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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
A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art...  More info
A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art...  More info
A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art...  More info
A particularly well aged Glen Grant matured in an octave cask by independent bottler Duncan Taylor. After this line had been bottled, Master of Malt used the cask for the maturation of the first ever...  More info
A 37 Year Old release from the (now Mothballed) Caperdonich distillery, owned by Chivas Brothers. The outturn of this cask was only 150 bottles. Supremely collectable.  More info
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A Brackla from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, bottled from Refill Hogshead number 3115.  More info
$43.58
An absolute belter of a malt from Highland distillery Ardmore. Incredibly biscuity and Umami-rich.  More info
The 2010 release of Cragganmore's 21 year old expression. A premium whisky which epitomises the Highland style. We got really good egg-custard on the palate of this.  More info
A 33 year old, cask strength Glenlivet, selected by Bruichladdich's Master Distillery Jim McEwan, and bottled in his Celtic Heartlands range.  More info
A 1991 Mortlach bottled for the (absolutely fantastic) London Restaurant, Bar, and Cigar Club 'The Boisdale'. Ask for the Rump Steak - Black and Blue, with truffle-mash. Tell them Master of Malt sent...  More info
A single cask Mortlach bottled under Berry's Own Selection by esteemed wine merchant Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2010.  More info
$114.75
This was distilled in 1991 at Macduff and bottled in 2008 by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$96.90
A cask strength 1996 vintage Longmorn, bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$73.56
Soft, malty Linkwood distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
Distilled in 1983 at Glenburgie and bottled in 2010 by London wine merchant Berry Brothers and Rudd, bottled at Natural Cask Strength.  More info
$133.04
A cask strength Glen Grant distilled in 1972, it was bottled in 2009 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Rich and full-bodied.  More info
$237.75
This Dailuaine was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd, and it was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2006.  More info
Cragganmore is known for its complex and fruity flavour. This was distilled in 1997 and bottled at cask strength in 2010 by BBR.  More info
$80.36
Distilled in 1991 at Benrinnes, this was bottled for BBR's Berry's Own Selection.  More info
$71.98
Benromach 1968 Tubed
(70cl, 41.80%)
Packaged in a very futuristic looking tube, this is a vey handsome looking Benromach distilled in 1968 and packaged at Cask Strength.  More info
$514.33
Benromach 1968 Boxed
(70cl, 45.40%)
A wonderful vintage Benromach, this was distilled in 1968 and comes packaged in a smart presentation box.  More info
$466.17
Part of the 2010 wine-finished releases from Speyside distillery Benriach. This particular release is finished in casks from Burgundy.  More info
Part of the 2010 wine-finished releases from Benriach. Loads of Floral and fruity notes on the nose.  More info
A 22 Year Old Glen Grant from acclaimed independent bottler Adelphi. Bottled at cask strength of 61.2% from cask 10184. A total outturn of only 167 bottles has led to great concentration and...  More info
Batch 32 in Aberlour's brilliant a'Bunadh series made in the old fashioned style of single malt production and aged in fresh Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

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