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 '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 1976 750ml 40% (c)
Released as one of the first in the 'Singleton' series, this was distilled at the Auchroisk distillery in 1976. This is amongst the oldest expressions available from this little-known Speyside distillery, bottled in the early 90's for the American market at 750ml.