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 'Old Malt Cask' 2006 / 11 years old 50%
This release from Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask is from Craigellachie and is 11 years old and bottled at the Laing's prefered strength of 50%. Dark chocolate is the first note on the nose, followed by red plums and toffee. The palate has notes of creamy caramel and juicy sultanas which move into fresh orange and mocha. Warming notes of pepper pro...
Craigellachie 'Old Particular - The Elements' 2006 / 12 years old 54.3%
Released for a new series known as the 'Elements Collection' from Douglas Laing & Co, this whisky celebrates the 'fire' element, bottling a 12 year old whisky from the Craigellachie distillery. Selected from a single sherry butt, the Laing's suggest that this is a dram of cocoa, campfires and ginger spices with orange and barley notes as wel...
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.