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 — Dailuaine
Dailuaine 'Old Particualr' 2008 / 10 years old 48.4%
Filled into a sherry butt in July 2008 and matured for 10 years, this new release from the Old Particular range is the perfect dram to warm up with on an Autumn evening. The nose as described by Fred Laing is fresh and full with syrupy fruit salad and cereal notes (barley), moving to spices and toffee on the palate. The sherry cask maturation sh...
Dailuaine 'Cadenhead' 2008 / 10 years old 59.8%
Dailuaine 'Cadenhead' 2004 / 14 years old 46%
Another fantastic offering from one of Speysides hidden gems, a vatting of two Hogsheads selected by Cadenheads expert master blenders. A floral fruit salad on the nose with hints of baked scones and orange peel. Summer fruits and cream on the palate with notes of caramalised cashews leads into a long and fresh peppermint tea finish.
Dailuaine 'Hepburns Choice' 2007 / 10 years old 46%
This release from the Hepburns Choice range is from Dailuaine distillery which was distilled in 2007 and matured for 10 years. Hepburn?s Choice from Hunter Laing is a range of whiskies named after the directors? late grandfather, William Hepburn, who travelled the world working in the Diplomatic Services. This whisky is non-chill filtered and bo...