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Monday 11 November 2019



We’re on the path to Christmas now so it’s a good time for buyers to revisit their whisky ranges. There has been a lot of noise about also some global options, including bourbon from the US. But will the popularity of these overshadow Scotch this festive season?

Research suggests this won’t be the case. A report by Edrington-Beam Suntory, which sources data from CGA and Nielsen, predicts single malt Scotch will be one of the growth sectors in whisky throughout this year and into the next decade. It predicts value sales will grow, making single malt a £408 million category by the end of this year, increasing to £439 million by 2022. These are contingent upon Brexit and UK-USA relations thereafter, specifically concerning the 25% import tariff levied by the Trump admin on Single Malt Whisky since this October.

Even so, The Whisky Yearbook states that while single malt Scotch and US whisky will see value growing ahead of volume, indicating premiumisation, blended Scotch whisky will experience a fall in both value and volume over the same period. This is being driven in part by more accessible whisky on offer attracting new drinkers to single malt and encouraging blended whisky drinkers to trade up.

The Diageo opinion is that Scotch has well and truly captured the hearts of consumers and they are becoming more and more interested in exploring the whisky category in depth. They feel that the versatility of Scotch means it can be enjoyed in many ways and in all seasons – whether savoured neat, on the rocks, or as the base of a cocktail.”

The brand launched its Make Your Own Rules campaign last year to challenge traditional myths surrounding Scotch. Suggestions for retailers on how to help communicate this to consumers include the idea of placing recipe cards alongside the spirit on shelf. In the Diageo portfolio is Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which the producer highlights as a must-stock for Christmas.

THE SIGNATURE RANGE: Over the past 12 months the company has seen good sales of Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh since being appointed distributor of these brands in August 2018. The core range from each of these distilleries has been selling well, with Glendronach 12 Year Old and the two 10-year- old (peated and unpeated) Benriach whiskies proving to be “hugely popular”.

Sherried whiskies sell well during the festive season while another trend to keep note of is a customer desire to understand provenance and the brand’s story. Scotch is not a sector that shies away from innovation and there have been a number of launches and expressions this year for retailers to consider stocking. Just last month the Glasgow Distillery launched its 1770 Glasgow Peated Release No1.

Other recent launches are designed to help new single malt drinkers navigate the category. William Grant’s Aerstone focuses on the impact of maturation and malting on flavour. It is available in two expressions: Sea Cask 10 Year Old and Land Cask 10 Year Old. The range showcases two different styles of whisky under the same brand and clear descriptions on each pack are aimed at helping consumers to understand their flavours.

Sea Cask, for example, is described as “smooth and easy”, and is a classic Speyside- style single malt, while Land Cask is a “rich and smoky” peated malt.

PAUL JOHN CHRISTMAS EDITION 2019: India, too, is looking forward to Christmas. For the second time Paul John presents a Christmas edition. It is a slightly smoky single malt, bottled at 46% vol and limited to 3000 worldwide. Orange blossom, baked apples, raisins, dried plums - the idea of how Christmas tastes is probably similar all over the world. The fruity and spicy aromas are not least the result of a finish in PX sherry casks; they are supplemented by a hint of smoke.

BIG PEAT CHRISTMAS EDITION 2019: One of the best known and most popular Christmas releases is the Big Peat Christmas Edition, which has been delighting friends of smoky whiskies since 2009. The annual cask strength variation of Douglas Laing's beloved Blended Malts is always a very special eye-catcher: Every year the beautiful designed box and label show the famous Big Peat man in a new winter scene. This year he rolls a cask out of the warehouse in a snowstorm. The Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 is batched from single malts from Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and other distilleries. The whisky was bottled uncoloured and without chill filtration at 53.7% ABV.

