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Scotch Whisky list of distilleries

Until I started to compile this list of Scottish Whisky(often misspelt with the addition of an "e" i.e. whiskey-that's the Irish spelling) distilleries I thought scotch whisky production was something of a dying breed. This list of links to distilleries and producers of scotch probably isn't complete but you can see from the extent of it, it is certainly long. Clearly the industry isn't in such a perilous state that I imagined

Arran Whisky Distillery
is a relatively new whisky (distillery opened in 1995) and some of its malts haven't yet matured. However, it has some very nice whiskies which should be appreciated

The Scotch Whisky Association

The World Of Scotch Whisky has a clickable map for each region with all the whisky distilleries marked on it. There is basic information about each distillery and also links to the owner's web site, where available. Opening hours for vistors, if available, are also given. Note that on each page, "more detail" gives more information including a photo.

Edinburgh Malt Whisky Tour

A first class and very comprehensive guide to all aspects of malt whisky. There is a Glossary & How Whisky is Made and a list of whisky companies. Finding where the whisky is made is aided by an Active Map showing where they are located. The Whisky Historical Archive has a search facility to help you to track down information. There is factual information such as Mike Padlipsky's Research Notes While we may have our own favourites in whisky we don't usually get the opportunity to taste nearly all of them. The results and ratings here by Mike Padlipsky is an invaluable survey. Alternatively, refer to the tasting notes provided by Lapointe & Legendre. There is also a Malt Whisky Quality/Price Index and an Excel Spreadsheet There is even a library of Sound Clips (au or wav format) on how to pronounce all the names of the whisky. NOW you know how to pronounce Glenmorangie!

A to Z of Scotch Whisky Information

This site lists every available brand of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Grain Scotch Whisky, Pure Malt Scotch Whisky and Blended Scotch Whisky. Sections of the site include suppliers to the Scotch Whisky industry, Scotch Whisky retailers, the distilleries of Scotland, the Scotch Whisky manufacturing process, how to drink Scotch Whisky and the Scotch Whisky collectors service.

Whisky.com

This is a very large site dedicated to all aspects of whisky - how it's produced, history, distilleries and brands, stockists and distributors. There is also a whisky store and books about whisky plus a whisky events calendar.

The Ultimate Whisky Index

Presented by the "Alternative Whisky Academy" in Denmark, there is a whisky lexicon, whisky encyclopedia, and an index of different whisky brands, with whisky pictures, whisky test notes and whisky information.

An Alphabet of Whisky

Arthur Bell's Whisky Connoisseur Column in the Scottish Radiance online magazine has created an "Alphabet of Whisky" where you will find a word defined for each letter of the alphabet - from A for "age" and B for "Bond" to Y for "yeast" and Z for "Zing".

The Whisky Trail

Many of Scotland's distilleries were established on Speyside, among the northern foothills of the Grampian mountains. Seven of these distilleries and one cooperage (making the barrels for the whisky) have come together under the banner of 'The Malt Whisky Trail' to offer visitors to the area the opportunity to experience first-hand the history and the process behind the production of one of the world's greatest drinks. All the distilleries listed are open to the public and there are details of each distillery:


Distillerygroup.com

This is a destination guide to distilleries as well as a guide to scotch whisky, a shop, a gallery, free web based email and much more.

And fine Blended Whisky is not forgotten either:

  • Johnnie Walker Red - a blend of a number of over 40 malts such as Cardhu, Talisker and Lagavulin and aged grain whisky.
  • Johnnie Walker Blue - an exclusive blended Scotch whisky
  • Johnnie Walker Black - said to be the world's best selling 12-year-old Scotch whisky.
  • Johnnie Walker Gold - a blend of five of Scotland's rarest, most renowned whiskies, each matured no less than 18 years.

Edrington Group

The group owns and operates seven malt whisky distilleries with a total capacity of over 22 million litres of alcohol - estimated to represent over 10 per cent of total industry capacity. The Edrington Group is also 50% owner of North British Distillery in Edinburgh, the largest Whisky distillery in Scotland, producing nearly 70 million litres of alcohol (nearly 20% of the grain whisky produced in Scotland). The site offers a Distillery Tour and individual distillery pages on the site include:

Glenmorangie,

A nice site from the Glen of Tranquillity with a History of Glenmorangie and a Tour of the distillery .

