Whisky regions

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60% of all whisky produced in Scotland comes from the Speyside region

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It is within this region that there is the largest concerntration of distilleries in Scotland. There are currently over 30 in operation within what is a relatively small area, based around the towns of Dufftown, Elgin, Keith, Rothes and the surrounding glens. This has historically always been the case and is due to the combination of a perfect climate for whisky maturation, quality water supply and locality to the most fertile barley growing areas. The whiskies produced include some of the most famous in the world, such as Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, but also a number of hidden gems. The style is generally reasonably light with pronounced malty flavours and some sweetness. Speyside whiskies sit somewhere between the lighter Lowland whiskies and the richer, sweeter Highland whiskies. This is what makes them so universally popular.

  • Speyside distilleries
  • Aberlour
    • − the best selling whisky in France
  • Allt-a-Bhainne
    • − relatively unknown distillery whose whisky goes almost exclusively into Chivas Regal blending
  • Auchroisk
    • − modern 1970s distillery that produces whisky exclusively for the J&B Rare blend
  • Aultmore
    • − little known distillery owned by Dewars
  • Balmenach
    • − old distillery renovated and restarted by Inver House Distillers in 1997
  • Balvenie
    • − Glenfiddich's 'little' sister but still one of the largest distilleries in Speyside
  • Benriach
    • − a small independently owned and innovative distillery
  • Benrinnes
    • − one of the corner stones of the Johnnie Walker blended whisky range
  • Benromach
    • − small and experimental distillery owned by independent bottling company Gordon & Macphail
  • Braeval
    • − also known as Braes of Glenlivet, a distillery built to produce whisky for blending
  • Cardhu
    • − the home of one of the best selling single malt whiskies in southern Europe and America
  • Cragganmore
    • − a typical Speyside whisky that is the region's representative in the 'Classic Malts' series
  • Craigellachie
    • − distillery that produces whisky exclusively for the Dewar's white label blend
  • Dailuaine
    • − environmentally friendly distillery that is the backbone of the Johnnie Walker blended range
  • Dufftown
    • − little known but large distillery in the town of the same name
  • Glendronach
    • − distillery that forms an important part of the Teacher's blend
  • Glendullan
    • − distillery that produces whisky for the Old Parr blend for the export market
  • Glenfarclas
    • − Scotland's second oldest continual family owned distillery
  • Glenfiddich
    • − pioneering distillery that is the home of the world best selling single malt whisky
  • Glenglassaugh
    • − distillery that has been recently re-opened in November 2008 by private investors
  • Glen Grant
    • − a large and famous distillery that is one of the biggest sellers worldwide
  • Glenlivet
    • − Scotland's first legal distillery and one of the best selling whiskies in the world
  • Glenlossie
    • − a little known distillery that produces spirit for a variety of Diageo blends
  • Glen Moray
    • − popular single malt that was recently taken over by French spirits company La Martiniquaise
  • Glenrothes
    • − highly reputable distillery that produces rich single malts and whisky for the famous Cutty Sark blend
  • Glen Spey
    • − a light fresh spirit that is used primarily in the J&B Rare blended range
  • Glentauchers
    • − distillery that produces exclusively for the Ballantine's blended range
  • Inchgower
    • − Diageo owned distillery that contributes to the Bell's and Johnnie Walker blended ranges
  • Knockando
    • − one of the earliest distilleries to export single malt whisky. Currently one of the best sellers in continental Europe and America
  • Knockdhu (An Cnoc)
    • − renamed as 'An Cnoc' to avoid confusion with Knockando whisky
  • Linkwood
    • − well reknowned light and fresh whisky that is released as single malt and contributes towards blends
  • Longmorn
    • − rich and fruity whisky that is well regarded as a single malt but is mostly used in Chivas Regal's premium blends
  • Macallan
    • − iconic distillery that produces classic whiskies that are amongst the best selling worldwide
  • Mannochmore
    • − a 1970s distillery that is the home of the Haig's blended range and once produced the legendary black whisky Loch Dhu
  • Miltonduff
    • − high capacity distillery that produces the lion's share of whisky for the Ballantine's and Teacher's blends
  • Mortlach
    • − dark and fruity whisky that is becoming harder to find due to its inclusion in the popular Johnnie Walker black label
  • Speyburn
    • − a light, fresh and zesty whisky that is marketed as 'value for money' and one of the best sellers in America
  • Speyside
    • − a new distillery set up in ancient farm buildings that releases whisky under the names 'Speyside' and 'Drumguish'
  • Strathisla
    • − one of Scotland's oldest distilleries contributing to Chivas Regal blends
    Strathmill
    • − little known distillery that is the home of the J&B Rare blended whisky brand
  • Tamdhu
    • − large distillery with one of the largest malting facilities in Scotland. contributes to the Famous Grouse blends
  • Tamnavulin
    • − 1960s distillery recently re-opened by owners Whyte & Mackay
  • Tomatin
    • − independently owned large distillery whose single malt is popular in Japan and contributes to the Antiquary blend
  • Tomintoul
    • − the highest distillery above sea level in Speyside
  • Tormore
    • − large 1950s distillery with pioneering architecture designed by Sir Albert Richardson