Historically, Scotland was divided in only two regions: the Lowlands and the Highlands, the latter covering Speyside. Add Islay and the Islands and you get to Scotland's grand total of five distilling regions.
Speyside took its name from the river Spey and it is bordered by the rivers Findhorn to the west and Deveron to the east. Some people like to break the Speyside region down even further into 8 smaller regions, but as we prefer to focus on the dram than the geography, let’s just leave it at that!
The list of world famous Scotch brands produced in Speyside is impressive and includes Aberlour, Balvenie, Benriach, Benromach, Glenfarclas, Glenrothes, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Macallan, Strathmill, Tormore and many others. We've built this great interactive map of Scottish distilleries (with descriptions!) that you can use to explore them.
Whatever the analysis, one thing is for sure: you can’t call yourself a Scotch drinker until you’ve made the trip to Speyside.
When in Scotland, you can treat yourself to Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail through seven Speyside distilleries, or even go to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival. Uncle Flaviar bets his Riedel glassware that you don’t yet have your spring vacation planned...