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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Speyside Distillery Information

Speyside Scotch Whisky Distillery Equipment

Stainless steel mash tun

4 Stainless steel washbacks

2 small capacity pot stills

Matured in American oak bourbon casks with some Sherry butts.


Speyside Malt Whisky Distillery History


The distillery takes its name from the original Speyside Distillery in Kingussie, which started in 1895 and was only in only production until 1905 before being demolished in 1911.


The new Speyside Distillery was built following one man's dream to have his own malt whisky distillery. George Christie a well-known merchant chose the tranquil spot at Tromie Mills, three miles from Kingussie to build his dream.


This disused barley mill and croft, dating back to the 1700's, had been run for many generations by the McGregor family, the final milling being finished by Alex McGregor in 1965.


George Christie commissioned Alex Fairlie a dry stane dyker to build the distillery. Alex single-handedly laid all the stonework over a period of nearly 20 years and the distillery started production on 3rd December 1990. The old mill and water wheel were retained and are still in working order.


The distillery is not a large production plant, being equipped with a four tonne GlenSpey mash tun, four 20,000 litre wash backs, a 13,000 litre wash still and a 7,000 litre spirit still, both stills being made by Forsyth's of Rothes, mass production never being one of Mr Christie's objectives.


Water is drawn from the old mill lade which originally ran the waterwheel that powered the old mill that gives the site its name; the same water source is used for process and cooling in the distillery.


The distillery has only 4 employees, they lovingly watch over the small batch production.


Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Cu Dhub 40% The Black Whisky (Loch Dhu)

Cu Dhub 40% The Black Whisky (Loch Dhu) 10 years old

Drunguish No age statement

Speyside 10 year old

Speyside 12 year old

Speyside 15 year old

The Speyside Distillery, Glen Tromie,



PH21 1NS

Tel: +44 (0)1540 661060


No Visitor Facilities


The Speyside 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

As one of Scotland's few remaining independent distilleries, they are able to ensure that each bottle of The Speyside reflects the quality and character synonymous with Scotland's most famous whisky producing region, Speyside.


From the heart of Scotland's most famous whisky producing region, The Speyside Distillery is proud to offer The Speyside 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt. Taste the synthesis of the pure local waters of the River Tromie and the fine barley from the Moray Firth region. By drawing upon the attributes of the land and the river, The Speyside Distillery excels at producing A Perfect 12.


Colour ~  A warm golden brown


Nose ~ Clean, delicate and balanced with a toasted barley aroma.


Taste ~  A slightly peaty flavour gives way to creamy ripples of hazelnut.


Finish ~ Lingering hints of vanilla and toffee.

Drumguish  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The pure local water coloured and flavoured by the peat of the Cairngorm mountains, together with the fine malted barley from the Moray Firth region, and, of course, our unsurpassed attention to detail.


Colour: - Pale mid amber with old gold highlights


Nose: - Soft and medium-sweet. quite fresh with a slight menthol character, gently peated with a slight earthy touch.


Taste: - Medium-dry, minty, with good body and a firm, but gentle dark earthy smokiness.


Finish: - Of good length, almost dry with a good peaty flavour.

Cu Dhub 40% The Black Whisky (Loch Dhu)

Not The origonal Loch Dhu that is now a collectors piece. This is very close in Style and taste -


The black single malt whisky from the forest of Gaick (Speyside)


The taste and flavours of this black single malt will roar over your tongue, leaving a hot path of bitter sweet liquorice, coffee and hints of malt, smoke and spices

Speyside Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose Soft malted barley, delicate peat, nutty.

Palate : Medium bodied. Creamy, hazelnuts, toffee and gentle peat.

Finish : More toffee and a touch of honey.

Founded by George Christie

Building commenced in the late 1960s the first spirit was distilled in 1990.

Location Speyside region Southwest district Kingussie

Water source, River Tromie