GLENFARCLAS CHRISTMAS EDITION 2019: The Glenfarclas Christmas Edition 2019 is a marriage of whisky matured in eight Oloroso sherry casks. It was bottled at 46% vol, limited to 3,000 bottles. The whisky was neither coloured nor chill-filtered. Not only the small picture of a snow-covered landscape and distillery on the label marks the seasonal theme, but also the tasting notes, honey, gingerbread, spices, fruit flavors, etc., somehow give us a Christmas feeling.

MAKER'S MARK HOLIDAY EDITION 2019: This special edition of Maker's Mark doesn’t show up as a "Christmas Edition" and is called "Holiday Edition" instead, but the snowflake decor undoubtedly gives a clear hint which holiday is meant. Maker's Mark Holiday Edition is not a new whisky, it’s the classic Red Seal with a special design.

KILCHOMAN SANAIG: The west coast of Islay, from Portnahaven to Sanaigmore, is regularly battered by strong Atlantic storms. These high winds and rough seas have carved into the coastline to dramatic effect, none more so than at the north-western tip where Kilchoman’s Sanaig release has gained its name.

It’s more than a decade now since Anthony Wills founded ‘Islay’s farm distillery’, and Kilchoman has built a loyal following for the linear purity of its peated whiskies, which are utterly delicious from an early age.

Originally released in France, Sanaig was given a wider release in 2016. Sanaig, true to its rugged site, balances Kilchoman’s trademark smoke – briny, supple in the mid-palate – with the rich dried fruit of Sherry casks and the sweet lift of Bourbon barrels. The high proportion of oloroso sherry casks create a unique balance of dried fruits, sweet citrus flavours, dark chocolate and rich peat smoke.

LAPHROAIG 10 YEARS OLD: Is it the ‘Marmite’ of single malt Scotch whisky? The story goes that Laphroaig was at one point the only Scotch available over-the-counter at pharmacies during US Prohibition because the authorities couldn’t believe that anyone would want to drink it. Forget the naysayers; if the smoky, peaty style is your thing then this whisky from Islay’s coast – with a certain medicinal quality and a hint of sea-salt from the waves crashing around the warehouse – is worth a go.


Brown-Forman's GlenDronach Distillery has launched a peated expression of its Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, called Traditionally Peated, a rare peated expression of the Highland Single Malt, which is best known for its unpeated sherry cask maturation style.

GlenDronach Traditionally Peated was created to honour the traditional method of drying malted barley over burning peat, as used by distillery founder James Allardice. This whisky uses spirit matured in Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso Sherry and Port casks.

A complex single malt, it presents its characteristic notes with the addition of coal-smoked barley. Bottled at 48% ABV, the whisky is non-chill filtered and has absorbed colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides. This expression is available worldwide in the off-premise channel, from specialist spirits retailers with an RRP of around GBP 50. 

The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated offers connoisseurs a rare opportunity to explore the distillery’s rich depths of sherry cask maturation, whilst paying homage to the robust peat-smoked earthy character of the early 19th century. This wonderful single malt presents notes of Highland toffee, dark honey and coal-smoked barley. Burnt orange and treacle glide over the palate, on a base of cloves and smoked bramble. Liquorice and dark fruits linger and intensify into the rich and earthy finish.


10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl/54.2%: As has become traditional, The Whisky Exchange has selected a special whisky for Christmas 2019 that you won’t find anywhere else. A 2696-bottle Limited Edition, delicate and refined 10-year-old single malt from Linkwood distillery, it has an underlying depth and complexity, with ripples of fruit and festive spice thanks to maturation in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Packed with sweetness and gentle spice, the unpeated Christmas Malt is a well-rounded and fruity Speyside whisky, an offering with wishes for a merry Christmas. 


In 1742 there were at least ten illicit stills at Lagavulin, and it would be another 74 years until local farmer John Johnston founded the first legal distillery, in sight of Dunyvaig Castle. Its name may have changed over the years, but the quiet power of peat and smoke that pervades this masculine malt has not.

