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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
Only 245 bottles of this Macallan were produced for this edition of the Annie Leibovitz Masters of Photography range featuring the actor Kevin McKidd.  More info
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$2781.71
Only 245 bottles of this Macallan were produced for this edition of the Annie Leibovitz Masters of Photography range featuring the actor Kevin McKidd.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$2781.71
This Mannochmore has been bottled at 13 years of age for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The Old Malt Cask series are all bottled without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info
$96.68
This Mannochmore has been bottled at 13 years of age for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The Old Malt Cask series are all bottled without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info
$96.68
This is a 13 year old single cask from the Speyside distillery. It was distilled in the Winter of 1999 before a maturation in refill hogshead 9215. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Autumn...  More info
$100.24
This is a 13 year old single cask from the Speyside distillery. It was distilled in the Winter of 1999 before a maturation in refill hogshead 9215. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Autumn...  More info
$100.24
This is a staggering single cask Glenglassaugh, selected by Mhairi McDonald for the Chosen Few range. It was distilled in October 1978 and aged for 33 years in a bourbon barrel. There are just 275...  More info
$481.98
This is a staggering single cask Glenglassaugh, selected by Mhairi McDonald for the Chosen Few range. It was distilled in October 1978 and aged for 33 years in a bourbon barrel. There are just 275...  More info
$481.98
This is a peated BenRiach from the distillery's official single cask range. It was distilled in 1976 and aged for 35 years in hogshead number 8804. This is a release of 232 bottles, bottled in 2012.  More info
$540.34
This is a peated BenRiach from the distillery's official single cask range. It was distilled in 1976 and aged for 35 years in hogshead number 8804. This is a release of 232 bottles, bottled in 2012.  More info
$540.34
This Tormore was distilled in 1992 and bottled 20 years later in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info
$135.22
This Tormore was distilled in 1992 and bottled 20 years later in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info
$135.22
This is a very rare bottling of Glenfiddich. The Private Vintage range are produced from a tiny selection of four to six casks, selected by Glenfiddich's malt master. The finished product is presented...  More info
$5460.17
This is a very rare bottling of Glenfiddich. The Private Vintage range are produced from a tiny selection of four to six casks, selected by Glenfiddich's malt master. The finished product is presented...  More info
$5460.17
Glenfiddich's Private Vintage range are highly collectable and are the result of a special selection of four to six casks. The final product is presented in a cherry wood box and demonstrate the...  More info
$6479.81
Glenfiddich's Private Vintage range are highly collectable and are the result of a special selection of four to six casks. The final product is presented in a cherry wood box and demonstrate the...  More info
$6479.81
This is a twenty year old Miltonduff bottled by Mackillop's who also own Glencadam and Tomintoul.  More info
$101.74
This is a twenty year old Miltonduff bottled by Mackillop's who also own Glencadam and Tomintoul.  More info
$101.74
An 11 year old Glenlossie, distilled in September 2000 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range in June 2012. This is batch one…  More info
$88.59
An 11 year old Glenlossie, distilled in September 2000 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range in June 2012. This is batch one…  More info
$88.59
Spicy, complex Glen Grant finished in smaller, octave-sized casks from Duncan Taylor's wonderful Octave range. This was distilled in 1995 and aged for 17 years before bottling as a single cask.  More info
$120.88
Spicy, complex Glen Grant finished in smaller, octave-sized casks from Duncan Taylor's wonderful Octave range. This was distilled in 1995 and aged for 17 years before bottling as a single cask.  More info
$120.88
The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1991 Family Cask was aged in sherry butt number 5669 before bottling at cask-strength in 2012. This is a rich, digestif-style malt.  More info
$339.17
The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1991 Family Cask was aged in sherry butt number 5669 before bottling at cask-strength in 2012. This is a rich, digestif-style malt.  More info
$339.17
Strathmill Manager's Dram is a single cask whisky specially selected and bottled at natural cask strength from one of Speyside's lesser known distilleries.  More info
$347.63
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