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《Wines of the World》The Floral Taste of Speyside Whisky



In the last few posts, I talked about some of the less well-known whisky distilling regions in Scotland, but this time, I will give an introduction of a very well-known and popular region—Speyside.

You may not have heard of Speyside, but for sure, you must have heard of or tasted whisky brands like The Macallan or The Glenfiddich, all of which good examples of Speyside whisky.

Speyside is geographically small but home to many world-renowned whisky distilleries such as The Macallan, The Glenlivet and The Glenfiddich, which are appreciated by many and easily purchased around the world.

I believe most people started with these brands when they got their taste of single malt whisky. What about you?

In fact, The Glenlivet and The Glenfiddich are the world’s leading single malt whisky brands with the highest market share, and the two brands combined accounted for one-third of all Scottish single malt whisky sales.

Whiskies from the region are characterized by their pronounced floral aroma and are usually relatively light-bodied with a touch of sweetness, creating an embodiment of elegance and excellence.

If you wish to learn more about whiskies from Speyside, I recommend that you start with Macallan because it gives a good representation of the region’s style.

The distillery of Macallan is always very focused on getting the right aroma—to create a rich and blooming floral aroma, which is loved by many whisky enthusiasts.

A pronounced but subtle oakiness with a hint of almond and honey and a gentle flavor with a touch of honey sweetness—a truly pleasing taste.

Glenfiddich has a thicker body than Macallan, especially for 15-year Glenfiddich, which possesses a good balance of woodiness and sweetness. If you prefer something lighter, you should try Glenlivet.

Other well-known brands from Speyside include Aberlour, Balvenie, Glenfarclas, Tamnavulin—each with its own uniqueness.

Speyside is actually considered as a branch of Highlands whisky and the region is geographically surrounded by the Highlands, this is why many of the distilleries label their products as Highlands.

Whiskies from the two regions have one characteristic in common which is their focus on aroma, with Speyside being lighter in flavour and less smoky.

If you don’t like the heavy peat of Islay or the sweetness of the Lowlands, Speyside whisky should be the perfect choice for you.

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