The yearly Special Release of Lagavulin 12 Year Old is always a treat, and 2019 does not disappoint. This is a natural cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky with great depth of taste from the essential Islay Lagavulin. Widely diverse in nature yet direct in appeal, it’s both complex and rewarding and simply a delight to drink. With minerality bursting into fruit and layers of classic Islay smoke, it perfectly expresses the distillery character. Add to it that pinch of sea salt - and this year, a bird of prey on the label! 'Rare by Nature' indeed. And the perfect dram for Christmas…


Following the launch of its unpeated 1770 Single Malt Whisky last year, the Glasgow Distillery Company has now introduced its second whisky line: 1770 Peated. For the first time in almost a hundred years, a whisky distilled in Glasgow, The 1770, was on the market again. The 2014-born company had released 26, 27 and 28 YO Prometheus Single Malt Whisky editions as an independent bottler from casks bought from an unnamed distillery in Speyside.

1770 Peated was matured in first fill sherry casks before undergoing a finish in fresh oak casks. The whisky was distilled in the two pot stills Tara and Mhairi, which, together with Annie, formed the three- still Glasgow Distillery. Those three were joined recently by Margaret and Francis, raising the current production capacity to around 440,000 litres a year.

Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by Elixir Distillers 70cl / 57.3%

Made in 2005 at Tobermory distillery on the picturesque Hebridean Isle of Mull, this is a smoky and sweet 2005 Ledaig single malt. Its name comes from the original name for the area, Ledaig (Led-chig), from the Gaelic, meaning ‘safe haven’. Ledaig, unlike Tobermory, is distilled from heavily peated malted barley. This new make was distilled on 23rd October 2005 and matured in a single sherry butt, #900163, for 13 years, before being bottled by indie bottler Elixir Distillers. Aromas of rich bonfire smoke, pinecones, nutmeg, cinnamon and loose-leaf tea fill the nose. The palate offers notes of earthy peat, sweet tobacco, vanilla pods and cherry cough drops.

For the connoisseur…. 

Based in the Highlands, a Loch Lomond Distillery was first established in Arrochar in 1814, but closed three years later. The present business was established in 1964, with production beginning in 1965. While relatively young for a whisky distiller, it is already producing impressive aged malts. This 1992 Inchmoan peated single malt was distilled in 1992 and matured in bourbon barrels. 

This Inchmoan has been given 25 years to mature before being bottled at an approachable 48.6% strength. It’s heavily peated at 50 ppm and the majority of the spirit comes from the Inchmurrin stills on site at the distillery with the addition of some the Loch Lomond pot still distillate for complexity.

LAGAVULIN 2001 DISTILLERS EDITION SCOTCH: The smoothness is incredible, with a persistent honeyed sherry undertone (it’s finished in casks that previously held Pedro Ximenez, a white Spanish grape variety) and absolutely no burn. It’s a great all-rounder, and a brilliant blend of classic Islay peat smoke and raisin-like dark sweetness. It also tastes more expensive – smooth, silky and complex – than many of the pricier bottles around.

SMOKEHEAD SHERRY BOMB REGAL WHISKYAn insanely peaty, smokey Islay single malt matured in oloroso casks for an undisclosed amount of time, there is a good dose of sweet, sticky sherry, clove and dried fruit to be found if you can get past the BBQ-levels of smoke. A powerful sipping whisky that also easily holds its own in mixed drinks and cocktails.

GLEN MARNOCH ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY: This bottle is a prime example of an Islay single malt that does what it says on the tin: it’s extremely peaty and you really get the taste of the sea in there too with a salty sweetness and herbal seaweed notes. It’s smokey in a mellow way and easy to see how this has picked up a few awards over the years. It tastes at least three times the price it is.


HIGHLAND PARK TRISKELION : Highland Park introduced the new Triskelion NAS well in time for Christmas. A total of one hundred years of expertise in whisky making came together for the creation of the Triskelion, combining the expertise of the three Highland Park Master Whisky Makers Gordon Motion, Max McFarlane and John Ramsay. These three decided to keep the expression NAS.

