Scotch Whisky, sometimes known as ‘Uisge Beatha’ or ‘Aqua Vitae’ (The Water of Life).
There are four main regions in Scotland which set out the character of probably the most famous drink in the world, namely Scotch Whisky, with each as diverse as the wine regions of France.
Each region has its own qualities and characteristics, for example, the whisky produced in the Highlands is regarded as ‘Smooth and Floral’, the whisky from the Lowlands is said to be ‘Light and Fresh’, the whisky from Speyside is described as ‘Fruity and Delicate’ whilst whisky from the Islands is ‘Peaty and Maritime’.
However, with over 100 distilleries to visit and well over 2,000 varieties to sample, you’ll be spoiled for choice trying to select your favourite. We will be happy to plan your trip depending on which part of Scotland you wish to visit but to give you a quick overview, just over 20 miles from Edinburgh, we have Glenkinchie, home of the ‘Edinburgh Malt’. Those visiting Glasgow often stop off at either Auchentoshan and/or Glengoyne which is often described as the most picturesque distillery in Scotland.
As we head north, Glenturret (home of the Famous Grouse) is highly recommended, whilst Edradour is a known as Scotland’s smallest distillery. Speyside is often described as the heart of Whisky production, with too many distilleries to name individually, whilst famous island whiskies include Talisker, located on the Isle of Skye, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, with Bowmore and Laphroaig, two of the most famous distilleries on Islay.
To fully enjoy your visit, please allow for between 1 and 2 hours at any of your chosen distilleries and let us know your level of interest to ensure we organize the correct amount and type of tastings you may wish to sample.