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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 Aultmore in May 1982, it was then aged for 28 years in cask 2232, before being bottled for Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range in May 2011. A release of 207 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Glen Moray in December 1983, this was aged for 27 years in cask 3204 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in June 2011. A cask strength release of 124 numbered bottles.  More info
This was distilled at the Glenburgie distillery on in August of 1988 and aged for 22 years before bottling in March 2011. A release of 233 bottles from Duncan Taylor.  More info
This incredible Aultmore was aged in a single cask for 22 years. It was bottled in March 2011 for Duncan Taylor's impressive Rare Auld range, and there are just 216 bottles!  More info
This Benriach was distilled in November 1990 and aged for 20 years in a single cask before bottling in March 2011. A release of 288 bottles,  More info
This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in 1999 and aged for 11 years before it was bottled un-chillfiltered and without caramel colouring in 2011 for Duncan Taylor's NC2 range.  More info
$75.19
This was distilled at the Aberlour distillery in 1988. It was aged in cask 5551 and bottled at natural cask strength in 2011 by top wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd. This is a soft, fruity, rich...  More info
$132.06
This was distilled at Glen Keith in 1996 and aged in cask 72713. It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd, and is made extra rare as the Glen Keith distillery closed just three years after this was...  More info
$76.86
This was distilled in 1997 at Longmorn and aged in cask 163309 before bottling in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. This is a complex, full-bodied and aromatic whisky, with honeyed, malty flavour.  More info
$75.19
This was aged for 27 years in refill sherry cask 4319 before it was bottled by Adelphi at natural cask strength. A release of 219 bottles, bottled in 2011.  More info
Cask strength 26 year old Tamdhu, this was a single cask (2836) which bore 269 bottles. Bottled by Adelphi in 2011, this is a beautifully rich whisky, with a great deal of complexity.  More info
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$158.32
Distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2011 as part of the 7th Family Cask Release from Glenfarclas (and there are plenty more to come!). Matured in a refill hogshead that yielded 240 bottles.  More info
$576.36
The sixth release of 1969 Family Cask from Glenfarclas, this time aged in a single sherry hogshead (number 3187) and bottled in 2010. Delicious stuff.  More info
$714.74
Bottled in 2007 from a sherry hogshead. This Glenfarclas is honeyed and rich with a touch of peat smoke.  More info
$698.81
The delicious 8th release of 1968 Glenfarclas Family Cask. This was aged in a sherry hogshead (cask 179) and bottled in 2011. Really lovely, single cask, cask strength Speyside malt from George S...  More info
$995.16
A beautiful Speyside malt which we bottled on the 14th July 2011. This was distilled at Dailuaine on the 2nd November 1983, and it was aged for 27 years in a refill sherry hogshead, which had an...  More info
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Strathisla is one of the oldest operating distilleries and is a key component in the Chivas Regal blend. This 1970 vintage Strathisla was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail of Elgin as part of their...  More info
$317.73
This is a 1974 Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin as part of their Distillery Label range.  More info
$257.51
This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info
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$408.62
The Glenlossie distillery is situated right next to the Mannochmore Distillery in Speyside and has been open since 1876 with only one major fire in this time, that's pretty good for a whisky...  More info
$108.14
This whisky is from the Speyside distillery of Balmenach and was distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2011 by Gordon & Macphail of Elgin.  More info
$54.28
Release 6 of the 1973 family casks, this particular expression was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up notes of coffee and leather on the nose, with bitter chocolate and espresso on the palate...  More info
$701.20
Release three of the 1962 Family Cask, this was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up intense freshness, funny considering its age, but really something with staggering pear and apricot notes, with...  More info
A stunning single cask Glenfarclas distilled way back when in 1952. This was aged in plain hogshead 1710. It was bottled in 2007, and it offers up notes of burnt malt, peat, oak, BBQ smoke, sherry...  More info
A single cask Inchgower aged for a whopping 36 years in a refill hogshead! This was distilled on the 16th September 1974 and bottled on the 9th June 2011. Absolutely stunning and cracking value for...  More info

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