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!
 

Distillery Owner Status Rating Review
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
Roseisle Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Linkwood Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Glen Moray Distillery La Martiniquaise Active 4.5 59
Longmorn Distillery Pernod Ricard Active 0 0
Glenlossie Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Benriach Distillery BenRiach Distillery Company Active 5 8
Glen Elgin Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Mannochmore Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Speyburn Distillery ThaiBev Active 0 0
Auchroisk Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Inchgower Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Aultmore Distillery Bacardi Active 0 0
Strathisla Distillery Pernod Ricard Active 4.5 100
Knockdhu Distillery ThaiBev Active 5 2
Strathmill Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
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
Dufftown Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Craigellachie Distillery Bacardi Active 0 0
Macallan Distillery Edrington Group Active 4.5 134
Cardhu Distillery Diageo Active 4.5 58
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
Dailuaine Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Knockando Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Ballindalloch Distillery Macpherson-Grant Active 0 0
Glenallachie Distillery Pernod Ricard Active 0 0
Glendullan Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Mortlach Distillery Diageo Active 0 0
Glenfarclas Distillery J. & G. Grant Active 5 63
Cragganmore Distillery Diageo Active 4.5 25
Tormore Distillery Pernod Ricard Active 0 0
Allt-A-Bhainne Distillery Pernod Ricard Active 0 0
Benrinnes Distillery Bacardi Active 0 0
Glenlivet Distillery Pernod Ricard Active 4.5 200
Balmenach Distillery ThaiBev Active 0 0
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
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