Inver House Distillers

Heather Cream Liquer is produced here as well as the specific Malts :

Aberlour Scotch Whisky

A history of the Aberlour distillery and how whisky is made. The A-Z of Aberlour is an extensive dictionary of many of the terms - and the people - found in the whisky industry. There is also a profile of the Great Malt Whisky Bars of the World and Aberlour Recipes has a menu which includes items made (of course) with Aberlour whisky as one of the ingredients. There

Chivas Regal

An unusual mixture for a premium brand whisky. A "Career Toolbox" in which Chivas Regal has gathered advice from respected career consultants - and they're at your disposal. Plus financial planning, entertainment - and a "Reality Check".... And there's a screen saver and entertainment too.

Glenturret Distillery

Information about Scotland's oldest distillery and its conference centre and visitor centre plus a voucher that entitles you to an additional free dram at the Tasting Bar. There are also on-site competitions, streaming videos and an online shop. And of course, the range of malt whiskies available.

Whye and Mackay

The recipe dfor Whyte and Mackay fine Scotch whisky blend dates back to 1844, with over 40 of the finest malt and grain whiskies, the heart of which is the Dalmore Single Highland Malt. The site, with Macromedia Flash, is about the whisky, football, festivals and lots more.

Famous Grouse

The Web pages of this popular brand of blended whisky contains information not only on how whisky is made but also illustrations from their quirky bird advertisements. There are also details of the Scottish Rugby Union (sponsored by the company) and other products in the Mathew Gloag range. There is a list of quirky links too!

The Balvenie

There are details on The Balvenie malt whisky here plus facts and anecdotes and some humour - and a contest with a bottle of Balvenie as a prize.

Dalmore Single Highland Malt Whisky

Information on the ditillery and how the malt is made, plus pages on 12-year-old and 21-year-old whiskies and their 30 year old Cigar malt. There is also information on the auction of a 62-year-old Dalmore which sold for 25,877.50, a world record for one bottle of single malt.

Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky

This whisky has been reflecting the personality of this unspoiled jewel off Scotland's coast since 1810 and in addition to describing the distillery, the site also has notes on Jura itself.

Tullibardine Scotch Whisky

Whyte & Mackay stopped production in 1994 at Tullibardine in Perthshire, near Gleneagles but it has started to come back on stream again. It will be another ten years before it will be available but the company are selling a limited number of individually numbered casks to investors and whisky aficionados. Some of the malt whisky made in 1993 is also being sold through up-market outlets. There are plans to build a tourism vistor centre at the site.

Whisky Facts and Figures

Whisky facts and history covering both malt and blended brands. Readers are invited to an "Online Whisky Tasting" where language used in whisky tasting is examined. Useful contributions earn their authors a free signed copy of a new book on whisky tasting! The history and nature of the following blended brands are covered in illustrated pages:

Scottish Malt Whisky Society

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society "began as a group of friends who shared the price of a cask of fine malt whisky; only after many years did the syndicate open its doors wider". It has an on-line version of its Newsletter described as the only publication in the entire world 100% dedicated to malt whisky! Unfortunately the Tastings of malt whisky for Members of the Society cannot be on-line! The Society's UK Home Page provides access to articles from their printed newsletter, including extended descriptions of Lagavulin and Glenkinchie malts. Surprisingly, there is also a long article about bottled Highland Spring Water presumably to have with the whisky. There is also a detailed description of the traditional Burns' Supper

Whisky Net

Within these pages you will find a wide selection of mail order drinks, including what is claimed to be the largest selection of whisky available on-line.

Whisky Shop

If all these descriptions of Scottish whisky have given you an appetite for the water of life then you can place an order, on-line, from a selection of 400 blended and malt whiskies.

Master of Malt

Selling over 250 different malts in bottle and miniature, plus how to order personalised labels with your own name on them.

Whisky Rarities

Whisky Rarities is a small specialist company based in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, which makes available online rare and unusual whisky for collectors and connoisseurs. There is an eclectic selection of out-of-the-ordinary malts and blends including Cask-Strength, Dead Distilleries, Limited Editions, Single Malts, Vatted Malts, Deluxe Blends.

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