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 — Glen Elgin
Glen Elgin 'Adelphi' 2006 / 13 years old #802276 54.6%
Drawn from an ex-Bourbon hogsheads (previously fitted with new ends), this new arrival from Adelphi was selected from the Glen Elgin distillery. The nose is grassy initially with notes of almond and coconut muesli, honeysuckle, rosehip and a note of that classic kiwi invention, pavlova. On the palate there are 'soor plooms' (a sour Scottish cand...
Glen Elgin 'Infrequent Flyers' 2006 / 13 years old 59%
One of the second batch of whiskies in the 'Infrequent Flyers' series, a brand new independent bottling company from Alistair Walker, this Glen Elgin has matured for 13 years in a single hogshead. Glen Elgin Distillery is little known and rarely seen as a standard bottling, but is reknowned amongst distillers and blenders. The distillery is kno...
Glen Elgin 12 years old 43%
Some might think the release of a range of whisky under the name Hidden Malts a bit strange, but this is not because they have been carefully concealed. The explanation is that these fine malt whiskies, which will naturally appeal to those who appreciate the finest Scots produce, have until now been available only as very rare bottlings. And the...