The Speyside (Strathspey) region stretches from the west of the Spey River near Kingussie to Buckie and back north up to near Forres. There are around 50 producing single malt distilleries together with a few that are now sadly closed. Strathspey is the heart of the Scotch whisky business, producing the vast majority of whisky used in blends and also sold as a single malt, and some of these whiskies are the backbone of Scotland's most famous blends.
There is great diversity of styles in the area, from soft and delicate through to rich and robust, and even some traditional peated whiskies too - this is the region that has it all, and is for many the quintessential example of the Scotch whisky style.
Speyside Region — Auchroisk
Auchroisk 'Cadenhead' 2006 / 12 years old 46%
Distilled at the little known Auchroisk distillery in Speyside, this independent bottling by Wm. Cadenhead has been maturing in two bourbon hogshead casks for 12 years. Fresh and sweet on the nose with delicate lemongrass and barley water aromas. Grapefruit and pineapple are joined on the palate by rich salted caramel lingering into a vanilla t...
Auchroisk 'Cadenhead' 2006 / 12 years old 55.3%
This Cadenhead bottling from the little know Auchroisk distillery in Speyside is 12 years old and bottled at a robust 55.3%. Lemon cake, gentle floral notes and fresh mint leaves offer up a delicious nose. Notes of milk chocolate, marzipan and coconut give the palate a rich and rounded feel. The finish is uplifting with cherries, orange peel and...
Auchroisk 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1996 / 2014 46%
Originally Auchroisk Distillery was started to supply the famous J&B blend and to this day is seldom seen bottled as a single malt. This particular expression, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, is fresh & fruity with herbal notes and a toasted malt character leading to flavours of stewed plums and citrus.
Auchroisk 'Old Malt Cask' 2000 / 15 years old 50%
Auchroisk (pronounced othrusk) is a key component of the Johnnie Walker blend, and is not frequently released as a single malt. This single cask release for the 'Old Malt Cask' series has an old-fashioned quality to it, with a green mossy note and old books in a library leading the nose. A citric, orange aroma leads to a palate of malty notes do...