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 — Mannochmore
Mannochmore 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1996 / 2017 46%
The aroma from this Speyside malt has a lovely sherry influence of sultanas, and some spice along with a hint of zesty citrus. The taste is creamy followed by pepper on the tonque. Slightly spicy with orange and dark chocolate following for a long finish. The nose is citrus with floral notes and crisp apple with a hint of marzipan.
Mannochmore 'Gordon & MacPhail' 2003 / 2019 56.8%
Rarely bottled as a single malt due to its prized use in blended whiskies, this Mannochmore from Gordon & MacPhail's latest single cask releases was selected from a single first-fill ex-sherry Hogshead. After 15 years of maturation, this whisky has an intense aroma of rich fruitcake (glace fruits, raisins, sultanas) and stewed red fruits, wi...