Depending on who you’re speaking to, there can be up to six whisky making regions, each with their own unique flavour profiles.
These include Highland, Islay, Lowland, Campbeltown, Island and Speyside.
Located North West of Aberdeen, Speyside is technically part of the Scottish Highlands but due to its distinct flavour profile and huge production – which accounts for over 50% of all Scottish whiskies – Speyside claimed the right to its very own whisky region. And quite rightly so!
So what do whiskies from Speyside taste like?
Stereotypically less harsh than whiskies from other regions, Speyside whiskies are fruity, sweet and well balanced.
Matured in sherry, bourbon and rum casks, Speyside single malts typically include flavours such as fudge, honey and zesty apple as well as spice and dried fruit, depending on how the liquid is matured.
Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallan are the area’s three most famous whiskies. Here’s what you can expect should they find their way into your glass:
The world’s best-selling single malt whisky which accounts for 35% of all single malt whiskies sold. Caribbean rum casks, Spanish sherry butts and American bourbon barrels are all used during the maturation process. Malt, citrus and honey notes on the nose, light, floral and spicy on the palate.
The first legally distilled whisky in Scotland, Glenlivet often goes under the strapline ‘the single malt where it all started’. Glenlivet whiskies are creamy, fruity and can contain notes of almonds and apple.
Just behind Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is the world’s third-largest seller of single malt whisky and also boasts the Speyside regions smallest stills! Fudge, cream and apple are among the flavours present in Macallan whiskies.