What is Speyside?

Speyside is a "protected locality" for scotch whisky distilling as officially recognised in UK Government Legislation.

Where is Speyside? 

Speyside is in the North-East of Scotland.  The region centres around the river Spey and includes the area between the Highlands to the west, Aberdeenshire in the east and extending north to the Cairngorms National Park.

Is Speyside in the Highlands?

Speyside used to be classified as a sub-region of the Highlands region. However, in recognition of the significant number of distilleries operating in Speyside, the region was recognised in its own right and is now a commonly-identified whisky producing region of Scotland.

What distilleries are in Speyside?

With 49 active distilleries in Speyside, the region has more distilleries than any other region in Scotland. Two of the major global brands (by sales volumes) Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are both in Speyside.  The full list includes:

  1. Aberlour
  2. Allt-A-Bhainne
  3. Auchroisk
  4. Aultmore
  5. Balmenach
  6. Balvenie
  7. BenRiach
  8. Benrinnes
  9. Benromach
  10. Braeval
  11. Cardhu
  12. Cragganmore
  13. Craigellachie
  14. Dailuaine
  15. Dalmunach
  16. Dalwhinnie
  17. Dufftown
  18. Glenallachie
  19. Glenburgie
  20. Glendullan
  21. Glen Elgin
  22. Glenfarclas
  23. Glenfiddich
  24. Glen Grant
  25. Glen Keith
  26. Glenlivet
  27. Glenlossie
  28. Glen Moray
  29. Glenrothes
  30. Glen Spey
  31. Glentauchers
  32. Inchgower
  33. Kininvie
  34. Knockando
  35. Linkwood
  36. Longmorn
  37. Macallan
  38. Mannochmore
  39. Miltonduff
  40. Mortlach
  41. Roseisle
  42. Speyburn
  43. Speyside
  44. Strathisla
  45. Strathmill
  46. Tamdhu
  47. Tamnavulin
  48. Tomintoul
  49. Tormore

What does Speyside scotch taste like?

Speside scotches tend to be sweeter and fuller, with the taste of caramel and nuts or even floral and citrusy notes.  These flavours are representative of sherry cask maturation, a common technique in Speyside and one exemplified by certain Speyside distilleries like Glenfarlcas.  Whiskies from this region are often absent the peaty, smokey, flavour of regions like Islay, although there are exceptions to this general rule.

Our single cask Speyside whisky

We love working with a number of Speyside distilleries, and have some great Speyside whiskies; you can find the bottles we currently have available to buy here.