Whisky from three different types of casks was batched for the Highland Park Triskelion; to a high amount these were first-fill casks: sherry seasoned Spanish oak, sherry seasoned American oak and bourbon barrels. A small number of refill casks has been added for a little higher degree of softness. The limited whisky was bottled at 45.1% ABV. The result is a complex and full-bodied expression of Highland Park – a vibrant union of tangy Seville oranges, sultanas and raisins, sweet apricots, heather honey, stomped coriander seeds, and aromatic peat smoke. As full of character as its three creators.

The name Triskelion refers to the symbolic representation of the horn Triskelion, a Celtic symbol showing three inter-locking horns. According to Celtic mythology, they contained the mead of poetry and gave the power of words, speech and wisdom to everyone who drank from this mead. Odin managed to ensnare the giantess Gunnlöò, the keeper of the horns, and not only to drink from them, but to empty them. A few drops fell down into our mortal world when Odin escaped in the guise of an eagle. They were the seed for poetic inspiration here on earth.

Nosing the Triskelion made me think of milk chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of spice. I tasted a whisky that slowly started to warm up as I swirled it around, offering a gently increasing, though still subtle burn in the front of my mouth. I can only describe it as delicately creamy, lightly smoked, with a hint of freshness at the end. Not as oily as I expected it to be, and a perfect combination in my opinion: smoke, cream, and fresh touch, beautifully brought together in one dram. Additional tasting revealed hints of grape juice, perhaps even figs? A hint of caramel? There's a lot going on! After I had finished my tasting session, I still had a lovely smoky impression in my mouth, the 'ghost of the dram', with a tinge of tobacco, right at the end.


Thursday 7 November 2019


Diageo’s Game of Thrones Range Complete


Hoping to cash in on its lucrative partnership with HBO once more, Diageo is rolling out a limited number of Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years, called Six Kingdoms, in select retailers and Amazon in time for Christmas.

The whisky, which was produced as part of Diageo’s ongoing partnership with HBO, pays tribute to the fate of the fictional nation of Westeros, whose long-held Seven Kingdoms ultimately became six at the end of the show’s climactic battle for the Iron Throne. The liquid itself has been matured in first-fill sherry-seasoned casks and finished in American Oak ex-bourbon casks.

It is the ninth, and final, whisky Diageo has made to tie into the hit TV series. The drinks giant launched a Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection at the start of 2019, featuring eight Scotch whiskies; seven paired with one of the Houses of Westeros, and one with the “Night’s Watch”, guarding the wall in the far north of the empire.

It also launched a limited edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker blend in 2018, before adding two more to the Johnnie Walker brand in August this year.

The Game of Thrones whiskies helped the company to boost its net sales this year to £12.9 billion.

This new whisky is called the Six Kingdoms, 46% ABV at $145-150 for a 75 cl bottle. In the UK, it is more expensive at GBP 130 for a 70 cl bottle. Six Kingdoms is inspired by the finale of the show and pays tribute to the fate of fictional continent Westeros, when the fictitious realm’s Seven Kingdoms became six after the North became independent under queen Sansa Stark.
The new whisky has been matured in first-fill Sherry-seasoned casks and finished in American oak ex-Bourbon casks. It is said to have a fruity character and a “bold, smooth taste with notes of vanilla and spice”.

The expression is recommended served neat, over ice or with a small amount of water, which “develops the fresh fruit characters”. At 46% ABV, I would suggest a teaspoonful of cool water to open it up fully.

Speyside distillery Mortlach, which was built on the site of a historic battle, is thought to be Dufftown’s first legal distillery. George Cowie took over ownership of the distillery in 1853.

