Today, I have been working on two new Speyside whisky tours scheduled for March. This has prompted me to focus my blog this evening on Speyside which is probably the single largest whisky production area in Scotland containing some 45 distilleries. The area is named after the River Spey which rises in the Monadhliath mountains south of Loch Ness and flows for about 100 miles before entering the Moray Firth (estuary or bay). Apart from supplying the whisky industry, the clean waters of the Spey are best known for salmon fishing.

Each year I visit Speyside maybe 5 or 6 times, usually on whisky themed tours. About half of the distilleries provide distillery tours which can range from the ‘standard’ 45 min group tour to specialised ‘Connoisseur’ Tours lasting up to 3 hours. Distilleries providing tours include: Strathisla, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, Aberlour, Macallan, Cardhu, Glenfarclas and Glenlivet. Whilst the underlying whisky making process is common to all distilleries, each as its own idiosyncrasies which generates the distinctive flavours of the malts.

Here is a stunning Speyside landscape.

Speyside Landscape

Speyside Landscape, Scotland

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