6 Whisky Regions in Scotland & Where to Buy Scotch Whisky in Paphos – Cyprus in Style

WHERE TO BUY WHISKY IN PAPHOS

6 WHISKY REGIONS OF SCOTLAND

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Are you a whisky drinker looking for where the best places are to buy whisky in Paphos? Are you struggling to decide which one to buy? Whisky, over the last few years, has massively increased in popularity across the world, but are you aware of the six regions in Scotland which produce most of it? Whisky is actually a little bit like wine, in that the location of the actual distillery makes a unique difference as to how the whisky tastes and smells! The region is also reflected in the depth of colour of the whisky. If you take an Island distillery and compare it with a Highland one, the final whisky is entirely different.

In 1887, the leading whisky journalist of his time, Alfred Barnard, explained it very well when speaking about the fine whisky from Laphroaig, “The distillery is greatly aided by circumstances that cannot be accounted for … largely influenced by accidents of locality, water and position”.

SO, WHAT MAKES A GOOD MALT WHISKY?

There are many factors, which will affect the final taste of a whisky. Here are just a select few which demonstrate how travelling around the regions has a significant impact on the final malt whisky.

Age will significantly affect the whisky, as will the type and size of the barrel in which it is aged. In addition, the grain recipe that each distillery selects, the fermentation process with the inclusion of yeast, and the use of peat, as part of the malting process are also contributing factors.

Another defining factor for whisky is the size of the still used and the number of times it is actually distilled. Finally, the effect the local water has on the taste is also part of the whisky-making process.

This article looks at the six whisky regions in Scotland, to ascertain the different qualities and help guide you to your perfect whisky choice. All the distilleries mentioned were established in the nineteenth century. We asked Kyriakos Kolokasides, a devout whisky lover from La Bodega in Paphos, to personally recommend a whisky from each region that epitomises the different notes and aromas.

WHAT ARE THE SIX WHISKY REGIONS IN SCOTLAND?

HIGHLAND WHISKY REGION

Let us start in the Highlands. This is the largest geographical region for whisky production in Scotland. From this area alone, they produce 25% of all whisky in Scotland. As a region, it can be split into four sub-regions of north, south, east, and west, all of which offer their own variety.

  • Number of distilleries: More than 25
  • Unique flavours: Malt, Oak, Dried Fruit, Smoke and Heather
  • Selected Distillery: Aberfeldy

The Aberfeldy distillery is positioned in the centre of Scotland by the ‘Pitilie Burn’, which flows into the River Tay. It was founded in 1898 by John Dewar & Sons Ltd. The distillery is renowned for its fine whiskies, which are traditionally fermented for a more extended period, than other distilleries.

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SPEYSIDE WHISKY REGION

The beautiful region of Speyside is one of the most important in terms of whisky production. Whisky from Speyside is renowned all over the world. In the northeast of Scotland, we will find an area full of fertile glens and the presence of the River Spey. Many of the distilleries here mature their whisky in sherry casks, which is reflected in the flavour.

  • Number of distilleries: More than 60
  • Unique flavours: Dried Fruit, Apple, Nutmeg, Apple, Vanilla, Malt and Oak
  • Selected Distillery: Macallan

Whiskies from the Macallan Distillery are renowned across the world and are highly sought after by whisky collectors. Alexander Reid founded the Macallan distillery in 1824. They age their whisky in oak casks which accordingly gives 80% of the final character. The distillery is located in a stunning location above the River Spey, in northeast Scotland.

LA BODEGA RECOMMENDED WHISKY: MACALLAN 25 YEAR OLD

LOWLAND WHISKY REGION

The lowlands are positioned south of Glasgow and Edinburgh, with an inland location reflected with a slight salinity. However, the whisky produced in the lowlands is renowned for having a soft and smooth taste. Due to the lack of peat in the area, this never comes through in the flavours, resulting in a light and gentle whisky. Historically, the distilleries in this area triple-distilled their whisky, but today this only occurs at Auchentoshan.

  • Number of distilleries: Less than 5
  • Unique flavours: Toffee, Cream, Honeysuckle, Grass, Cinnamon and Cream
  • Selected Distillery: Auchentoshan

Since being established in 1823, Auchentoshan distillery has changed ownership several times. Positioned close to Glasgow, it is the only whisky in Scotland that triple-distils its whisky to achieve 70% ABV. By doing this, they remove all the impurities, which means that notes of fruit and citrus come to the fore. All the casks in which they age the whisky have previously held sherry, bourbon or wine.

LA BODEGA RECOMMENDED WHISKY: AUCHENTOSHAN BLOOD OAK

CAMPBELTOWN WHISKY REGION

Whilst there are fewer distilleries than other regions in Campbeltown, the area is very well known for producing a whisky with a certain dryness and pungent taste. Locally, they refer to it as “The whiskiest place in the world”, due to the history of whisky production. It is the smallest officially recognised whisky region in Scotland. However, the resulting whiskies are varied and full of flavours reflecting the landscape.

  • Number of distilleries: Less than 5
  • Unique flavours: Vanilla, Brine, Dried Fruit, Toffee and Smoke
  • Selected Distillery: Glen Scotia

Glen Scotia was founded in 1832, and was originally just called Scotia. It has enjoyed several owners over the years and, today, is just one of three remaining distilleries in Campbeltown. The traditional whisky-making skills are continued under the Master Distiller, Iain McAlister, born and bred in Campbeltown.

LA BODEGA RECOMMENDED WHISKY: GLEN SCOTIA 25 YEAR OLD

ISLAY WHISKY REGION

Positioned just west of mainland Scotland, Islay is a significant location for the production of whisky. It is believed that this is where whisky was first produced when it was brought over from Ireland in the 13th century. Its geographical location by the sea is distinctly reflected in the final whisky, as is the peat from the landscape. It is a very small whisky-producing area but has some of the most famous brands.

  • Number of distilleries: Less than 10
  • Unique flavours: Smoke, Seaweed, Brine, Kippers, Carbolic Soap and Apple
  • Selected Distillery: Laphroaig

They have been making whisky at Laphroaig since 1815. It is positioned at the very far edge of the whisky map. Laphroaig is the favourite dram of HRH Prince Charles, and carries the Royal Warrant on every bottle.

LA BODEGA RECOMMENDED WHISKY: LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR OLD

ISLANDS

Whilst not officially recognised by the Scotch Whisky Society, as a distinct whisky region in its own right, many experts do consider its importance and see it as the sixth one in Scotland. Whisky from any of the Scottish Islands offers a diverse and different taste to those from the mainland.

  • Number of distilleries: Less than 10
  • Unique flavours: Brine, Oil, Honey, Black Pepper and Smoke
  • Selected Distillery: Jura

Positioned on the stunning Island of Jura, part of the Inner Hebrides, just off the west coast of Scotland, it is just 30 miles long and 7 miles wide. Jura Distillery is in the middle of Craighouse, which is the Island’s largest town. Archibald Campbell originally founded it in 1810.

LA BODEGA RECOMMENDED WHISKY: JURA – ONE & ALL

All the whiskies mentioned in this article are available for sale at La Bodega Premium Cava in Paphos. Visit their website here and scroll down to the bottom of the page for directions.

Published by Cyprus in Style Magazine April 2021 | #InStyleBusinessNetwork | Where to Buy Whisky in Paphos

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