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 — Craigellachie
Craigellachie 'Cadenhead' 2009 / 10 years old 54%
Distilled in 2009 at the Craigellachie distillery, this new two-cask bottling from Cadenhead is a perfect introduction to the joys of cask strength whiskies, bottled without filtration or dilution. Classic in its style, this Craigellachie carries a grassy, herbal flavour (sage, cut grass, oregano) that is joined by tones of gooseberry, pancakes ...
Craigellachie 'Old Malt Cask' 2006 / 12 years old 50%
From one of Speyside's most iconic villages, this single cask release of Craigellachie has been matured in a sherry butt for 12 years before being bottled by independent bottlers Hunter Laing & Co. Decadent aromas of chocolate, vanilla and ripe raspberries are followed by more red fruit, liquorice and another dollop of vanilla on the palate,...
Craigellachie 13 years old 46%
This 13 year old release by Craigellechie provides an expression bursting with sweet tropical fruits which is due to being aged in American oak casks. This is finely balanced with smokiness to give an overall rich and full whisky.