Speyside is universally acknowledged as the heartland of Malt Whisky production. The pure waters flowing off the high hills and into the Spey river system are ideal for whisky making. It rises from granite, generating a clean softness: it then flows over peat a picks up it’s character. Speyside malts are noted for their elegance and complexity with a refined smokiness. It comes as no surprise that Speyside has no fewer than half of Scotland’s malt distilleries.
A wee dram
Speyside is the home of the Malt Whisky Trail which takes the visitor around six working distilleries (Strathisla, Glen Grant, Cardhu, Glenfiddich , The Glenlivet and Glenfarclas ), one preserved distillery (Dallas Dhu) and the Speyside cooperage where traditional barrel making skills are demonstrated.
There are many other notable malt whisky distilleries in the area – each has it’s own distinctive character. Everyone has their own favourite. Try the big sherryish Macallan, the honeyish Balvenie, the silky Cragganmore or the peaty Dalwhinnie from high up in the mountains.