|Scotch Whisky Regions|
Scotch flavors are influenced greatly by region. Click on a region for more information about its unique style.
The Highlands is by far the largest region in Scotland both in area and in whisky production. Given the expansive area, there is a reasonably wide range of styles from this region from the light and fruity styles of the Southern Highlands to the more Spicy and Full Bodied styles of the North.
Scotch from the Islands is typically a transitional style that bridges the wide gap between Highland Scotches and Islay Scotches.
Speyside gets its name from the River Spey, which cuts through this region and provides water to many of the distilleries. Despite its relatively small area, Speyside is home to more than half of the operating distilleries in Scotland. Speyside Scotch is considered to be the most complex and offers sweet aromas and rich flavor profiles.
Only three distilleries continue to operate in this southernmost area in Scotland: Auchentoshan, Blandoch, and Glenkinchie. The whiskey’s produced in this area are considered the most light bodied of all Single Malt Scotches.
There are only three remaining distilleries that are active in this region- Glengyle, Glen Scotia, and Springbank. Scotches from this region have a heavy sea influence and one can detect the salt and brine as well as the peat that’s used in the whisky production here.
This region is known for its peaty and strong flavored whisky. The single malts produced here are briny and smoky and extreme due to extremities of the sea that surround the area.
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> ISLAND(view all Island whisky)The Arran DistilleryHighland ParkIsle of JuraScapaTaliskerTobermory Distillery
> ISLAY(view all Islay whisky)Ardbeg DistilleryBowmoreBruichladdichBunnahabhainCaol IlaKilchoman DistilleryLagavullinLaphroaig