The “Wheres” of Scottish Whisky


When it comes to whisky, Scotland stands as an undisputed titan, a land where craftsmanship and nature combine to create liquid gold. Scottish whisky, or Scotch, is renowned worldwide for its rich variety and distinct regional characters. From the misty isles to the rugged highlands, each whisky-making region of Scotland brings something unique to the table.


Nestled in the north east of Scotland, Speyside is a veritable heartland of Scotch whisky. This region boasts the highest concentration of distilleries, and accounts for over half of Scotland's whisky production!

Speyside whiskies are typically known for their elegant, fruity, and often sweet profiles. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla, and malt are common flavour notes. They are refined but approachable, perfect for the budding whisky enthusiast!

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GlenAllachie One of Scotland’s few independently owned and managed distilleries, The GlenAllachie is led by industry veteran, Billy Walker, who boasts an astonishing 50-year tenure in whisky. Nestled at the foot of Ben Rinnes, the distillery lies at the heart of the Speyside, with a focus upon quality over quantity.

Tamdhu With whisky matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks from beginning to end, Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside makes nothing but phenomenal malts. Since 1897, their meticulous approach and a team of people passionate about every single drop they produce have resulted in some of the finest single malt scotch whiskies available.


The Highlands is the largest whisky-producing region, geographically. It encompasses a vast and diverse landscape, which is reflected in the whisky, with a wide range of flavours and styles.

Highland whiskies are robust and full-bodied, often with a slightly peaty or smoky character, and expressions that can range from sweet and rich to spicy and complex. The coastal Highland distilleries often imbue their whiskies with a maritime influence, adding a unique salty tang.

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The Hearach Already known for its gin, the Isle of Harris Distillery has now produced the first legal single malt ever produced on the Isle of Harris, The Hearach. 'Hearach’ is the Scots Gaelic name for a native of the Isle of Harris.

Tomatin At Tomatin, soft water from the Alt-na-Frith burn is introduced to tender Scottish barley. This is followed by a long fermentation and slow distillation in tall, slim copper pot stills to create a mellow, fruity spirit. As one of the last distilleries in Scotland to have its own in-house cooperage, Tomatin is able to source a selection of the finest quality casks from around the world and create one of the most diverse single malt ranges on the market.


South of the Highland line lies the Lowlands, a region known for its gentle and light whiskies. Lowland whiskies are typically triple-distilled, contributing to their smooth, approachable taste.

Lowland whiskies often have a delicate and floral profile, with notes of grass, ginger, toffee, and cinnamon.

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Lochlea Lochlea is an independently owned distillery under the management of ex-Laphroaig Distillery Manager John Campbell. Having built up one of the top ten Scotch brands in the world over the past 27 years, John brings a wealth of knowledge and a burning ambition to help Lochlea fulfil its potential.

Lindores Abbey Lindores Abbey Distillery can be found in the Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky in Fife. Distilling was taking place on this site at least as early as 1494, although it was most probably happening long before that. Thought to have helped to ‘sloeth age’ and ‘abandoneth melancholy’, it was a powerful tonic that was drunk by kings and commoners alike.


For those who crave bold, distinctive flavours, Islay whiskies are the perfect choice. Islay whiskies are celebrated for their rich, smoky drams that are certainly not for the faint-hearted!

This small island off Scotland's west coast is famous for its heavily peated malts, which offer intense smoky, medicinal, and maritime notes.

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Adelphi Selection: Bunnahabhain Adelphi is Scotland's most acclaimed bottler of rare single cask and limited edition single malt whisky, fusion whisky and spirits.Bunnahabhain 1998 is a very limited edition 23 year old whisky within the Adelphi Limited series. 


Kilchoman Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder, set out to resurrect the grassroots tradition of farm distilling. Their 100% Islay range represents the revival of those traditions, standing alone as Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt Scotch Whisky.



Once a bustling whisky-producing region, Campbeltown now hosts only a few distilleries, but its contributions remain significant. The continually increasing popularity of the Campbeltown Whisky Festival is testament to its significance.

Campbeltown whiskies are often described as complex, with a distinctive maritime influence, combined with flavours of brine, smoke, vanilla, and toffee.

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Glen Scotia Glen Scotia is one of the smallest Scotch whisky distilleries in Scotland but one of the big names of Campbeltown. Their lovely distillery still maintains much of its original design, including the mashtun, the stillroom and the dunnage warehouse dating from the 1830s. The last century saw turbulent times for the whisky distillers of Campbeltown, yet the Glen Scotia legacy endures.

Springbank Springbank Distillery is the oldest independent, family-owned distillery in Scotland, legally distilling since 1828. Three malt whiskies are produced at Springbank distillery, each with its own character. Springbank, which is 80% of production, is lightly peated and distilled two and a half times. Longrow is more heavily peated and distilled two times. Hazelburn is unpeated and distilled three times.


Although not officially recognized as a separate whisky region, Scotland’s Islands, including Skye, Orkney, Jura, and Arran, produce distinctive whiskies worthy of note.

Island whiskies are usually included under the umbrella of the Highland Region and share some elements with those malts, offering a balance of sweetness, peat, and maritime flavours.

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Raasay Co-founders Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day formed R&B Distillers with the common goal of building Scotland’s leading artisanal distiller. Focusing on local production, provenance, quality and doing things differently. They set about designing a distillery to create exceptional whisky that develops elegance, complexity, and depth early on in the maturation process.

Isle of Arran The Isle of Arran's first distillery was built in the foothills of the village of Lochranza in 1994 and the first spirit ran from the stills on 29th June 1995 bringing legal distillation back to Arran after more than 150 years. Isle of Arran Distillers remains the only whisky producer on the island and they are the proud owners of two stunning Single Malt distilleries, Lochranza in the north and Lagg Distillery in the south which opened in June 2019 and is home to the future heavily-peated Lagg Single Malt.

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Scotland's whisky regions each bring their unique touch to the world of Scotch, from the fruity elegance of Speyside to the smoky intensity of Islay. So, next time you pour a dram, take a moment to appreciate the journey it has taken from the heart of Scotland to your glass. Slàinte mhath!


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