Speyside is home to the largest number of distilleries and possibly the most densely populated too, with two-thirds of all malt whisky production taking place in the region.
Speyside whiskies have an increasingly incredible range of flavours, from the sherry-matured malts of Aberlour and Mortlach through to the peated range of malts by BenRiach and Benromach, so there is bound be a whisky to cater for any taste.
Glenlivet is perhaps the most famous of the whiskies from this region and indeed its name was so popular that many other distilleries co-opted it. Eventual legal action taken by J.G. Smith (the owner of the distillery) to claim ownership of the Glenlivet name was only partially successful. The decision to hand Smith the naming rights also permitted other distilleries to hyphenate their distillery name with the “Glenlivet” name. You can still see this on some of the older bottlings from this area.
Speyside's main active distilleries include Benromach, Balvenie, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Macallan, Mortlach and Glenfarclas. While those that have been lost or mothballed include Dallas Dhu, Caperdonich, Coleburn, Banff, and Convalmore.