According to Diageo, Cowie and his son Alexander were “integral influences” for both the distillery and community. Alexander developed Mortlach’s signature method of distilling the liquid 2.81 times – a process said to be as unique as the show’s Three-Eyed Raven character.

The whisky is presented in a metallic gold canister featuring a pen and ink drawing of the Three-Eyed Raven. The design pays homage to the independence of the north, granted by Bran Stark, who served as the Three-Eyed Raven. He was chosen as king of the Six Kingdoms in the finale, and could look beyond the boundaries of time and space in the GoT series.

“We saw an overwhelmingly positive response to the launch of the Game of Thrones Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection and as Game of Thrones fans continue to explore both the world of whisky and the world of Westeros, we are proud to introduce the final addition to the collection,” said Kavita Agarwal, Diageo global brand director, malts. “Mortlach is one of our most sought-after super-premium single malts, a relatively rare brand and seemed fitting as the perfect finale to complete the collection.”

The first part of Diageo and HBO's combo to produce eight bottles featuring the Game of Thrones story has been placed at this link.

Wednesday 6 November 2019



The practice of distilling whisky has been lovingly perfected throughout Scotland for centuries and began as a way of turning rain-soaked barley into a drinkable spirit, using the fresh water from Scotland's crystal-clear springs, streams and burns.

To this day, distilleries across the country continue the tradition of using pure spring water from the same sources that have been used for centuries.

From the source of the water and the shape of the still to the wood of the cask used to mature the spirit, there are many factors that make Scotch whisky so wonderfully different and varied from distillery to distillery.

No two are the same; each has its own proud heritage, unique setting and its own way of doing things that has evolved and been refined over time. Paying a visit to a distillery lets you discover more about the environment and the people who shape the taste of the Scotch whisky you enjoy. So, when you're sitting back and relaxing with a dram of our most famous export at the end of your distillery tour, you'll be appreciating the essence of Scotland as it swirls in your glass.

Home to the greatest concentration of distilleries in the world, Scotland is divided into five distinct whisky regions. These are Islay, Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Campbeltown.


With just three working distilleries, Campbeltown is Scotland's smallest whisky-producing region. While some argue this doesn't warrant it being designated a whisky region, its single malts boast unique characteristics that have a devoted following.

In its heyday, this small Kintyre harbour town was a prolific producer with more than 30 legal distilleries, earning it the moniker of 'whisky capital of the world' - later conferred on Dufftown in Speyside.

With ample pasture, peat bogs and coal mines, and many farms growing barley, Campbeltown distillers had all the resources they needed. It became a whisky boomtown in the 1800s, thanks largely to its bustling port.

It became a victim of its own popularity though: demand was so great that distilleries couldn't keep up and ultimately the quality fell. When rival Speyside was connected to the newly built railways in the north, allowing superior quality spirit to reach the market more quickly, Campbeltown fell into further decline.

Nowadays, the remaining distilleries produce whisky with unusual characteristics. Although local sources are depleted, peat from Tomintoul in the Highlands ensures the single malts retain their smoky palate. The sea mists from the Mull of Kintyre provide a maritime flavour.


01 Glen Scotia Distillery
02 Glengyle/Kilkerran Distillery
03 Springbank Distillery


With miles of farmland and neat woodlands, the Lowlands is one of the most charming and accessible whisky regions in Scotland. Encompassing Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife, it reaches from the Highland/Lowland divide down to the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway, and west to Ayrshire and Arran.

The mild climate and flat land make it ideal for growing barley, and it is famous for light, unpeated whiskies - the 'Lowland Ladies' - known for their sweet, grassy notes and gentle style.

Although many of the historic distilleries here declined in the 18th and 19th centuries due to growing demand for blended whisky, which favoured robust single malts, a few long-established single-malt distilleries remain open. Several have opened in recent years, and there are five high-volume grain distilleries, producing whiskies used in some of the most famous blends.

Take advantage of the Lowlands' great transport links to learn how new single malts are created at an artisan distillery, or visit a long-established distillery to discover more about historic production methods.

