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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
Aberlour 1990
(100cl, 40%)
A very special, and extremely rare 1990 vintage bottle of Aberlour, bottled in a litre bottle.  More info
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$167.86
A 13 year old Benrinnes, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 25th November 1997 and aged in hogsheads 97 and 98 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 809 numbered...  More info
$43.58
The third release of Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask, this single cask was a sherry hogshead (number 1322), and it was bottled in 2008. It offers up an intense marmalade aroma, with loads of chocolate...  More info
Distilled in 1993 and aged in a single cask for 17 years, this Macallan was bottled by Adelphi at natural cask strength.  More info
This was distilled at Macallan in the Autumn of 1997. It was then aged for 12 years in refill hogshead number 5745 before bottling by Douglas Laing in the Winter of 2010.  More info
A single cask, sherry butt-matured Mortlach, distilled on the 1st October 1991, and aged for 19 years before bottling on the 21st October 2010.  More info
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$151.92
Distilled in 1973, this rich, intense Speyside single malt was bottled at natural cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$260.22
This was bottled under Berry Brothers' prestigious range "Berry's Own Selection". It was distilled in 1991 at Linkwood, and bottled in 2010 at natural cask strength.  More info
$115.79
This was distilled at Inchgower in 1982 and bottled in 2010 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Bottled at cask strength.  More info
$176.25
This single cask, cask strength Glenlivet was distilled on the 10th June 1985, and aged in hogshead 19750 for 25 years before bottling on the 13th January 2011. A release of 212 bottles.  More info
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$115.79
A 12 year old Craigellachie distilled on the 3rd February 1998, aged in hogshead number 66 and bottled on the 3rd December 2010. An outturn of 441 bottles.  More info
A 14 year old Longmorn, distilled on the 7th March 1996 and aged in a refill butt. This was bottled by Signatory on the 24th November 2010.  More info
$47.78
This was distilled at Mortlach on the 17th September 1990, and aged in refill sherry butt number 6070, before bottling on the 1st February 2011. A release of 548 bottles.  More info
Aged for 31 years, this Glenglassaugh was distilled on the 1st September 1979, and matured in hogshead number 1545 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd November 2010. (label on tin is slightly...  More info
$193.05
This was distilled at Glenlossie on the 4th October 1984, aged in a sherry butt (number 2535) and bottled on the 12th April 2010. A release of 570 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Aultmore, this fantastic whisky was finished in a Medoc wine cask, which has lent the whisky notes of strawberries and cream, spices and grape.  More info
$82.21
A cask strength Glenlivet. The Nadurra series has been very well-loved, thanks to the incredible character the whiskies offer. This is a particularly characterful batch of Nadurra.  More info
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$72.72
A release of just 199 bottles, this was distilled in 1989 at the Macallan distillery, and it was bottled in 2010 by Douglas Laing to commemorate their 60 years from 1949 to 2009. This was finished for...  More info
A recent release from BenRiach, Solstice is a peated whisky (unusual for Speyside, perhaps not for BenRiach though) which was aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in tawny port pipes. Loads of...  More info
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$82.21
A very interesting spirit from Glenglassaugh, this is basically under-aged whisky, aged for just 6 months (the minimum ageing for whisky is three years). This gets its blush colouring from its...  More info
If you want intense, spicy Oloroso sherry, masses of character, and at natural cask strength, all for under £40, it has to be a'Bunadh. Batch 35 is a stonker!  More info
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We’ve teamed up with the guys over at Glenfarclas to bring you this absolutely stunning single cask, 50 year old whisky. This is one-of-a-kind bottling, as evidenced by the bottling number "decanter 1...  More info
A light bodied Speyside dram fropm BenRiach. This was distilled in 1996 and aged in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
$58.81
They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70 year...  More info
They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70 year...  More info
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