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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
Independently bottled Dufftown single malt, distilled all the way back in 1995. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, it has been bottled at 48.4% abv in handsome bottles covered in Olde-Timey...  More info
$131.36
A single cask Glentauchers, aged in a refill hogshead. This was distilled in November 1995 and aged for 13 years before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in February 2009.  More info
$82.66
A special bottling taken from ten of the last remaining quarter casks at Glenfarclas. Incredibly, the youngest of these whiskies is 25 years old, with the entire maturation having taken place in the...  More info
$440.59
While most of Glen Elgin's whisky from Speyside ends up in the very tasty White Horse blends, you can still get your hands on some of their single malt through independent bottlers. It just so happens...  More info
$148.21
A lovely, fragrant 13 year old Speyside single cask from Mortlach distillery here. Bottled by Hunter Laing in December 2013 for their Old Malt Cask range, the outturn was 319 bottles at 50% abv.  More info
$109.46
This is a sixteen year old bottling of Glenburgie from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Glenburgie is one of the principle ingredients in the famous Ballantine's Blend however it is a great single...  More info
$106.81
A lovely, cask strength, sherry matured Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky from that was distilled in 1989 and has been bottled as part of Mackillop's Choice. What an excellent choice it is.  More info
$261.35
This is the ninth 1994 release from Glenfarclas' Family Cask Range.

Glenfarclas isn't just family owned it is still run by the family themselves and the Family Cask range is testament to the...  More info
$363.81
This Mortlach was distilled in October 1989. After that, it matured in cask 5055 for a whopping 23 years before being bottled in August 2013 for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions series. 240 bottles were...  More info
$226.23
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.  More info
$38.79
A 1984 vintage Glenfarclass bottled in 2011, part of the 7th release of the intriguing Family Casks releases.  More info
$569.31
21 year old Allt-A-Bhainne? Thank you very much, Douglas Laing! That's right, they've only gone and bottled some fab Allt-A-Bhainne for the Old Particular selection. This edition was distilled in...  More info
$157.34
Hunter Laing, Stewart Laing's new company after he and his brother split Douglas Laing's assets between them, have released their first Old & Rare bottlings. It as label that has always been reserved...  More info
$345.82
This was distilled at the Tormore distillery in June 1995. It was then aged for 17 years in a single cask (a refill hogshead) before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2012.  More info
$120.11
Named after the classic sweetie, this 1992 whisky from Glentauchers distillery, with notes of anise, has been named 'Liquorice Spiral'. 339 bottles have been produced from a single hogshead courtesy...  More info
$146.90
This is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Braeval distillery, although this bottling features its original name, Braes of Glenlivet. It was distilled in December 1994, matured in a bourbon barrel...  More info
$113.11
This Linkwood was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd for the Boisdale restaurants of Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf, London.  More info
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$120.43
An Old Malt Cask release of Allt-á-Bhainne, the fantastic distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in October 2013, making this single malt Scotch whisky 17 years old! It...  More info
$131.85
This Speysider was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2011 at natural cask strength and without colouring or chill filtration.  More info
$140.98
This single cask release of Miltonduff single malt was matured for a massive 31 years before it was bottled with an outrun of 189 bottles for The Duncan Taylor Single range. Looking to keep on keeping...  More info
$503.82
Tormore is a relatively young distillery compared to many, having been built in 1958 to a flamboyant design. This Tormore was bottled in 2012 by Mackillop's Choice.  More info
$160.97
This was distilled at BenRiach in 1977 before a 34 year maturation in single cask number 2593. It was finished in a Sauternes dessert wine cask, and the result is gloriously honeyed and fruity.  More info
$423.96
This Strathmill single malt Scotch whisky is 21 years old as it was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in October 2013. 294 bottles were produced for Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask.  More info
$151.58
A 15 years aged single cask bottling of Glen Keith whisky from the Provenance range by Douglas Laing.  More info
$90.97
Looking for a great birthday or Christmas present? This Glen Moray Classic set is sure to make someone's day. It comes with 2 branded glasses and a bottled of Glen Moray Classic, their excellent entry...  More info
$51.36
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