Delivery Login
Blog Contact Trade +44 (0)1892 888 376
My Basket
Total$0.00
You can change the currency displayed here.
click to close

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

Share This!

Browse whiskies

Other Whisky Regions

Islay Whisky
(1000)
Master of Malt Single Cask Whisky
Bruichladdich Octomore
Vintage Cocktails
St George Spirits
Compass Box Distillery
Monkey Shoulder Whisky
A Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. It was distilled in 1995, around 7 years before the distillery closed its doors for the last time...  More info
$133.98
The famous Cardhu 12 year old presented in a charming leather pouch.  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$64.41
20 years was long enough for this Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky to develop some excellent flavours. We're very happy Berry Bros. & Rudd knew when the right time to bottle this whisky and capture...  More info
$137.71
Matured for 26 years, this Berry Bros. & Rudd release of Linkwood is a rather handsome devil. Handsome and delicious!  More info
$221.75
Cask strength Allt-á-Bhainne single malt, independently bottled by Signatory. It was distilled in September 1991 and left to slumber in hogshead #109437 - a catchy name, we're sure you'll agree. After...  More info
$118.57
Distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2011 as part of the 7th Family Cask Release from Glenfarclas (and there are plenty more to come!). Matured in a refill hogshead that yielded 240 bottles.  More info
$526.95
This Strathmill was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. The whisky is from a limited release of bottles from cask number 4240 and is non-chill filtered and bottled at natural cask...  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$155.94
All right, more Wemyss bottlings with very specific names! This one comes from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, distilled in 1988 and left to mature in a single butt. The cask was opened in 2013...  More info
$180.90
The Dimensions range is like the peacock tail of Duncan Taylor, it's their way of showing off the fantastic array of whiskies they have in their portfolio. This 23 year old Linkwood, distilled in...  More info
$185.03
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
$89.77
Part of the Autumn 2013 release from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this Speyside single malt was distilled in 1984, left to mature in a single plain plain hogshead (#6031) then bottled in July...  More info
$560.19
Craigellachie filled hogshead #7286 in November 1996 and left it to mature. In September 2013, the cask was opened and the whisky was bottled for the Single Malts of Scotland range. 312 bottles were...  More info
$91.68
Part of WM Cadenhead's Small Batch series of independent bottlings, this Macduff single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1989 and matured in sherry wood until 2013, when it was bottled with an...  More info
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$134.76
This is a medium-bodied, 1998 vintage Dailuaine from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill sherry hogsheads, before bottling at 46%ABV - slightly higher than previous...  More info
$62.64
Leinburn 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A 12 year old single malt from Speyside. Leinburn is named from the little burn that ran into the River Spey.  More info
User Rating:  (5 Reviews)
$48.94
This Linkwood was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd for the Boisdale restaurants of Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf, London.  More info
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$109.67
An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Aberlour distillery (with this bottle featuring a rather old-school name of theirs). It was matured in bourbon casks for 23 years. Part of WM...  More info
$121.90
Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Wemyss and given the name Citrus Burst, which doesn't sound too dissimilar from the name of an ice cream or an exciting sweetie. It's not. It's a tasty...  More info
$119.94
At 21 years old this Glenburgie, bottled by us here at Master of Malt, would be old enough to legally drink itself in America, but that would be a shame because then we wouldn't be able to. Also...  More info
$111.56
The chaps at Adelphi decided that 21 years in an ex-bourbon barrel was long enough for this Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. This single cask release was bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 219...  More info
$134.78
One of the first releases from Lady of the Glen, an independent bottler from Fife, who obviously heard the phrase "Go big or go home" and took it to heart, as this 14 year old Benrinnes is hugely...  More info
Ardmore 25 Year Old
(70cl, 51.40%)
A cask strength 25 year old from Ardmore, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser and also offers plenty of peatiness, which makes this more like a traditional aged Speyside malt.  More info
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$216.73
The closed Imperial Distillery in the Speyside region produced this single malt Scotch whisky, which was lovingly aged for 23 years (from December 1990 to March 2014, if you're wondering). It was...  More info
$274.73
An indie bottling of 20 year old Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, made possible by WM Cadenhead. 246 bottles were produced for their Duthies range of independently bottled whiskies...  More info
$75.17
Produced at the award-winning Glenlivet distillery, Nadurra is a delicious range of cask-strength, bourbon-matured single malt, aged for 16 years. Each is bottled in small batches, and Batch 0712U is...  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$74.98

Recently viewed

We use cookies to help provide you with the best possible online shopping experience. By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.
Visit our privacy policy page for more information.

The prices currently being shown in USD are approximate, and should be used for illustrative purposes only. All prices are in GBP and all orders are charged in GBP. The order total – the amount you will actually be charged – will be displayed in GBP before you place your order. Click here to change your currency.
We Accept
Delivery Partners
Master of Malt supports responsible drinking - Sip, don't Gulp.
ATOM Supplies Ltd trading as Master of Malt. Registered office: North House, 198 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BE. Registered in England & Wales. Company number 3193057, VAT number GB 662241553.