Arguably the most famous of the whisky regions, half of all Scottish distilleries are situated in Speyside including some of the most famous on the planet, such as Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Part of the reason for its popularity as a region was its ready supply of high quality water and good access by the railways which supplied manpower and raw materials to the distilleries and transported the finished product out.
Itís fair to say that many of the regionís distilleries will be unfamiliar to most people. The reason is that a fair proportion of Speyside distilleries exist solely to produce malt for blended whisky (which accounts for a massive 95% of whisky sales).
Founded in 1824 by one George Smith, the Glenlivet was the first legal distillery in the region. The fame of the Glen Livet valley meant many distilleries in the region added the name to their labels. In 1984, the Glenlivet distillery won the right to exclusively use the name ĎThe Glenlivetí.
Now it is one of the iconic Speyside distilleries with a huge worldwide following. It is the best selling single malt in the US and second best worldwide (to Glenfiddich).
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Fresh green apples and a touch of grapefruit.
Palate: Soft, sweet fruity taste with a pleasant clean finish.
Retails for around £30