Originally Posted by embowafa From what I understand, Speyside IS in the highlands region
. The difference being that Speyside distilleries reside near or along the River Spey, thus, giving them their own category (and flavor profile?). I think it was just a way to further differentiate amongst the Highland distilleries as those cover the largest surface area and can vary quite a bit.
(If you knew that already, then ignore me)
Well yes, I guess that's the rationale but Speyside is divided into five regions and has roughly 46 distilleries (more than 50% of all the distillers operating in Scotland) and yet few if any draw their water from the Spey or any of its tributaries.
My only reservations is that Speysides have a very distinct flavour profile as compared to most Highland malts. Speysides are known for having little or no smoke...a note I like, personally...whereas Highlands generally have enough peat reek to make itself known in the dram. So whether The Macallen is technically in the Highlands, or better classified as a Speyside (which by flavour profile it definitely is) seems moot. It strikes me as a little misleading is all. I expected some smoke in the Glengoyne but there was none.
Check out this website:http://www.scotchwhisky.com/english/about/malts/regspey.htm
you may find a lot of interesting information and not just about Speyside.