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 'Signatory' 2007 / 10 years old 43%
Not often available as an independent bottling this 10 year old distilled in 2007 and aged in a pair of hogshead casks with only 646 bottles produced in 2017. The nose has lemongrass and apples. The platate is oaky, spice with a hint of burnt sugar and has a medium finish that is slightly sweet with hints of toffee.