Scotland : Sacred earth of whiskies

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We all know that Scotland is The place for whiskies.

But from which region of Scotland come this bottle you’re handling ? Highlands ? Lowlands ? … What’s the differences between those regions and how do those differences are impacting the taste of your malt ?

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THE LOWLANDS 

These are the most accessible whiskies, both in terms of palate and geography, but sadly they are few in number. Only two Lowlanders are in constant production : Auchentoshan and Dalmuir. In Lowland tradition, the whisky is light in both flavour and body, but surprisingly complex and herbal. Lowland style can be very attractive, especially to people who find the Highlanders and Islanders too robust.

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THE HIGHLANDS

The Highlands region can be separated in 4 counties :

  • The Eastern Highlands : Some of the most famous distilleries in this county are the “Aberfeldy” and the “Dewar’s” . Any of them are on or near the main road north to Speyside . For geological reasons, most of Eastern Highlands whiskies have notably fresh and fruity tastes. Farther north, in barley-growing Aberdeenshire, some Heftier whiskies emerge from handsome distilleries such as Royal Lochnagar, Glen Garioch, and Glendronach.
  • Speyside : is not precisely defined, but it embraces between a half and two-third of Scotland’s distilleries, including the most widely recognized whisky names. The Speyside is crossed by a river called ” the River Spey” and it’s lined with most of the distilleries such as : Deveron : with Glendronach and Macduff  . Isla : with Strathisla (Chivas Brother). Fiddich and Dullan : with Mortlach .Livet : with Tomintoul . Spey : with Maccalan, Aberlour and Glenfarclas .Rothes Burn : with Glen Grant . Lossie : with Benromach and Gordon and at last , Findhorn : with Dalles Dhu .
  • The Northern Highlands : is geographically a clear-cut region, which runs from Inverness, straight up the last stretch of east coast. There are four or five distilleries in short order like : Glenmorangie and the amazing Dalmore, but also Old Pulteney. Its whiskies tend toward firm,crisp dryness and a light saltiness.
  • Western Highlands : The far northwest  is just too rugged and rocky. On the foothills of Scotland’s highest mountains, Ben Nevis, the eponymous distillery can be regarded as being coastal because it is on a sea loch and has the flavours to prove it. The other mainland distilleries are Loch Lomond and Glengoyne.

THE ISLANDS 

The greatest whisky island by far is Islay, with its eight distilleries – The newest being Kilchoman.

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