Boasting almost half of all Scotland’s distilleries the Speyside whisky region is the jewel in the countries whisky making crown. Although located within the Highlands region Speysides place as the spiritual home of Scotch and its density of distilleries is such that it is formally recognised as a unique sub-region in a way the islands have not as of yet achieved. Located to the east of Inverness from the Moray coastline and down towards the cairngorms it takes its name from the River Spey from which a great many of the distilleries draw their water.
Home to some of the most iconic distilleries such as Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Macallan and Glenlivet and to newer additions such as Diagio’s Roseisle Distillery it’s almost impossible to summarise the whiskies of the Speyside region simply as they possess no singular style. In general Speyside whisky offers sweet, fruity notes of pears & coconut, vanilla, nuts and grainy malt and some whiskies are renowned for a refined smokiness.
The distilleries range in size from small craft distilleries to huge 24 hour factories supplying whisky for the worlds blend market and the Speyside cooperage and its visitor centre are an essential stop on any tour. Notable events include the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival which runs from 30 April – 4 May and the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival running from the 24th to the 28th of September. The famous Malt Whisky Trail is available year round.
The below represents the most complete list of distilleries available at the time of writing but if you hear of any new ones feel encouraged to drop me a message via my contact form!
|Benromach Distillery||Gordon & MacPhail||Active||0||0|
|Dallas Dhu Distillery||Diagio||Inactive||4||39|
|Glenburgie Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Miltonduff Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Glen Moray Distillery||La Martiniquaise||Active||4.5||59|
|Longmorn Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Benriach Distillery||BenRiach Distillery Company||Active||5||8|
|Glen Elgin Distillery||Diageo||Active||0||0|
|Strathisla Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||4.5||100|
|Glen Keith Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Glentauchers Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Glen Grant Distillery||Campari||Active||4.5||81|
|Glen Spey Distillery||Diageo||Active||0||0|
|Tamdhu Distillery||Ian MacLeod Distillers||Active||0||0|
|Glenrothes Distillery||Berry Brothers & Rudd||Active||0||0|
|Macallan Distillery||Edrington Group||Active||4.5||134|
|Kininvie Distillery||William Grant & Sons||Active||0||0|
|Glenfiddich Distillery||William Grant & Sons||Active||4.5||711|
|Balvenie Distillery||William Grant & Sons||Active||5||126|
|Aberlour Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||4.5||150|
|Glenallachie Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Glenfarclas Distillery||J. & G. Grant||Active||5||63|
|Tormore Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Allt-A-Bhainne Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Glenlivet Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||4.5||200|
|Tamnavulin Distillery||Whyte & Mackay||Active||0||0|
|Tomintoul Distillery||Angus Dundee Distiller||Active||0||0|
|Braeval Distillery||Pernod Ricard||Active||0||0|
|Speyside Distillery||Speyside Distillery Co. Ltd.||Active||5||58|