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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
Aged for a whopping 40 years, this Caperdonich is an incredible whisky from Duncan Taylor's Peerless range. Each whisky in the range is aged for at least 40 years in the vaults of the distilleries...  More info
Distilled at Glen Grant in April 1975 and aged in brandy butt number 6279 before bottling for the Old Malt Cask label in June 2010. A release of 371 bottles at the "preferred" drinking strength of...  More info
Distilled in 1997, this 13 year old Imperial was bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their range of non chillfiltered, non caramel coloured single malts (NC2).  More info
A single cask Macallan from the Provenance range. This was distilled in Autumn 1997 and aged for 12 years in hogshead number 6191 before bottling in Spring 2010.  More info
A super rare, super exclusive Macallan from the Old and Rare Platinum range. This was distilled in May 1977 and aged for 33 years in a refill hogshead and a red wine cask! This was bottled in July...  More info
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This Macallan was distilled in 1996 and aged for 13 years before bottling for Duncan Taylor's NC2 range in 2010.  More info
From Adelphi's great little range of 10cl minis, this was distilled at Aultmore in 1974 and aged for 35 years in cask numbewr 3739 before bottling in 2010 as part of a release of 101 cask strength...  More info
A cask strength 50cl bottle of Glen Grant. This was distilled on the 12th February 1992 and aged in cask number 17163 for 15 years before nottling on the 25th September 2007 This is a release of 378...  More info
This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in July 1987, and aged for 22 years in cask number 47252 before bottling in February 2010. A release of 317 cask strength, individually numbered bottles.  More info
Distilled at Caperdonich in November 1972, and aged for 37 years in cask number 7416 before bottling in April 2010 by Duncan Taylor. This is part of a release of 114 numbered bottles.  More info
A very special edition of Macallan. This was released to celebrate the recommissioning of the stills on the 1st September 2008 that had been silent for 20 years. They released just 1,002 bottle of...  More info
$420.23
This is part of a release of 600 individually numbered bottles of amazing 40 year old Glenfarclas. Each bottle has a lovely label featuring artwork celebrating Scottish literature. There are 30 label...  More info
An incredible 40 year old from Glenfarclas. There are just 600 bottles in the Scottish art range, all are individually numbered, and there are thirty label variations. The beautiful labels celebrate...  More info
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A single cask Dufftown. This was distilled on the 3rd November 1982 and aged for 27 years in cask number 18647 before bottling on the 17th June 2010. A release of 175 numbered bottles at cask...  More info
Distilled on the 26th October 1983 and aged for 26 years in hogshead number 9801 before bottling on the 16th June 2010 for the Bladnoch forum. A release of just 204 individually numbered bottles of...  More info
This single cask Linkwood was distilled on the 16th September 1991 and aged for 18 years in hogshead number 10346 before bottling on the 26th May 2010 for the Bladnoch forum. A release of 252 numbered...  More info
A release of 226 individually numbered bottles of cask strength Glen Elgin, distilled on the 1st November 1984 and aged for 25 years in hogshead number 2855 before bottling for the Bladnoch forum on...  More info
14 year old Macallan, bottled for the Vintage Malt Whisky Co's Cooper's Choice range. This was distilled in 2009 and aged in cask number 10448 before bottling in 2009.  More info
An 18 year old Speyside from the Longmorn distillery. This was distilled in 1992 and aged in refill butts before bottling in 2010 by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company for their Cooper's Choice range.  More info
$89.31
A single cask Speyside whisky matured in refill sherry butt number 79. This was distilled at Dufftown on the 9th January 1984 and aged for 26 years before bottling on the 12th April 2010. A release of...  More info
$162.72
A 16 year old, un-chillfiltered Cragganmore. This was distilled on the 8th April 1992 and aged in hogsheads 1459 and 1460 before bottling on the 15th September 2008. A release of 624 numbered bottles...  More info
24 year old Speyside whisky from the Cragganmore distillery. This was distilled on the 20th October 1985 and aged in hogshead number 1994 before bottling on the 20th November 2009. A release of 233...  More info
We always look forward to the release of the next batch of a'Bunadh with palpable excitement. This great, old-fashioned, sherry matured, natural cask strength whisky from Aberlour may just be one of...  More info
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A 15 year old Mortlach from Signatory. This was distilled on the 3rd June 1992 and aged in hogsheads 4985 and 4986 before bottling on the 8th April 2008. A release of 828 individually numbered...  More info
Distilled in Speyside's Glen Moray distillery in April 1996 before a 13 year maturation and a Sauternes barrel finish. A release of 1419 bottles from the Dun Bheagan range.  More info

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