The Speyside distillery is the cheekily named, newer distillery on the border of where you may term ‘Speyside.’
I realised that I hadn’t really tried any of their official range, partly because it was only being sold in Asia with the help of a famous footballer or something. Anyway, it is sold under the name Spey to avoid confusion with Speyside the region I guess, which isn’t confusing at all… Definitely doesn’t conflict with Glen Spey, Speyburn or the brand Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail’s Macallan).
I can heartily recommend the new cask strength versions they’ve done of the range (if they haven’t already sold out everywhere but I haven’t reviewed those yet, only these two:
Spey Trutina 46%
Colour: Light Straw
Nose: Very light, slightly bready, new make spirit, pretty young but not bad for it, just a little boring, apple, pear, esters. Very clean.
Taste: Very very light, barely there at all (despite the strength), pear and green apple, lots of lemon, very fresh and easy.
Finish: Medium length. More here with vanilla, toasty, dough, a little ginger spice.
The definition of breakfast whisky. Not bad but there really isn’t much there in terms of complexity. An easy drinker.
Spey 18 46%
Nose: Fresh and fruity, fruit salad with green grape, green apple, some lime, some leather from the oak, melon and Macadamia nut.
Taste: Light and delicate, fizzy lemon then dry oak, leather and chocolate, dark malt, some grape, melon, some spice with white pepper.
Finish: Medium length. Quite soft with a little lemon, leather. Quite a quiet finish.
1999, 'fresh' Sherry casks, which it definitely isn't. There is a nice balance of fresh and old here actually, again showing off the same style as the Trutina. Fresh and quite delicate whisky.
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