Whisky Regions of Scotland
09 September 2018
Did you know that there are 5 whisky producing regions in Scotland? Each region producing whisky's which have similarities in taste or style. Here's our simple guide so you know what you could expect from each regions scotch!
Half of distilleries are found in Speyside with single malts being elegant, smooth and complex with a refined smokiness. Fruit tones range in Speyside whisky's range from ripe pears to sultanas.
Diverse and Unique - the biggest region geographically with the Highland malts producing multi-layered offerings heavier and drier with heather or peat notes to smooth and sweet whiskies. This large whisky region has something for every Scotch drinker. The Highland distilleries near the sea even have some salty tones!
This small coastal town at the tip of the Kintyre peninsula once the home of over 30 distilleries now has just three but still a distinct whisky region.
Single malts produced in Campbeltown arebig bodied, with briny character and peaty notes.
Islay, pronounced "eye-luh", is the greatest of whisky-producing islands. This 25 miles long island is covered in peat which is exposed to rain and sea spray giving Islay produced whiskies their smoky, peaty flavours with salty, seaweed notes.
The handful of Lowland distilleries still operating, produce lighter softer style whiskies, with malty, zesty flavours. Some whiskies from this region are distilled three times (in contrast to twice) making them the ideal introduction for a non-whisky drinker. Sometimes fruity and citrusy, light and soft floral it's no wonder these are traditionally known as the 'Lowland Ladies'.