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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
Part of Douglas Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, this Longmorn was distilled in December 1994 and bottled in June 2013 following an 18 year maturation period.  More info
$137.73
Celebrate Benrinnes, come on and celebrate! A Càrn Mòr bottling of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1991 and bottled in June 2013. The single hogshead had an outturn of 178 bottles.  More info
$169.14
Drawn from two hogshead casks, this 17 year old Glen Elgin is strictly limited. Literally. It's part of Càrn Mòr's Strictly Limited range and there's only been 734 bottles made.  More info
$93.34
Recherché is a very special release indeed with 1968 being the year that the oldest maturing casks in the GlenDronach warehouses were laid down. As this bottling's name suggests (recherché being the...  More info
$4809.10
Spring is awesome. The sun comes out, the stork delivers baby lambs to fields all over the country and whisky like this Glen Grant is distilled so that one day it can be enjoyed. Well that day has...  More info
$70.69
Part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask, a range full of whiskies from well known distilleries that have been picked at their individual tastiest age. For cask 9869, which held whisky from the Speyside...  More info
$139.87
Distilled in 1993 and bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd, this Linkwood single cask whisky is 19 years old.  More info
$146.03
This cracking Aultmore matured for 15 years in cask 970003582 (now cover it up and see how many digits you can remember) and bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$86.63
7 year old bottling (decantering?) from Miltonduff, presented in a 19th century-style ceramic decanter. 448 were filled by hand from a single cask by Douglas Laing.  More info
$188.27
A 22 year old Strathmill matured in a single cask (4242) and bottled in May 2013 as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. 238 bottles were produced.  More info
$173.24
A single cask release of 20 year old Glenburgie whisky, distilled in October 1992 and bottled in October 2012, before the two Laing brother divided the Douglas Laing company. Only 192 bottles were...  More info
$134.51
Spending a secondary maturation period in a small 50 litre cask, this 21 year old Linkwood from Duncan Taylor has an outturn of just 64 bottles!  More info
$190.69
A 15 year old single cask offering from Douglas Laing presented at the lower bottling volume of 46% in early 2013.  More info
$88.83
A 14 year old Benrinnes from Douglas Laing. Delicious.

Distilled in December 1998, it was bottled in March 2013 as part of the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$103.59
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 1952 distilled Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. A rich dram of the Sherried Speyside school.  More info
$947.72
An old bottling of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 'Unblended all malt' Scotch whisky.  More info
$347.65
A single cask whisky from Linkwood distillery aged for an amazing 24 years. Distilled on the 5th of December 1988 and bottled by Montgomerie's for their Single Cask collection in March 2013. Tops.  More info
$214.84
A 20 year old from rarely seen Glenlossie. Bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$119.60
This 20 year old from Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range was distilled at Longmorn in September 1992. It was bottled in February 2013 with neither chill filtration nor additional colouring.  More info
$203.43
An old bottling of Drumguish from the Speyside distillery.  More info
$67.16
A fabulous 17 year old Glen Grant from the lovely Maltman. 276 boottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info
$127.40
Glenfarclas' superb 'My Tribute' is a special commemorative 1968 bottling from the Family Casks series. It was aged for 44 years before bottling and comes with a smart, handmade presentation case, a...  More info
$4190.28
A refill butt matured Family Cask, this 1976 vintage Glenfarclas offers a very creamy, fruity character.  More info
$507.12
Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
(70cl, 42.30%)
A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info
$629.73
This Glentauchers has been bottled at cask strength from a cask filled in 1996 by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range.  More info
$166.72
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