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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 bourbon barrel-matured Dailuaine, this is a single cask whisky distilled in April 1997, aged for 14 years and bottled in April of 2011. A release of 265 bottles.  More info
$102.18
This is an eighteen year old bottling of Benrinnes from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's...  More info
$121.41
This is a thirteen year old Allt-A-Bhainne from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Allt-A-Bhainne produce whisky predominately for the blending process so it is unusual to see a single malt...  More info
$106.59
This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas.

It was chosen by a...  More info
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$12616.95
Distilled in 1990, this was aged in sherry butt number 5099 before bottling in 2011 for Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range. Expect big notes of chocolate and coffee!  More info
$336.37
This Family Cask was a refill sherry hogshead distilled in 1982. This whisky is a spicy, rich Glenfarclas, released as part of the popular family cask series.  More info
$609.55
A 13-year-old Glenlossie from Duncan Taylor. Matured in sherry casks, this is a lively, fairly young whisky.  More info
$97.10
The majority of Dailuaine’s output goes into the Johnnie Walker blends, but it is a fantastic single malt in its own right. This bottling from the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range offers a sweet...  More info
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$95.52
Distilled at Glen Moray in 1988 this whisky, part of Duncan Taylor's acclaimed Rare Auld range, was bottled at cask strength and was not chillfitered.  More info
$201.47
This is a twenty year old Glen Moray bottled at cask-strength for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$194.08
This was selected by George S Grant and a group of visitors to the Glenfarlcas distillery as part of the "Help Choose the 1996 Bottling" event, held during the 2011 Spirit of Speyside Festival. A very...  More info
$293.12
Released in 2010, this 12 year old Benrinnes is the first ever official single cask whisky from the distillery, bottled as part of the Managers Choice range. Distilled in 1996 and bottled in March...  More info
$333.02
Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a...  More info
$60.14
This Benrinnes was matured in oak casks and bottled by Duncan Taylor. It's a clean and well-structured whisky with pronounced fruit notes.  More info
$84.94
This was distilled at Glenburgie in September 1989. It was then aged for 20 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2010 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 272 bottles.  More info
$129.40
Distilled in August 1995 and matured in consecutive hogsheads (1824 and 1825), this 16 year old Strathmill was and bottled in March 2012. Signatory bottled 807 of these little beauties.  More info
$63.99
This is Glen Moray has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance series of single malt whiskies.  More info
$69.73
A cask-strength Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range. This was distilled in 1989 and bottled after 22 years …  More info
$162.89
Production has started once again at the Glen Keith distillery in 2013! Hooray! As we wait for their new releases, why not whet your appetite for their whisky with a 20 year old Hunter Laing bottling...  More info
$119.76
A cask strength release from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled at Linkwood in 1991 and aged in refill sherry butts. This has been bottled at a slightly higher abv than the previous 1991 release.  More info
$126.25
This is a ten year old Mortlach bottled by Cooper's Choice in 2011.  More info
$83.63
A refill bourbon matured 1991 vintage from the Speyside distillery, Strathmill, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$89.46
A 16 year old Glentauchers bottled by Signatory on January 2 2012 as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in bourbon cask number 1387, this is a fine, fresh tasting whisky with plenty to...  More info
$96.19
Part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions Range, this is a 10 year old Aultmore. Much of the distillery's output goes to make Dewar's famous blend.  More info
$91.36
A 23 year old Speyside dram from Linkwood distillery. Bottled by Adelphi in 2012.  More info
$138.65
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