The A.D. Rattray Whisky Experience in Kirkoswald has a vast selection of malts and you can fill your own bottle straight from a cask. You could also learn about whisky-making on a 'barrel ride' at the Scotch Whisky Experience, on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, home of the world's largest whisky collection.


01 Ailsa Bay Distillery
02 Annandale Distillery
03 Auchentoshan Distillery
04 Bladnoch Distillery
05 Cameronbridge Distillery
06 Daftmill Distillery
07 Eden Mill Distillery
08 Girvan Distillery
09 Glenkinchie Distillery
10 Kingbarns Distillery
11 North British Distillery
12 Starlaw Distillery
13 Strathclyde Distillery


01 Aberargie Distillery
02 Clydeside Distillery
03 Glasgow Distillery Co.
04 Lindores Abbey Distillery


Islay, off Scotland's west coast, is just 25 miles long. Its rocky bays and sheltered inlets house eight active distilleries and has long been crowned Scotland's 'whisky land'.

Most of its original distilleries – some long since lost to history – started as farm distilleries, and retreated to secluded glens and caves when excise duty was introduced in the 17th century. In actual fact, the exciseman didn't dare set foot on Islay for over 150 years because of the islanders' fearsome reputation, but don't worry nowadays they are well-known for their warm hospitality.

According to legend, monks first brought the art of whisky distilling here from Ireland, which on a good day you can see from the south-west coast. They found Islay ideal for distilling whisky thanks to the abundance of peat, spring water and barley.

The peat distinguishes Islay's single malts from those of other regions. Burned in kilns to dry the malted barley, it has been formed over millions of years, rich in decaying mosses, heather and lichens and very different to mainland peat. Centuries of salty spray have penetrated the deep layers of peat and seeped into the warehouses of maturing casks. The resulting malts are pungent, powerful and characterful. Islay single malts are renowned for their smokiness with faint notes of sea air and seaweed.

Other nearby attractions in Islay:

Machrie Golf Links, RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve, Dunyvaig Castle, Cultoon Stone Circle, Persabus Pottery Ceramic Café, Bowmore, Port Ellen, Port Askaig, Port Charlotte.


01 Ardbeg Distillery
02 Bowmore Distillery
03 Kilchoman Distillery
04 Bunnahabhain Distillery
05 Caol Ila Distillery
06 Bruichladdich Distillery
07 Lagavulin Distillery
08 Laphroaig Distillery


01 Ardnahoe Distillery: First cask filled 09 Nov 2018, will come on line Nov 2021.


Stretching from Orkney in the north to the Isle of Arran in the south and Aberdeenshire to the Outer Hebrides east to west, the Highland region is the biggest geographical whisky area in Scotland.

As a result, its whiskies are not easy to categorise. Broadly speaking, they are robust, full-bodied single malts that also embrace individual characteristics depending on the distillery and location. Some are peaty or smoky, and some are powerful, but others, such as those produced at Dalwhinnie, are surprisingly delicate.

Running through the volcanic mountain rock of the Highlands, the water here is some of the purest in Scotland. 

If we contrast the compass points, distilleries in the northern Highlands generally produce whisky with full-bodied, sweet malts with cereal notes; in the south, whiskies tend to be lighter, fruity and dry. Single malts from Aberdeenshire in the east are full-bodied, dry and fruity compared with the western Highlands, which are peated with strong maritime influences.

The distilleries on the islands, although officially not recognised as a sub-region, differ again. Highland Park on Orkney, for instance, is different to most mainland Highland malts because the 4,000-year-old heathery peat used to dry its malted barley gives it a sweet smokiness. 


