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 — Aultmore
Aultmore 'BBR' 2006 / 10 years old #308088 46%
Filled into a cask in 2006 at Aultmore, this bottling by Berry Bros. & Rudd of London is a classic example of the style made at this Speyside distillery. The aroma is distinctly malty and sweet, which also carries an orange zest and toffee fudge note with a hint of liquorice. The palate is quite forward and fizzing with fruitiness and a pepp...
Aultmore 'Cadenhead' 2006 / 12 years old 57.4%
One of Speyside's lesser known distilleries, this Aultmore from Wm. Cadenhead boasts a delicate creamy nose with touches of fresh spearmint and hints of custard creams. That creaminess continues on to the palate - bottled at 57%, a bit of time and a touch of water really opens this whisky up to reveal fresh juicy tropical fruits before progressi...
Aultmore 'Gordon & MacPhail' 2005 / 2016 46%
The Aultmore distillery lies north of the town of Keith and produces a light, floral and sweet Speyside style of whisky. This bottling is from a selection of Refill bourbon barrels, offering aromas of delicate coconut and elderflower, with toasted malt and ripe banana. The palate is sweet and rounded, complimented by a zesty orange twang and a s...
Aultmore 'Old Particular' 2006 / 12 years old 48.4%
From independent bottler, Douglas Laing's latest 'Old Particular' range, this 12 year old single cask from the little known Aultmore distillery in Speyside is a fresh and fruity dram. Charged from a single refill hogshead it boasts sweet fresh barley aromas with green apples, vanilla and coconut. Fresh Spanish oranges on the palate with a gentle...