- Spey Trutina Melody
- Spey Beinn Dubh
- Spey Tenne Cask Strength Batch 4
- Spey Fumare Cask Strength Batch 4
Production at The Speyside Distillery started in 1990. The distillery took its name from the original distillery of the same name, located in Kingussie, which was operational from around 1895 – 1911.
The distillery is small in comparison with it’s closest neighbours (Dalwhinnie & Tomatin), with a 4.2 ton Semi-Lauter mash tun, 4 stainless steel washbacks and one pair of stills (11,000 wash & 8000 spirit).
Speyside Distillery uses a wide range of casks. The majority of these are American ex-bourbon barrels, but they also use casks sourced from Spain, Portugal and France.
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So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and my favourites on the night!
Tasting Notes – Spey Trutina Melody (46%)
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
SPEY Trutina, which takes its name from the latin for ‘honest & pure’, is said to signify the natural, simple characteristics of the Speyside Distillery.
Nose: Sherbet sweetness with green apples and some citrus. Some toffee notes and after a while the citrus increases with the addition of some herbs.
Palate: Strong lemon citrus balanced by sugary sweetness and chocolate.
Finish: Dry and powerful spicy pepper which is rather scrummy! The finish gets quite bitter at the end.
Tasting Notes – Beinn Dubh (43%)
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Casks: Bourbon barrels before being finished in heavily toasted Ruby Port casks
Beinn Dubh, which means Black Mountain, has been produced using water from the Cairngorm Black Mountain, and finished in heavily toasted Ruby Port casks from The Douro Valley.
Nose: What an inviting looking dram this is! On the nose there’s rich dark fruits with red wine and vanilla. It gets more porty as time goes on with some added coffee.
Palate: Lashings of Port and dark chocolate! Then there’s Dark fruits including prunes, wood, creamy vanilla and a little liquorice.
Finish: The spiciness grows but there’s sweet coffee and chocolate aplenty to keep it in check!
Tasting Notes – Spey Tenne Cask Strength Batch 4 (57.5%)
Initially aged in bourbon casks, this bottling has been finished in the Tawny Port casks from the family run winery, Quinto de Filoco, for 6 months. A limited release of 1500 individually numbered bottles. Bottled at cask strength, non chill filtered and with no added colouring.
Nose: Rich and earthy with some port and red wine. There’s also hints of toffee and sugary plump fruits. Oh, not forgetting some waxiness …
Palate: Cracking port and red wine flavours with sugary plums and chocolate – Yummy!
Finish: Dark and spicy with dry wood, treacle and blackcurrant.
Tasting Notes – Spey Fumare Cask Strength Batch 4 (58%)
Fumare was the first ever peated distillery bottling from Speyside Distillers, produced from peated barley which the distillery only used for a small amount of time each year. 100% matured in bourbon barrels, non chill-filtered and with no added colouring.
Nose: Woop! Woop! Back to the smokehouse! Smokey peat with sweet treacle and a few hints of antiseptic plus some lemon zest.
Palate: Smokey with deep, sweet peat plus sweet, creamy chocolate, some herbal flavours and powerful peppery antiseptic plus a few shades of mint!
My Favourite On The Night
1. Fumare Cask Strength Batch 4
2. Tenne Cask Strength Batch 4
I Love these new cask strengths and the Fumare Cask at this ABV is off the scale – a great balance of flavours!
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