Scottish Clans

Scottish Clans

There are few countries with a more patriotic spirit than Scotland, but the regions within it are equally proud and distinct.

The whiskies that come from each region are, therefore, pungent in their individuality, telling their own stories of climate, history and style.

 

Scotland is split up into five whiskey-making regions: Islay, Highland, Speyside, Lowland, and Campbeltown. While the region can be displayed on the label of any Scotch whisky – so long as it was, in fact, wholly distilled there –they’re most commonly featured on malt whiskies. The role of the region is, in reality, a complicated and sometimes ambiguous one. In those regions with fewer distilleries, such as Islay, the region is more likely to speak to the style of the whisky. In others, the region can encompass a much broader array of styles and qualities.

 

Highland: There is not a clear style of the region and whiskies of very different characteristics are produced from the Highland distilleries. The light, citric style of a brand like Glenmorangie is one, while there are also peated-style whiskies and rich, heavier incarnations.

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Islay: The distinguishing characteristic of the region is peat, in the style of Ardbeg. However not all Islay malts embody this.

 

Speyside: There are two traditional styles of the region –a lighter style, and a richer and fruitier style.

 

Lowland: There are only three distilleries in the region and they produce a characteristically light style of malt whisky.

 

Campbeltown: Again, there are only three distilleries in the region, and they all produce a typically rich and heavy style of whisky.