20+ Popular Speyside Distilleries

A Speyside distilleries whisky is also classed as a subdivision of the Highland region, so the true regional taste is open for debate; it can be a spirit, whisky or alcoholic liquor’s that’s made in the Strathspey area; “strath” meaning “near”.

For a whisky to be classed as a Speyside, it needs to be created near the river Spey.

According to Wikipedia, Speyside single malts are single malt Scotch whiskies, distilled in Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland.

The two best-selling single malt whiskies in the world, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, come from Speyside.

Strathspey has the greatest number of distilleries of any of the whisky-producing areas of Scotland.

Dufftown alone has six working distilleries with an annual capacity of 40.4 million litres of spirit.

In these article we will be reviewing the best list of Speyside distilleries that is open to public to visit.

List Of Best Speyside Distilleries To Visit

Speyside distilleries
Best List Of Speyside Distilleries

• Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky produced by William Grant & Sons in the Scottish burgh of Dufftown in Moray.

Glenfiddich means “valley of the deer” in Scottish Gaelic, which is reflected in Glenfiddich’s stag logo, and as of 2017, Glenfiddich is the world’s best-selling single-malt whisky.

• Glenlivet Distillery

The Glenlivet distillery is a distillery near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland that produces single malt Scotch whisky.

It is the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, and the production place of the Scottish whisky of the same name.

It was founded in 1824 and has operated almost continuously since. The distillery remained open throughout the Great Depression and its only closure came during World War II.

The Glenlivet distillery has grown in the post-war period to become one of the biggest single malt distilleries.

The Glenlivet brand is the biggest selling single malt whisky in the United States and the second biggest selling single malt brand globally.

Today, the distillery is owned by the French alcoholic beverages company Pernod Ricard, which also oversees the distillery’s production of 5,900,000 proof litres per annum.

The majority of this – enough for 6 million bottles – is sold as The Glenlivet single malt, with the remainder being used in Pernod Ricard’s blended whisky brands.

• Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Moray distillery is a Speyside distillery producing single malt scotch whisky. Situated on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin, Moray the distillery started production in September 1897.

It was sold in 2008 by the Glenmorangie Company Ltd. to La Martiniquaise.

• Laphroaig Distillery

Laphroaig distillery is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery. It is named after the area of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of the island of Islay.

The distillery and brand are owned and operated by Beam Suntory, the American subsidiary of Japan’s Suntory Holdings.

• Cardhu Distillery

Cardhu is a Speyside distillery near Archiestown, Moray, Scotland, founded in 1824 by whisky smuggler John Cumming and his wife Helen.

The distillery is now run by Diageo and the distillery’s Scotch whisky makes up an important part of the Johnnie Walker blended whiskies.

The word “Cardhu” derives from the Scots Gaelic Carn Dubh, meaning “Black Rock.

• Aberlour Distillery

Aberlour is a distillery of Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, in Aberlour, Strathspey, Scotland, at the confluence of the Lour Burn and River Spey near Ben Rinnes.

• Macallan Distillery

The Macallan distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Craigellachie, Moray, Scotland.

The Macallan Distillers Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Edrington Group, which purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 1999.

The Macallan is generally considered to be the second or third highest-selling single-malt scotch, next to Glenfiddich and, by some accounts, Glenlivet.

Originally, The Macallan was matured only in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones.

• Strathisla Distillery

Strathisla distillery is the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

• Benromach Distillery

Benromach is a Speyside distillery founded by Duncan McCallum and F.W. Brickman in 1898 and currently owned and run by Gordon and Macphail of Elgin.

It is situated near Forres in Morayshire and is fed with spring water from the Chapelton Springs in the Romach Hills beside Forres.

• Glen Grant Distillery

Glen Grant is a distillery founded in 1840 in Rothes, Speyside, that produces single malt Scotch whisky.

Previously owned by Chivas Brothers Ltd, best known for their Chivas Regal blended scotch whisky, Glen Grant was purchased by the Italian company Campari Group in December 2005.

It is the biggest selling single malt Scotch whisky in Italy.

• Glenfarclas Distillery

Glenfarclas distillery is a Speyside whisky distillery in Ballindalloch, Scotland. Glenfarclas translates as meaning valley of the green grass.

The distillery is owned and run by the Grant family. The distillery has six stills which are the largest on Speyside and are heated directly by gas burners.

The distillery has a production capacity of around 4 million litres of spirit per year. Normally four stills are used for production with two kept in reserve.

The distillery has approximately 68,000 casks maturing on site, in traditional dunnage warehouses, with stock from every year from 1953 to the current year.

Glenfarclas produce a traditional Highland malt with a heavy sherry influence.

• Cragganmore Distillery

Cragganmore is a Scotch whisky distillery situated in the village of Ballindalloch in Banffshire, Scotland.

The distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith on land leased from Sir George Macpherson-Grant.

• Lagavulin Distillery

Lagavulin distillery is a malt whisky distillery in the village of Lagavulin on the south of the island of Islay, Scotland.

It distills spirit that is destined to become Islay single malt Scotch whisky.

Lagavulin is owned by Diageo, a multinational beverage alcohol company headquartered in London.

It was previously marketed under the Classic Malts range of single malts, which is now defunct.

• Dalwhinnie Distillery

Dalwhinnie distillery, situated in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie in Scotland, produces single malt Scotch whisky.

Dalwhinnie refers to its own whisky as a Highland Whisky, as the Speyside region is wholly within the Highlands and so Speyside distilleries can be legally labelled as either Highland or Speyside under SWA regulations.

A number of other Speyside distilleries also label their whisky Highland such as Macallan, Glenfarclas and Aberlour (who actually reference both Highland and Speyside on the packaging).

• Talisker Distillery

Talisker distillery is an island single malt Scotch whisky distillery based in Carbost, Scotland on the Minginish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

The distillery is operated by Diageo, and Talisker’s 10 year old whisky has been nominated as part of their Classic Malts series. The brand is considered a premium Single Malt Whisky.

• BenRiach Distillery

The BenRiach distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the Speyside area of Scotland. It is currently owned by Brown-Forman Corporation.

• Highland Park Distillery

Highland Park distillery is the northernmost single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Scotland, located in Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands.

• Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore is a distillery that produces Scotch whisky on the Isle of Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides.

The distillery, which lies on the South Eastern shore of Loch Indaal, is one of the oldest in Scotland and is said to have been established in 1779.

The distillery is owned by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd, a holding company owned by Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Japanese multinational drinks conglomerate Suntory.

Morrison Bowmore also own the Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch distilleries and produce the McClelland’s Single Malt range of bottlings.

• GlenAllachie Distillery

The GlenAllachie Distillery is a malt whisky distillery on Speyside at Aberlour founded in 1967, which sits at the foot of Ben Rinnes.

Previously, the distillery mainly produced whisky for blends however has since been relaunched as a distillery known for its fruity, single malt expressions.

• Bruichladdich Distillery

Bruichladdich Distillery is a distillery on the Rhinns of the isle of Islay in Scotland. The distillery produces mainly single malt Scotch whisky, but has also offered artisanal gin.

It is owned by Rémy Cointreau and is one of nine working distilleries on the island.

• Glendronach Distillery

Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in the Highland whisky district.

It was owned by the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd.

The distillery draws its water from the Dronac burn within the distillery grounds. It has its own floor maltings and two wash stills in addition to two spirit stills.

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