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 'Adelphi' 2000 / 18 years old #571/573 55%
This new release from Adelphi comes from a combination of just two sherry Hogshead casks that were filled at the Aultmore distillery in 2000. A rich flavour of roasted coconut leads, with Macaroon bars (chocolate covered coconut), cocoa powder and sesame seeds leading to a big, rich and spicy finish of ground black pepper.
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 '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...
Wemyss 'Sweet Mint Infusion' (Aultmore) 1991 / 2013 46%
Distilled at the Aultmore distillery in 1991 and bottled by independent bottlers Wemyss, this 22 year old whisky comes from a single ex-hogshead cask. The classic Aultmore style of soft, sweet and fruity (apples, pears) are on display, with old-fashioned boiled sweets and a curious note of freshly washed linen and a peppermint in the finish.