Scotland’s whisky is illustrious throughout the world and over the years the country’s national drink has become a traditional cultural icon alongside tartan and bagpipes.
Even the famous spirit’s name shows its importance to Scotland. The word whisky comes from the Gaelic words ‘uisge beatha’ (pronounced oosh-ga beh-huh) meaning ‘water of life’ and a nip of whisky was traditionally believed to treat illnesses and prolong life.
Water isn’t only part of the name; it is an integral part of whisky creation. The art of distilling started as a way of using rain-soaked barley and now the crystal clear spring water streams that flow through Scotland are at the heart of whisky production.
Scottish whisky can be split into five main production regions - Highlands (Speyside is often considered a sub-category of the Highlands region), Islands, Islay, Lowlands and Campbeltown - each with its own unique characteristics. From the distinctive peaty smokiness of Islay drams to the light, mellow flavours of the Lowland malts, you will discover new flavours in every whisky you try.
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