The Scottish Whisky production region of Speyside is an enclave of the Highlands (a distillery such as Glenfarclas may choose to use the term 'Highland' on their label even if the distillery is located in Speyside). The region follows the path of the river Spey, which runs from Spey Bay through the Western Cairngorms in the direction on Kingussie. This key region for Scotch whisky production is characterised by its fertile soils, mild climate and long daylight hours, making it well-suited to growing barley and other cereals.
Standout names include Aberlour, Balvenie, Benriach, Benromach, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Linkwood and Macallan to name but a few! Speyside really does have something to offer for every whisky aficionado: from the light, grassy styles produced by distilleries such as Glenlivet, to the sweet, sherried, rich offerings from Glenrothes and Macallan.