Frequently asked questions about Speyside whisky

What is Speyside whisky?

Speyside whisky is a type of single malt Scotch whisky that is produced in the Speyside region of Scotland. The region is known for its smooth and complex whiskies, which are made using water from the River Spey and barley grown in the surrounding area.

What distilleries are in Speyside?

Here's a table of nearly 50 distilleries in Speyside. Some of them are active and still producing whisky. Some of them are currently inactive, or "silent".

Distillery Status Year Founded
Aberfeldy Active 1896
Aberlour Active 1879
Aultmore Active 1896
Allt-a-Bhainne Inactive 1975
Balvenie Active 1892
BenRiach Active 1898
Benrinnes Active 1826
Benromach Active 1898
Blair Athol Active 1798
Cardhu Active 1824
Craigellachie Active 1891
Caperdonich Inactive 1967
Cragganmore Active 1869
Dallas Dhu Inactive 1899
Dufftown Active 1895
Glenallachie Active 1967
Glenburgie Active 1810
Glenfiddich Active 1886
Glenglassaugh Active 1875
Glen Grant Active 1840
Glen Keith Active 1957
Glenlivet Active 1824
Glenlossie Active 1876
Glen Moray Active 1897
Glenrothes Active 1878
Glen Spey Active 1890
Glen Grant Active 1840
Imperial Inactive 1898
Inchgower Active 1871
Kininvie Active 1990
Knockando Active 1898
Linkwood Active 1821
Longmorn Active 1893
Macallan Active 1824
Mannochmore Active 1971
Miltonduff Active 1824
Mortlach Active 1823
Mosstowie Inactive 1965
Pittyvaich Inactive 1975
Royal Lochnagar Active 1845
Strathisla Active 1786
Strathmill Active 1891
Tamdhu Active 1897
Tamnavulin Active 1966
Teaninich Active 1817
Tomatin Active 1897
Tomintoul Active 1964
Tormore Active 1958
Tullibardine Active 1949

What makes Speyside whisky unique?

Speyside whisky is known for its smooth and complex flavour profile, with notes of fruit, honey, and caramel commonly found in many of the whiskies produced in the region. The flavour of Speyside whisky is influenced by the type of grains used, the production process, the type of barrels used for ageing, and the length of ageing.

How is Speyside whisky made?

Speyside whisky is made using a traditional production process that involves several steps. The process begins with the malting of barley, which involves soaking the grain in water and then allowing it to germinate. The germinated grain is then dried using heat, which helps to release the sugars that will be used to produce alcohol during fermentation. The dried grain is then ground into a fine powder called "grist," which is mixed with water to create a "mash." The mash is then fermented using yeast to produce a liquid called "wash." The wash is then distilled in a still to separate the alcohol from the water, and the resulting spirit is aged in oak barrels to give it flavour and character.

What is the flavour profile of Speyside whisky?

Speyside whisky is known for its smooth and complex flavours, with notes of fruit, honey, and caramel commonly found in many of the whiskies produced in the region. However, the flavour profile of a particular Speyside whisky can vary widely depending on the specific recipe and production methods used by the distillery.

How is Speyside whisky aged?

Speyside whisky is aged in oak barrels, which can contribute to the flavour and character of the whisky. The type of oak and the previous use of the barrels can also impact the flavour of the whisky. The length of ageing can also affect the flavour of the whisky, with longer ageing typically resulting in a smoother and more complex flavour.