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 — Cragganmore
Cragganmore 1988 / 17 years old 55.5%
Cragganmore 12 years old 40%
A true classic of the Speyside whisky style, Cragganmore is situated near Ballindalloch in the north-east of Scotland. Rich with flavours of caramel, toffee and a soft fruityness, it is balanced with a hint of fragrant wood and subtle smoke in the background. A well-rounded and very easy drinking dram from the heart of whisky making country.
Cragganmore 'Distillers Edition' 2005 40%
Matured for 12 years, some of which was in very special Port casks, giving an additional peppery, dark fruit flavour to the usual soft, rounded and sweet Cragganmore style. A gentle touch of peat smoke balances this whisky and is one of the hallmarks of the Cragganmore. This limited edition bottling is only available in small quantities.