The Speyside region of Scotland lies in the northeast between Aberdeen and Inverness, bordering the River Spey. This is where salmon fishing is at its best and where the country harbors some of its finest secrets: unsung golf courses and wonderful malt-whisky distilleries. The region is home to between half and two-thirds of Scotland's distilleries, depending on whose statistics you use. Some of them—including Glenfiddich, the Glenlivet and the Macallan—are famous around the world, but others remain relatively undiscovered. They can be delights when you stumble across them, and discovering them yourself makes the experience all the more satisfying.
Appropriately, the region has developed a strong link between its whiskies and the game of golf. When Turnberry celebrated its hundredth anniversary last year, it chose Glenfiddich to issue a commemorative bottle. And now Pebble Beach has launched its own whisky, Pebble Beach twelve-year-old Speyside single malt (bevmo.com; $74). The region produces some of Scotland's softest malts, and this offering (bottled independently, so the distillery remains a trade secret) is a thoroughbred Speysider: rich, sweet and fruity. The nose is distinctively of lemon candy, and on the palate the whisky is full, sweet and plummy, its finish warming and satisfying.
They say Pebble's seventh is not only the shortest hole in major championship golf but also one of the toughest. This whisky offers none of that difficulty. It's perfect to savor with friends, no matter what your fate on the course.