Speyside Distilleries

The Speyside area is one of the main centres of the Scotch whisky industry and has a high concentration of single malt distilleries, including the Glenfiddich distillery and the Balvenie distillery.

The Cardhu distillery is situated near Archiestown, Moray, Scotland, founded by the whisky smuggler John Cumming in 1824. The distillery started as farm distillery working on a seasonal basis and was running by his wife Helen Cumming, who used to sell bottles of whisky to passers-by through the window of their farmhouse. In 1893 the distillery was sold to Johnnie Walker and Sons and the whisky makes up an important part of the famous Johnnie Walker blended whiskies.

Cragganmore is a whisky distillery located in the village of Ballindalloch in Banffshire and was founded in 1869 by John Smith. The place was chosen for its proximity to the waters of the Craggan burn and because it was close to the Strathspey Railway.

The Glenfiddich Distillery is owned by William Grant & Sons in Dufftown and Glenfiddich means ‘Valley of the deer’ (Gaelic), hence the presence of a deer symbol on Glenfiddich bottles. Glenfiddich has now become the world’s best-selling single malt and it is sold in 180 countries, and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales.

The Tormore is one of the younger Scottish whiskies, the distillery construction began in 1958 and was completed in 1960. It was designed by Sir Albert Richardson and it is one of the most architecturally striking distilleries. The main building is made of granite, has copper rotors and a clock which plays four different Scottish songs each quarter of an hour. The nice topiary hedges in the front garden are clipped to the shape of a bell or still.


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