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The Scotch Single Malts by Region

There are six regions in Scotland that are recognised as distinctive

The Lowlands

This area has a mild climate and rich fertile soil, they are distinguished by being light in flavour and easy to drink, the dry finish means they could take the place of a dry sherry, as an appetiser.

An example of the region is Auchentosan

Isle of Skye

The island is off the West Coast on a latitude similar to Inverness. It has a protected environment, without the extremes of the North it produces a milder style of whisky, much of which is used in blended Scotch whisky There is only one distillery on the Island...Talisker

The Orkney Islands

Situated off the Northern tip of Scotland, the climate is a harsh one, producing a whisky of robust flavour.The Orkney whiskies are rated highly by the enthusiast.

An example, (and Highly esteemed) is Highland Park


This is a region that boasts the most distilleries, over half of Scotland's distilleries are in the Speyside region. These whiskies have a peaty character and tend to be sweet.

An example of the is The Glenrothes

The Northern Highlands

Thes whiskies tend to be powerful,ie full flavoured and spicy,they are peaty (not as dominant as an Islay Malt) and have a dry peppery finish.

An example is the Glenmorangie

Islay (pronounced eye-luh)

The harsh exposed climate produces a tangy, smoky almost salty whisky, enjoyed at the end of the day, A real taste of Scotland!

An example of one of the strongest is Laphroaig