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 — Balmenach
Balmenach 'Gordon & MacPhail' 2008 / 2016 46%
This is a vintage 2008 Balmenach from a refill Sherry Butt & refill Bourbon Barrels, bottled in 2016. On the nose is Lemongrass and apple with a subtle sherry aroma. The taste is a mixture of apple, light sherry and toffee notes. Slightly peppery with zesty citrus fruity.
Balmenach 'Provenance' 2007 / 10 years old 46%
Distilled at the Balmenach single malt distillery in 2007, this bottling comes from famed independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co. who have selected this single cask to be bottled by itself - a mark of its quality and taste. Balmenach is a great example of the Scottish Speyside style, sweet and fruity with hints of orange, fresh pears and ha...