Top 7 Scottish Distilleries
What’s Scotland known for, aside from pastoral green hill, glistening blue lochs, and Sir William Wallace (however inaccurate his depictions may be)? Whiskey! If you hadn’t guess by the name, scotch is a type of whiskey distilling specifically in Scotland, under very strict guidelines. While exclusivity isn’t why scotch is unique among whiskeys, the care and heritage associated with scotch certainly is! With this in mind, take a look at Panrimo’s favorite Scotch distilleries, spanning all of Scotland.
Founded in 1897 in a valley on the northern edge of Rothes, Speyburn boasts the title of “Scotlands Most Photographed Distillery.” Speyburn is the only distillery to use Speyside water, known for its particular softness, creating a unique flavor texture.
6.) Jura Whiskey
Located just off the Western coast of Scotland, the Isle of Jura has only one road, one hotel, and one distillery: Jura Whisky, which produces some of the finest single malt scotch. Although it’s notoriously difficult to reach Jura, visiting this distillery is worth the trouble.
The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker is particularly beautiful and features scotch with a particularly peaty taste, owing to the water originating from Cnoc nan Speireag (Hawk Hill), which flows over unusually plentiful amounts of peat.
“Founded” in 1815 but rumored to have been in operation since 1810 for private production purposes, Laphroaig is the only whisky to carry a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales, which was awarded in person in 1994. Islay is known for its peaty scotches, and Laphroaig follows suit, featuring a particularly robust and pungent peat flavor.
Located in Speyside between Aberdeen and Inverness, Aberlour is the perfect place to begin exploring your scotch fascination. The visitor’s center was awarded five-star status by the Scotland National Tourism Board due to the warmth and attention to detail shown by the distillery team. And with a unique character profile featuring a heavy sherry flavor, you’ll soon learn just how different scotches can taste.
Unfortunately, Glendronach has had a relatively rocky history. Founded in 1826, it burned down 10 years later, to the dismay of its owners. After several transfers in ownership over the 20th century, the distillery was closed in 1996. Reopening in 2002, Glendronach has surged from the gate, crafting acclaimed official bottlings and nabbing the preferences of many scotch drinkers.
Another feature from the Isle of Islay, this is arguably their most famous distillery, and one of the most picturesque as well. And don’t forget their scotch! Awarded numerous accolades, including four consecutive double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Lagavulin is one of the world’s most respected scotches, frequently referenced in popular culture: in fact, it’s Ron Swanson’s preferred alcohol!