Hop For Scotch: 5 Regions Famous For Its Whiskies
You may like it on the rocks, with a dash of soda or mixed with water, Scotch is a one-of-kind liquor. Produced in Scotland, it can differ in taste, smell and even appearance depending on which region it’s come from. Have a look at the five main Scotch areas:
It is the largest area in terms of whisky production. Distilleries here provide for 25% of whisky produced in Scotland.
Taste profile: Malt, peat, oak, dried fruits, fruity and smoky flavours
Famous distilleries: Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Oban
Speyside is the heart of Scotch whisky production with a high density of distilleries in the region. It is situated in north-east Scotland, neighbouring Highlands. It receives its name from the River Spey that flows through the region. It is known for its sweet and flavourful single malts.
Taste profile: Apple tart, vanilla, sweet spices, dried fruits, oak
Famous distilleries: Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Dalwhinnie, Glen Grant, The Macallan
It is the second biggest whisky-producing region in terms of area. It is located in southern Scotland and meets the border of Highlands. Light style whiskies are found here.
Taste profile: Cut grass, honey, toffee, cinnamon sticks
Famous distilleries: Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie, Bladnoch
Once densely populated by distilleries, Campbeltown is now home to only three distilleries.
It is at the foot of Mull of Kintyre. The region is known for dry and smoky whisky style.
Taste profile: Smoke, dried fruits, toffee, grassy
Famous Distilleries: Glen Scotia, Glengyle, Springbank
It is a small region and is famous for strong smoky and peaty style single malts.
Taste profile: smoke, apple, seaweed, raisins, woody
Famous distilleries: Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore
The area is surrounding the mainland of Scotland. Different styles of whiskies are found here. The commonality between the different styles are the peat and salinity (due to the vicinity of the sea)
Taste profile: Peat, honey, smoke, pepper seeds
Famous distilleries: Talisker, Highland Park