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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
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
$424.31
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
$151.71
A 15 years aged single cask bottling of Glen Keith whisky from the Provenance range by Douglas Laing.  More info
$91.05
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
$51.40
WM Cadenhead have used the very traditional name for the Glen Grant distillery with this release of 24 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. It was matured in a bourbon barrel, producing 156...  More info
$145.59
A limited edition BenRiach, distilled in 1999 and matured in ex-bourbon before enjoying some time being finished in virgin American oak casks. You don't see that happening every day, but it has...  More info
$80.66
A 15 year old Aberlour single malt, usually found on mainland Europe but some of these tasty rascals have drifted out to our little island. Matured in a mixed of sherry and bourbon casks, lending...  More info
$75.63
A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info
$27.50
This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info
$79.87
A very well-aged Aultmore from respected bottler Mackillop's. Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in Speyside on the 4th of September 1990 and bottled from cask number 5199 in April 2013.  More info
$183.59
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A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,980 sought after, natural cask strength...  More info
$1008.46
This was distilled at Speyside's Linkwood distillery in 1999 before a 13 year maturation in cask 11969. It was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012, and it comes at natural cask strength.  More info
$91.85
A 20 year old Speysider from Adelphi. This Longmorn was dumped from cask 48438.  More info
$151.99
Distilled in 1995 and aged for 13 years in cask 12718, this Glendullan was bottled for the acclaimed Managers Choice series by Diageo. It's rare to see an official Glendullan, and there are just 636...  More info
$269.54
The Mortlach distillery in sunny Speyside distilled this single malt Scotch whisky in 1995. They left it to mature for 18 years, until Duncan Taylor cracked open the single barrel and bottled the...  More info
$147.00
A 12 year old, 2000 vintage, single cask Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor. This was bottled at natural cask strength for the Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for increased...  More info
$127.32
Spending 11 years in a sherry butt has undoubtedly made this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky rather tasty indeed. A single cask release independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength...  More info
$94.39
This Strathmill spent 23 years maturing in a single cask, from August 1990 to February 2014. After all that time, the angels had left just 103 bottles worth of single malt Scotch whisky for Duncan...  More info
$241.46
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.  More info
$38.83
Royal Brackla is one of only three distilleries that are permitted to use the word 'Royal' in their names. It is also a distillery we don't see so much of so this is a great opportunity to try a malt...  More info
$127.38
This is a 34 year old, 1977 vintage whisky from BenRiach's impressive official range of single casks. It was finished in barrels which previously contained Rioja wine, and the result is an...  More info
$424.31
This bottling of 17 year old Glentauchers certainly is Strictly Limited, as only 501 bottles were produced from the 2 bourbon barrels. Un-chill filtered and bottled in 2013 by Carn Mor.  More info
$93.42
A top notch single cask from a top notch distillery by a top notch bottler! This Longmorn spent 24 years in cask 14385 before being bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$227.27
A 46% abv single cask Mortlach from Douglas Laing, bottled for their Provenance range.  More info
$73.42
The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info
$67.18
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