There are two kinds of Scotch Whisky - Malt Whisky and
Grain Whisky. The Malt Whiskies are divided into four
groups according to the geographical location of the
distilleries in which they are made. as follows:
Each group has its own clearly defined characteristics,
ranging from the lighter Lowland Malt Whiskies to
those distilled on Islay which are generally
regarded as the heaviest Malt Whiskies.
- Lowland Malt Whiskies, made south of an imaginary line
drawn from Dundee in the east to Greenock in the west.
- Highland Malt Whiskies, made north of that line.
- Speyside Malt Whiskies from the valley of the River Spey.
Although these whiskies come from within the area
designated as Highland Malt Whiskies, the concentration of
distilleries and the specific climate conditions produce a
whisky of an identifiable character and require a separate
- Islay Malt Whiskies from the island of Islay.
Malt Whiskies, which differ considerably in flavour
according to the distillery from which they come, have a
more pronounced bouquet and flavour than the Grain
Whiskies. The production of Grain Whisky has not been
so influenced by geographical factors and it may be
distilled anywhere in Scotland.
© SWA 1995