Tennessee has long been a leader in the production of distilled spirits, inheriting their distillation skills from their western ancestors who travelled over from Ireland and Scotland in the 1600s.
Kentucky is the home to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon whiskey and has been the sole producer of it for the past 200 years. Bourbon is chiefly made with 51% corn with the addition of other grains.
Islay is renowned for producing strongly “peated” whiskies. With nine operational distilleries, it is the most famous Whisky-producing island in Scotland. islay is renowned for producing strongly “peated” whiskies. With eight operational distilleries, it is the most famous Whisky-producing island in Scotland.
Campbeltown whiskies are characterised by their robust and smoky profiles. Located on the west coast of Scotland, Campbeltown, like the Lowlands, has experienced a decline in Whisky production and now hosts only a few active distilleries.
Whiskies from the Islands exhibit great variation and often have a slightly smokier flavour compared to other regions. This region is home to a small number of distilleries.
The Highland region offers the most diverse range of flavours, including those influenced by the surrounding islands. Geographically the largest region, it can be found to the north of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Lowlands region produces lighter whiskies. Although it once led the Whisky industry, the number of distilleries in this area has significantly declined over the years. The Lowlands encompasses the area between Glasgow and Edinburgh and extends southward.
Speyside distilleries are known for their use of Sherry casks, resulting in a fruitier taste. This region boasts the highest concentration of distilleries in Scotland, with over 40 operating in Speyside.