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Scotland: The Whisky Regions


by Jon-jon Bauyon


In the last article, we discussed about Japan's largest distilleries and how do they produce a so-called "Liquid Gold" to millions of whisky fans around the globe. This time, we will focus on Scotland and learn more about the prominent distilleries of each region. 




Enter the world of one of the most prestigious, valuable, highly sought-after whiskies on Earth. Located in the Speyside region of Scotland, The Macallan, with it's newly built distillery worth 140 million pounds has been dominating the market for almost two centuries now. Widely known for it's sherry oak matured whiskies, sourced from one of the best sherry wine producers in Jerez, Spain. The year 2004 started their new journey as they launched the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed  in bourbon and as well as sherry casks. The distillery produces a numerous expressions such as 10,12, 18, 25, 30, some travel retail exclusives and higher end expressions like the No.6 and the M. On April 2018, the 1926 vintage was hammered at an auction for a whopping US$600,000.00 per bottle and now sits alongside yet another record-breaking Macallan's which is The M.

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Known for it's triple distillation process, Auchentoshan distillery prides itself to be different from any other. Born in 1823, the city-inspired distillery makes every edition flavoursome, smooth and drinkable. Back by it's naturally soft water, there is no question why Auchentoshan produces a light and easy drinking single malt among others. Some of the brand's expressions includes the 12, 18, 21, Three Wood and Springwood just to name a few. 

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One of Diageo's long-standing distillery is situated in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie, and guess what, it's the Dalwhinnie Distillery. Set on a breath-taking Scottish mountain, no doubt that this is the highest distillery in Scotland at 355 meters above sea level. Surrounded by a clear spring water and abundant peat, enough to create a whisky that would be enjoyed by many. 

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An area that once had over thirty active distilleries, Campbeltown has changed since then. One of the distilleries that's left is the family-owned Springbank, the same people also controls the Glengyle Distillery. Three different brands are sharing the distillery but produce different styles of whisky. Springbank is the most popular among the three with it's expressions from 10 to 25 year old. Another one is the highly peated Longrow with editions experimenting from some unusual casks. Last and the newest brand is the Hazelburn with triple distilled and unpeated variety. Selection is yours, choice wisely. 

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What if you are trap on an island? Well, wish to be in Isle of Skye where you can find the Talisker Distillery. A stunning and award-winning expression for many years. Starting from 10 year old, it is followed by an 18, 25 and 30, not to mention the Distillers Edition and other Special Releases. Surrounded by the sea, barrels sitting in the distillery benefit direct interaction yielding a more unique, flavourful whisky that is second to none especially when peated.    

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One word, four syllables. Think of none other than Lagavulin. Born and raised by John Jonston and Archibald Campbell, the duo constructed two distilleries on the site. One of them became Lagavulin and took over the other—which one is not exactly known. In the 19th century, several legal battles ensued with their neighbour Laphroaig, brought about after the distiller at Lagavulin, Sir Peter Mackie, leased the Laphroaig distillery. It is said that Mackie attempted to copy Laphroaig's style. Since the water and peat at Lagavulin's premises was different from that at Laphroaig's, the result was different. The Lagavulin distillery is located in the village of the same name.

Lagavulin 16 Years has received extremely high scores from International spirits competitions. Joining the range are 12, 25, Distillers Editions and Special Releases. 

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