Whiskies from Speyside are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Situated around the River Spey, Speyside is one of the most densely populated whisky areas in the world. Over 30 distilleries populate the valley of rivers and glens. The lack of peat or coastal air has allowed the Speyside region to create a broad style of whiskies that are are lighter, honeyed and refined. Some have heavily sherries influences, but there is an undercurrent of rich malts with toffee and honeyed flavours, paired with nuts and fruity notes. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside drams. Every now and again, an expression comes along that veers off the designated path. Like this BenRiach Curiositas.
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I always look forward to last weekend in May. This is usually when the world celebrates Ardbeg Day. Ardbeg day started in 2012 and this annual event has been filled with fun and whisky every year since. With loud fanfare, a new limited Ardbeg release is launched and the day is spent tasting and appreciating Ardbeg around the world. From New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, Europe and the USA, special Arbeg themed events turn the day into a world wide party.
The year 1795 was a busy year. Wars started and ended, treaties were signed, country debts were paid, Hayden released his 102 ’nd Symphony in B and Thomas Seddal harvested a 8.3-kg potato from his garden in Chester, England. Funny all the things that history captures as important at the time. This was also the year that Jim Beam was founded by a group of German farming immigrants. Jacob Beam noticed how fertile the Kentucky region was for cereal farming and he grew corn and grains which he eventually used in his whiskey.
Towards the end of 2016, I was fortunate to attend the launch of a new whisky release in South Africa. The Scottish Leader 12 yo has been a long standing favourite in the East and lucky for us, have now reached the South African shores. Scottish Leader is a well known brand around the world. The Original and Signature releases are popular in South Africa and now they have extended their South African presence with the 12 yo.
The Bushmills 16 yo is probably one of the dustiest bottles in my collection. I have had this bottle for more than 8 years and although we have tried it a few times, I have never written about it. With all the new whisky arrivals, it got moved right to the back of my whisky cupboard and in December, while sorting and organizing, I stumbled across it again. So it made it to my tasting list early in 2017.