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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
From the Braeval distillery comes this gorgeous 15 year old single cask Scotch whisky from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled in February 1998, cask 9989 was emptied in August 2013...  More info
$103.18
This 21 year Longmorn was distilled in 1991 before being placed in cask 9233. It was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask collection.  More info
$151.13
The Benrinnes distillery in Speyside produced the single sherry cask used in this Hepburn's Choice release in 2002. It was bottled by Langside Distillers in 2013 with an outturn of 798 bottles.  More info
$72.83
A delicious 17 year old Glen Grant from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This was distilled in May 1995 and aged in cask 85116 before bottling in May of 2012. A release of just 226 numbered bottles...  More info
$142.09
This is Mortlach was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This whisky is bottled at 46%abv without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info
$95.92
This Glen Elgin, from the Speyside region of Scotland, was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2010 at cask strength by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
$132.14
Back in February 2000, when we were all still just getting used to writing the date with a "20" instead of a "19", this Craigellachie single malt was distilled and filled into a sherry butt. Skip...  More info
$156.97
Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info
$72.83
Part of WM Cadenhead's popular Duthies range, this BenRiach single malt aged for 16 years before it was bottled. The cask in which it was matured had an outturn of 366 bottles.  More info
$74.40
A cracking 15 year old from seldom-seen distillery Glentauchers, 298 bottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info
$106.20
This was distilled in Autumn 1999 and aged for 12 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. A lovely single cask Glentauchers…  More info
$73.91
A single cask release from Berry Brothers & Rudd, who have bottled a rather splendid 18 year old single malt from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info
$135.28
This is a 21 year old Macduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask series. Only 262 bottles of this brilliant malt from cask 9909 were produced, with no chill...  More info
$139.92
This Speysider was bottled at nineteen years old by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask. This Longmorn is non-chill filtered so all of the flavour and texture is preserved in the final product!  More info
$126.41
Ah, autumn! You're so difficult to spell early in the morning, but we can't hold that against you when you give us great big piles of leaves, Halloween and whiskies like this 15 year old Macduff...  More info
$84.04
This Berry Bros. & Rudd single cask whisky comes from the Speyside distillery in... Well, in Speyside. It was aged for 18 years and then bottled for the Berry's Own Selection.  More info
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$128.08
After the Douglas Laing assets were divided, Stewart Laing's new company Hunter Laing got the Old Malt Cask brand. This Glen Moray 21 Year Old, distilled in October 1991 and bottled in August 2013, is...  More info
$152.71
An old independent bottling of 11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Miltonduff distillery (with its traditional name 'Miltonduff-Glenlivet' being used here). It was distilled in 1990 and...  More info
$78.34
A 14 year old Mortlach presented at medium strength by The Maltman. An outturn of 376 bottles from cask 10998.  More info
$101.87
Glen Moray Classic
(70cl, 40%)
This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.  More info
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$42.32
Single cask Dailuaine whisky, distilled in the summer of 2003 and left to mature in a sherry hogshead. 10 years later, we're being treated to a lovely Provenance bottling by Douglas Laing. Good work...  More info
$70.72
A Clan Denny bottling of 12 year old Braeval single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing, who will be donating the proceed from this release to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. 762 bottles...  More info
$88.27
An independently bottled Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside, bottled by A. D. Rattray for their Cask Collection. It was distilled in 1989 and matured in a single sherry cask, then...  More info
$117.71
A Strictly Limited bottling of Speyside single malt from the Inchgower distillery. 13 years of maturation in 2 bourbon barrels went into making this yummy dram, which was bottled by Càrn Mòr in 2014...  More info
$83.75
A single cask Miltonduff distilled in 1989 and aged for 22 years in cask 449009 and bottled in 2012 for Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$146.78
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