Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
One of the great paradoxes of single malt is that it is often that refined that people could think it has been produced with love by some old experienced craftsman. But the reality is different. marketing of single malt as such represents a very small part of the whisky production. Most of the malt whisky is produced for blends When whisky was merely distributed within Scotland, the distilleries sold most of their production as single malt. Since massive export of whisky began with the invention of the blended whisky , most of the distilleries just produce for blenders, en put only 2 or 3% of their production on the market as single malt.
Whisky in Scotland has become big industry. There is no traditional malt any more (with some exceptions like Bladnoch). To give an idea of the scale, a average distillery like Dalwhinnie or Cardhu produce about 1.500.000 litres of whisky a year, and other ones, often unknown by the general public, like Dailuaine, Glen Grant or Glen Keith produce respectively 2.100.000, 5.200.000 and 3.800 000 litres a year. In front of those impressing figures, just one question:
The business world is changing rapidly. The world of whisky does not escape to this rule. If you notice errors in the table of the owners, please let me know, so I can correct the data on this site.
|Grain||North British (joint venture with Diageo)|
|Sporadic production||Glen Scotia|
|Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet)|
|North British (joint venture with Edrington)|
|North of Scotland (closed)|
|(when the distillery has been destroyed)|
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The tasting notes
The production areas
|WDTS: blind tasting sessions||List of all distilleries||How whisky is made||Central Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Northern Highlands,Western Highlands|
|Recent tastings||Distillery owners||Whisky history||Speyside|
|Visitors notes||The independent bottlers||All the bottles in collection||Lowlands|
|Post your own notes||The distilleries in their historical context||By order of preference||Islay|
|Interactive map of the distilleries||By order of value for money||Campbeltown|