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' 2007 / 11 years old 54%
From Craigellachie distillery in Speyside, this 11 year old whisky has been bottled at 54%. The nose is sweet with notes of caramel slice and muscovado sugar and a hint of green banana. Sweet notes carry through to the palate with honey, pecans and a slight spice from paprika. To finish, mixed herbs and pears come together with star anise.
Craigellachie 'Cadenhead' 2009 / 9 years old 55.1%
From Speyside distillery Craigallachie, this Cadenhead bottling is 9 years old and bottled at a cask strength of 55.1%. There are sweet notes on the nose with mango and butterscotch, vanilla ice cream adds a creamy note. There is an earthiness to the palate which again visits vanilla notes, with cream and maple syrup. The finish adds a warming a...
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.