01 Aberfeldy Distillery
02 Abhainn Dearg Distillery
03 Arbikie Distillery
04 Ardmore Distillery
05 Ardnamurchan Distillery
06 Balblair Distillery
07 Ben Nevis Distillery
08 Blair Athol Distillery
09 Clynelish Distillery
10 Dalmore Distillery
11 Dalwhinnie Distillery
12 Deanston Distillery
13 Edradour Distillery
14 Fettercairn Distillery
15 Glencadam Distillery
16 GlenDronach Distillery
17 Glen Garioch Distillery
18 Glenglassaugh Distillery
19 Glengoyne Distillery
20 Glenmorangie Distillery
21 Glen Ord Distillery
22 Glenturret Distillery
23 Highland Park Distillery
24 Invergordon Distillery
25 Isle of Arran Lochranza Distillery
26 Isle of Harris Distillery
27 Isle of Jura Distillery
28 Loch Lomond Distillery
29 Macduff Distillery
30 Oban Distillery
31 Pulteney Distillery
32 Royal Brackla Distillery
33 Royal Lochnagar Distillery
34 Scapa Distillery
35 Strathearn Distillery
36 Talisker Distillery
37 Teaninich Distillery
38 Tobermory Distillery
39 Tomatin Distillery
40 Tullibardine Distillery
41 Wolfburn Distillery


01 Dornoch Distillery Co.
02 Isle of Raasay Distillery
03 Lagg Distillery
04 Ncn'ean Distillery
05 Torabhaig Distillery
06 Toulvaddie Distillery
07 Twin River Distillery


Speyside is home to some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery and lush landscapes, as well as roughly half of the country's distilleries. It is located in the magical Highlands, east of Inverness, and reaches from the glittering Moray coastline down towards the Cairngorms National Park.

The region takes its name from the River Spey, and most of its distilleries are in the beautiful surrounding glens.The rich supply of pure water and beautiful inland setting help to produce smooth and complex whiskies that provide an elegant contrast to the salty and heavily peated whiskies from other regions. Speyside whiskies are characterised by sweet and fruity notes, ranging from ripe pears to sultanas. Hints of nuts and malt are common, and some also possess a refined smokiness.

In Speyside you're never far from a distillery. From small-scale producers who handcraft whisky using traditional methods to some of the most famous distilleries in the world, it is the perfect place to learn about the art of whisky creation.


01 Aberlour Distillery
02 Allt-a-bhainne Distillery
03 Auchroisk Distillery
04 Aultmore Distillery
05 Ballindalloch Distillery
06 Balmenach Distillery
07 Balvenie Distillery
08 BenRiach Distillery
09 Benrinnes Distillery
10 Benromach Distillery
11 Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet) Distillery
12 Cardhu Distillery
13 Cragganmore Distillery
14 Craigellachie Distillery
15 Dailuaine Distillery
16 Dallas Dhu : Historic Distillery
17 Dalmunach Distillery
18 Dufftown Distillery
19 Glenallachie Distillery
20 Glenburgie Distillery
21 Glendullan Distillery
22 Glen Elgin Distillery
23 Glenfarclas Distillery
24 Glenfiddich Distillery
25 Glen Grant Distillery
26 Glen Keith Distillery
27 Glenlossie Distillery
28 The Glenlivet Distillery
29 Glen Moray Distillery
30 Glen Spey Distillery
31 Glentauchers Distillery
32 Glenrothes Distillery
33 Inchgower Distillery
34 Kininvie Distillery
35 Knockando Distillery
36 Knockdhu Distillery
37 Linkwood Distillery
38 Longmorn Distillery
39 Macallan Distillery
40 Mannochmore Distillery
41 Miltonduff Distillery
42 Mortlach Distillery
43 Roseisle Distillery
44 Speyburn Distillery
45 Speyside Distillery
46 Strathisla Distillery
47 Strathmill Distillery
48 Tamdhu Distillery
49 Tamnavulin Distillery
50 Tomintoul Distillery
51 Tormore Distillery


01 Inchdairnie Distillery: First output single malt due in 2022-23, for a Macduff blend.