In 1770, John & Robert Harvey, they founders of Speyside Distillery began their whisky journey by firstly founding Yorker distillery then subsequently Dundashill and Bruichladdich distilleries. Lord Byron, in celebration of his wedding in 1815 sent gifts to his wedding guests including King George III, a cask of scotch whisky thought to be SPEY Single Malt.
Speyside Distillery, nestled within the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains is widely acknowledged by many as being the prettiest of all Scotland’s distilleries. Originally a barley mill and croft dating back to the 1700’s, it finally closed in 1965. Over the next 25 years from 1965 it was slowly and lovingly converted into a single malt distillery, which then started producing spirit on Christmas Day 1990. The distillery draws it’s water from the Spey River tributary. The River Tromie using the old mill lade, which originally ran the waterwheel that powered the old mill. The old mill and water wheel were retained and are still in working order.
This Peated expression has been aged for 12 years before it was bottled at 46% ABV, with only 3,000 limited bottles released. A great balance of smoky and sweet in this one.
Gentle whispers of smoke, with creamy vanilla, fresh grapes and wood spice on the nose. The spice really develops on the palate, with green apple skin, roasted (if slightly burnt) nuts and earthy vanilla pod. A touch of ripe banana sweetness alongside dried fruit and a dry, smoky finish.
ABV = 46.0%