Arguably the most famous of the whisky regions, half of all Scottish distilleries are situated in Speyside including some of the most famous on the planet, such as Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Part of the reason for its popularity as a region was its ready supply of high quality water and good access by the railways which provided transport of manpower, raw materials and the finished product into and out of distilleries.
We have selected a Glenfarclas 10 as our Speyside representative. Situated in Ballindalloch, Glenfarclas was founded in 1836 and has been in the same family (the Grant family, but not the ones that own Glenfiddich and Balvenie) ownership since 1865. Glenfarclas is one of the greats. Its style is typically complex, rich and sherried. If there was ever a whisky to sit with in front of a roaring fire on a winterís evening, this is it.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Light & cleansing with menthol overtones. Fruit jelly sweets. Sweet grape and orange, apricot and peach Danish pastry.
Palate: Light and fruity to begin with, then a definite fruitcake influence with candied fruits, marzipan and, eventually, light spices.
Retails for around £30