Speyside single malt

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Whisky producing regions of Scotland

Speyside single malts are single malt Scotch whiskies, distilled in Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland.

The two best-selling single malt whiskies in the world, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, come from Speyside. Strathspey has the greatest number of distilleries of any of the whisky producing areas of Scotland.[1] Dufftown alone has six working distilleries with an annual capacity of 40.4m litres of spirit.[2]

The Speyside distilleries are mainly operated by leading international drinks groups including Diageo, LVMH and Pernod Ricard, by family-owned companies including J. & G. Grant and William Grant & Sons and by The Edrington Group (majority owned by a charitable trust).

Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is a tourism initiative featuring eight Speyside distilleries and the Speyside Cooperage.[3] Speyside hosts an annual whisky festival known as "Spirit of Speyside".[4]

Speyside whiskies can generally be classified as light and grassy (e.g. Glenlivet) or rich and sweet (e.g. Macallan).[citation needed]

Legal status[edit]

Speyside is a "protected region" for Scotch Whisky distilling under UK Government legislation.[5]

List of Speyside distilleries[edit]

Closed Speyside distilleries[edit]

Other brands[edit]

In addition to those single malts sold under the distilleries' names, brands associated with Speyside include Allt-á-Bhainne, Casg Annamh, Glen Turner, Lismore, McClelland's Single Malt, and Tlàth.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Barnard, Alfred (2008) [1887]. The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom. Edinburgh: Birlinn. ISBN 978-1-84158-652-6.

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