
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$167.86
Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin...  More info
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$75.29
The single malt produced at Dailuaine is used predominantly in Johnnie Walker blended whisky but is an exceptional example of a sherried Speyside whisky. This particular single cask bottling was...  More info
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$100.68
Benromach 10 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info
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$46.19
Tamdhu 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
The new 10 year old, All Sherry Tamdhu. Retro bottle. Very cool.  More info
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$58.13
This delightfully zesty Speyside expression was distilled in September 1997 with 312 bottles being, erm... bottled, in July 2013. With sweet and zingy notes that start on the nose and continue...  More info
$90.61
Arumaticus is part of a release of just 1,240 bottles, this peated 12 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery was aged in ex-bourbon casks before enjoying a finish in dark rum casks.  More info
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$62.64
Amazingly, this 10 year old Glen Moray was matured for its entire ageing period in chardonnay casks! Rich and surprisingly sweet and buttery, a fabulous little whisky…  More info
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$39.82
A wonderful, light Tomintoul distilled on 1st May 1995 before bottling at natural cask strength in April 2013 as part of Master of Malt's Single Cask series. This is classic Tomintoul, aged for nearly...  More info
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$104.04
Following batch one and two, batch three of GlenDronach Cask Strength has a lot to live up to. Luckily, as De La Soul told us, three is a magic number, and batch 3 does not disappoint in the...  More info
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$95.28

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