There are six Scotch Whisky regions. Each offers a different perspective on Scotch Whisky.
Speyside—The most densely populated Whisky region in the world, famous for fertile glens and, of course, the River Spey. Speyside whiskies are known for being frugal with peat and full of fruit. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part a role in expressions from this region, which are commonly matured in Sherry casks. Popular brands: Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Singleton, Balvenie, Cardhu, Glenrothes, Aberlour, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Dalwhinnie, Mortlach, Cragganmore, Glen Grant, Glan Elgin, Glenfarclas, Glen Moray, Aerstone.
Highland—This region, which also takes in the islands, has a huge diversity of flavours and characters. From lighter whiskies all the way through salty coastal malts, the Highlands offers a Scotch for all palates. Popular brands: Aberfeldy, Ardmore, Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Oban, Glengoyne, Royal Brackla, Royal Lochnagar, Clynelish, Glen Ord, Glen Garioch, Glenturret.
Islay—Islay (pronounced ‘eye-luh’) is a magical island where the majority of its population are involved in whisky production. Famous for fiery, heavily peated whiskies. Popular brands: Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte , Caol Ila, Bowmore.
Island—produced on the islands around the perimeter of the Scottish mainland. . There are so many different characters to be found; crisp and smoky with full-bodied aroma and powerful yet complex depth of flavour. Robust peat with a hint of coal tar. Popular brands: Highland Park, Talisker.
Lowland—Soft and smooth malts are characteristic of this region, offering a gentle, elegant palate reminiscent of grass, honeysuckle, cream, ginger, toffee, toast and cinnamon. The whiskies are often lighter in character and perfect for pre-dinner drinks. Popular brands: Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie.
Campbeltown—These whiskies are varied and full of flavour. Hints of salt, smoke, fruit, vanilla and toffee mingle in whiskies of robust and rich character.