Speyside Speyside Whisky Distillery
The name of this whisky not surprisingly confuses people not familiar with the Scottish Whisky market. They have named the distillery after the famous whisky region Speyside. So you have a Speyside from Speyside. It is also a distillery located on the side of the Spey River so accurately if confusingly named. The original Speyside whisky distillery was located in Kingussie founded in 1895 but demolished 16 years later. The Distillery as it stands now was built by George Christie (a Submarine Captain) who found the beautiful location at Tromie Mills, 3 miles from Kingussie.
On the site stood derelict barley mill with adjoining croft which was once occupied by the McGregor family but milling had ceased by the mid 1960’s. The merchant George Christie asked a stone mason (dry stane dyker) to build the distillery and he alone built the structure of the distillery over 20 years finally opening in 1990. The water wheel powering the mill was retained and still works to this day. This wasn’t George Christie’s only foray into whisky production; he also started construction on a malt whisky distillery near Drumguish.
After opening George wasted no time in releasing a whisky with a barley legal no-age-statement Drumguish being released in 1993 it didn’t get great reviews. Another no-age-statement release called Glentromie followed to similar path but the flagship Speyside single malt Scotch whisky was released as an 8 year old in 1999 followed by a 10 year old in 2001 by which time the distillery was under new ownership from venture capitalist. Speyside’s biggest claim to fame so far was appearing in the BBC TV Drama ‘Monarch of the Glen’ as Lagganmore Distillery, this programme went onto great popularity globally.
Taste: Many say the single malt Scotch whisky from here often tastes like a blended whisky, may be not a bad thing as blended whisky out sells malt 8 to 1