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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 was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd April 1992 and it was aged for 19 years in hogshead number 46238 before bottling at cask strength by Signatory on the 17th May 2011.  More info
$87.28
A single cask, 8 year old Craigellachie, this was distilled in 2002 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling by Signatory 2011. A release of 681 bottles.  More info
$79.05
Distilled at the Imperial distillery in 1995, this was aged for 15 years in two hogsheads. Bottled in 2011, a release of 737 bottles.  More info
$60.85
This Glen Keith was distilled on the 8th November 1995, and it was aged in a pair of hogsheads before bottling by Signatory in 2011. A release of 782 bottles.  More info
$60.85
Bottled un-chill filtered, and with no caramel colouring, this is pure, unadulterated whisky. Distilled at Caperdonich on the 9th July 1994, it was aged in two hogsheads, and was bottled by Signatory...  More info
Distilled at Glenrothes on the 28th January 1994, this was aged in a single sherry butt before bottling by Signatory on the 7th April 2011. A release of 805 numbered bottles.  More info
$59.53
Distilled at the Royal Brackla distillery on the 6th September 1993 and aged for 17 years in a single bourbon barrel before bottling on the 25th September 2010. A release of 329 bottles.  More info
$58.87
A vatting of two hogsheads of Tormore, distilled on the 27th April 1995 and bottled in 2011 by Signatory. A release of 824 bottles.  More info
$53.16
Distilled at Glendullan on the 25th March 1997 and aged for 13 years in a single hogshead before bottling by Signatory on the 4th March 2011. A release of 349 numbered bottles.  More info
$52.99
This was distilled at Braeval on the 12th November 1998. It was aged for 12 years in two bourbon barrels before bottling on the 9th March 2011. A release of 679 bottles from Signatory.  More info
$44.56
This 43 year old Macallan was distilled on the 27th April 1965 and aged in fino sherry butt number 2114 before bottling on the 2nd June 2008. A release of 484 numbered bottles. At natural cask...  More info
$1572.59
"Order, order", "parliamentary privilege." Yup. This wonderfully collectable 10 year old Macallan was bottled especially for Speaker Martin, the honest and decent politician.  More info
A very special 7 year old Macallan (!) bottled for Giovinetti and Figli Milano - Italian wine importers and distributors. A very rare, and incredibly unusual whisky!  More info
Beautifully rich and intensely malty Dailuaine, distilled in 1973 and bottled at the ripe old age of 22 years for Diageo's Rare Malts range. Cask strength and very rich.  More info
This was distilled in 1961, and aged in a single sherry hogshead (cask 1326), this was bottled in 2010 as part of Glenfarclas's incredible Family Cask range, spanning over half a century of whisky...  More info
$873.58
Batch 36 of Aberlour's a'Bunadh - a cask strength, "ultra-sherried" whisky, made in the style of the days of Yore. Full of stunning raisin flavour and sweet spices. Like eaten a mince pie dowsed in...  More info
This was distilled at Macallan in 1992 and it was aged in sherry casks for 17 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. A release of 1,000 bottles.  More info
A set of three of Glenglassaugh's different new make malt spirits. This boxed set includes 20cl bottles of Clearac (regular ol' new make), Peated (smoky of course) and Fledgling XB (aged for a year in...  More info
This was distilled at Convalmore in 1981, and aged for 17 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 1998 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
Distilled at the Strathisla distillery on the 8th May 1968, this was aged for 42 years before bottling on the 1st February 2011. A single cask release of 162 bottles.  More info
Distilled in October 1969 at the Caperdonich distillery, aged for 41 years in single cask 3254 and bottled for the Rarest of the Rare series in March 2011. A release of 176 bottles.  More info
Aged for 41 years, this was distilled in 1969, and was bottled at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their prodigious Peerless range. A fantastic whisky with masses of character.  More info
Distilled at Glen Grant on the 9th February 1970, this was aged for an incredible 41 years in cask number 826 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Peerless range on the 16th March 2011. A...  More info
This Caperdonich was distilled in November 1972 and aged in cask 7440 for 38 years before bottling in May 2011. A release of 181 bottles from Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare series.  More info
A beautiful natural cask strength Glenrothes, aged for a whopping 40 years, this was bottled for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Lonach range. Very good indeed, and utterly astonishing value for money.  More info

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