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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 cracking peated cask Balvenie was released in 2010. It was aged traditionally to begin with, before a finish in casks that previously held peated whisky. The result is well balanced and not...  More info
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This was distilled at Caperdonich in 1970. The distilled was mothballed in 2002, so its whisky is becoming rather rare. This was aged in cask 4378 before bottling in 2008 by Adelphi as a release of...  More info
From Duncan Taylor's Legendary Peerless range, this 40 year old Glenlivet was distilled in 1970, and bttled at cask strength. Everything from the Peerless range is super-aged in either bourbon, sherry...  More info
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This was bottled especially for the very prestigious Old and Rare Platinum line. Aged for 20 years, distilled in 1989 at Tamdhu and bottled in September 2010. Each bottle is signed.  More info
Distilled at Linkwood on the 26th November 1990, this was aged in a hogshead for 19 years before bottling for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection on the 10th September 2010. A release of 227 numbered...  More info
$120.36
Distilled at BenRiach on the 20th September 1985, and aged for 24 years in bourbon barrel 5502, before bottling on the 10th November 2009. Botted at cask strength.  More info
This is a 40 year old, single cask, cask strength (even though it's 40%, it wasn't diluted, it came out of the cask at this strength) Glenlivet, aged in a bourbon cask. This was distilled in 1970 and...  More info
This was distilled at the Caperdonich distilled in June 1982 and aged in a refill hogshead for 28 years before bottling in September 2010. A release of 310 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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$181.81
This was distilled at Aultmore on the 25th May 1982, and aged in hogshead 2216 for 28 years before bottling by Bladnoch on the 6h August 2010 as part of a release of 156 cask strength bottles.  More info
Distilled at Cragganmore on the 17th March 1997 and aged for 13 years in casks 1121 and 1122 before bottling on the 19th April 2010. A release of 775 bottles.  More info
$53.15
14 year old BenRiach, this was distilled in April of 1995, this was aged in casks 90332 and 90333 before being given a finish in a rum cask. Bottled in 2010.  More info
A 13 year old BenRiach distilled in 1996 and aged in casks 90661 and 90663. It was given a finish in a Pomerol Wine cask, before bottling in 2010 as a release of 1129 bottles.  More info
A release of 276 bottles of single cask Dailuaine, bottled for the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled on the 2nd November 1983 and aged for 26 years in hogshead number 4315 before bottling on the 7th...  More info
A wonderful palate of creamy fruits, biscuity and strawberry jam, this 41 year old Glenrothes was distilled in 1968 and was bottled for the Peerless range from Duncan Taylor.  More info
Distilled in October 1978 and aged in cask 6738 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range in October 2010 at cask strength. A release of 152 bottles.  More info
This Braeval was matured in a sherry butt for 8 years. The result is a whisky that pairs perfectly with a good cigar. It was bottled for just that purpose by Douglas Laing.  More info
Distilled at the Cragganmore distillery on the 8th March 1991 and aged for 19 years in a single hogshead before bottling on the 12th July 2010. This was bottled by the Bladnoch Forum, as a release of...  More info
A 26 year old Balmenach, bottled for the Bladnoch Forum. This was distilled in 1986 and it was aged in Bourbon hogshead number 2410 before bottling on the 12th July 2010 as a release of 201 bottles at...  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Grant distilled in the Summer of 1995 and it was aged for 11 years in refill hogshead number 3230 before bottling in Winter 2006.  More info
A sherry butt matured Balmenach from Gordon and MacPhail's acclaimed Connoisseurs Choice range. This was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2008.  More info
10 year old Benrinnes, distilled in Autumn of 1997, this was aged in bourbon finished barrel number 3940 before bottling in Autumn 2007 by Douglas Laing.  More info
A 17 year old from Strathmill, this was distilled on the 12th November 1992 and aged inr efill butt 40711 before bottling on the 24th February 2010. A release of 873 bottles.  More info
A super rare, super old Banff bottled for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum selection. This was distilled in 1971, and bottled in August 2009 at cask strength.  More info
A 28 year old Mannochmore, bottled by the Bladnoch forum. Oily and aromatic, this was distilled on the 12th August 1982, matured in hogshead number 2852 and bottled at cask strength on the 13th August...  More info
This Cragganmore from Signatory was distilled on the 8th April 1992 and aged for 18 years in a pair of bourbon barrels before bottling in 2010 as a release of 629 bottles.  More info
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