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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 Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky was matured for 8 years in a tiny Octave sherry cask to increase the interaction between the wood and the whisky. A fantastic independent bottling from Duncan...  More info
$102.80
An antique bottle of The Glenlivet 12 year old, from the 1970s. What type of whisky is it, you ask? Why, it's "Unblended all malt Scotch whisky" (single malt), of course!  More info
$201.35
Whisky collectors, feast your eyes upon this little beauty! It's a 38cl bottle of 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky from the 1970s.  More info
$100.67
Lovely Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky! You don't see a lot of their whiskies as single malts as most of it ends up in Johnnie Walker blends. This 15 year old expression matured in a bourbon...  More info
$107.28
This Glen Grant is from another dimension! No, wait, on closer inspection, it's from the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range, which highlights the vast varieties of whisky they've bottled over the years...  More info
$123.07
Bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range, this Glen Spey from Speyside matured for 21 years in a sherry cask before being bottled with an outturn of 260 bottles.  More info
$152.67
Single cask Linkwood whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Dimensions range. Cask 11152 has an outturn of 253 bottles when it was emptied in October 2013, 22 years after it was filled.  More info
$185.24
The Duncan Taylor Single selection are a wonderfully lavish series of independently bottled rare whiskies from top distilleries, presented in gorgeous hardwood and leather boxes. This edition is a 30...  More info
$557.78
A cask strength Macduff single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel since March 1991 and bottled in June 2013 by Càrn Mòr. Just 133 bottles of this whisky were produced!  More info
$168.98
A single cask release of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside. The immensely tasty whisky, which was distilled in 1996, was bottled in 2013 by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$126.21
20 years was long enough for this Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky to develop some excellent flavours. We're very happy Berry Bros. & Rudd knew when the right time to bottle this whisky and capture...  More info
$145.89
Matured for 26 years, this Berry Bros. & Rudd release of Linkwood is a rather handsome devil. Handsome and delicious!  More info
$235.86
Yummy 18 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. A limited release of 228 bottles.  More info
$137.60
One of Speyside's fantastic distilleries, Glen Grant produce high quality whisky with every release. Even independent bottlings of their whisky are exceptional, like this 18 year old Old Malt Cask...  More info
$137.60
An Old Particular bottling of Tormore 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky by Douglas Laing. Cask 10053, which was a sherry cask by the way, was filled with some incredible whisky, and now it's all...  More info
$131.24
This single cask release of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1994, which was the year their wash stills were converted to steam firing. Impress your friends with this knowledge!...  More info
$145.62
Sometimes it's good to be picky, or maybe to be so bold as to be "particular" if it means releasing whisky as fantastic as this 17 year old Glentauchers. Douglas Laing does an excellent job of putting...  More info
$134.45
A stunning Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the ever-popular Old Particular range from Douglas Laing. Bottled at 51.5% abv, this 20 year old single cask treat is rather exciting...  More info
$147.59
The Provenance collection from Douglas Laing celebrates the seasons in which the whisky is distilled. This yummy 11 year old Glen Moray single malt was distilled in Autumn 2001 and bottled in Summer...  More info
$70.10
A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family...  More info
$12584.10
A 20 year old Ben Nevis single malt Scotch whisky, and 7 of those months were spent in a reconstructed sherry octave cask to promote contact between the whisky and the oak. The cask number was 446106.  More info
$178.48
Independently bottled by Wemyss, this single cask Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky has been given a descriptive and slightly whimsical name, as Wemyss does with all of their bottlings. This tasty...  More info
$121.53
Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe, growing...  More info
$2559.67
The Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor showcases lots of fantastic single cask Scotch whisky that has been aged very well and bottled at natural cask strength, like this 17 year old Longmorn. Just...  More info
$176.18
Having matured for 22 years, the single whisky in cask 10298 was deemed spectacular enough to join Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range of single cask bottlings. A limited release of 256 shiny bottles.  More info
$204.21
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