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 — Cardhu
Cardhu 'Rare Malts' 1973 / 27 years old 60.02%
Distilled in 1973 at the Cardhu distillery in Morayshire, this is one of the oldest examples of Cardhu bottled. This release comes from the famous 'Rare Malts' collection from United Distillers (now Diageo), a pioneering series of cask-strength releases from some of Scotland's most famous distilleries. Interestingly, the tasting notes on the bac...
Cardhu 12 years old 40%
Cardhu 12 year old is a much loved Speyside single malt that is mellow and easy drinking with flavours of heather and honey, oak and sweet spices. A great whisky to try if you're fond of the Johnnie Walker range as Cardhu is one of the key componenets of the iconic blend.