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Whisky that is produced in Scotland is known as “Scotch whisky”, or simply “Scotch”. Scotland is separated into several whisky producing regions:
1. Lowlands, home to Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie;
2. Islay, the isle of peated smoky whisky and home to Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Lophroaig, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich and Bowmore ;
3. Campbeltown, once home to over 30 distilleries is now occupied by only three which include Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank;
4. Highlands, home to many excellent distilleries such as Dalwhinnie and Old Pulteney. It also includes an unofficial sub-region, the islands of Scotland, on which distilleries such as Highland Park and Talisker ply their trade; and
5. Speyside, home to the most distilleries in Scotland some of the most famous of which include Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas and The Glenlivet.
Whisky from each region usually has a character distinct to that region, though this is not always the case. So, for example, whisky from Islay is usually characteristically peaty and smoky (like Caol Ila and Lagavulin).
Scotch whisky can be separated into four main camps:
- Single malts – whisky from one distillery;
- Blended malts – whisky from more than one distillery;
- Blends – whisky made from malt and grain.
- Grain – whisky made from grain, other than malt barley.
This website blind tastes and scores then reviews single malts, blended malts and blends. Some Scotch whiskies are:
- Johnnie Walker Black Label and Blue Label, Chivas Regal 18 Year Old (blends)
- Highland Park 18 Year Old and Bowmore 12 Year Old (single malts)
- Sheep Dip “Old Hebridean” 1990 (a blended malt)
- Snow Grouse (blended grain)
No type of whisky is better than the other, they’re just different. Blends can offer a spectrum of flavours while single malts can offer quite a specialized experience. You just need to find what you enjoy!