Whisky Regions of Scotland
There are five whisky regions in Scotland. Campbelltown, Lowlands, Islay, Highlands and Speyside. The Lowlands is one of the most accessible whisky regions just north of the English boarder. This region encompasses the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Lowland whisky is known for its gentle texture and sweetness - they have therefore been collectively nicknamed «Lowland Ladies».
Whisky, Whiskey or Scotch
«Whisky» refers to the drink from Scotland, whereas «Whiskey» is the Irish version of the same spirt. The name was derived from the Gaelic term «usquebaugh» which translates to «water of life.» In order for a Whisky able to be called a Scotch various legal requirements must be met - such as the beverage must be aged in oak casts for at least three years and fermented only by adding yeast. Therefore, all Scotch is Whisky but not all Whisky is Scotch. Whisky is often served as a "dram" which refers to a small amount of an alcoholic beverage
The Scotch Whisky Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience is a visitor attraction located in the centre of Edinburgh. Although it’s not an actual distillery the centre offers a ride around a replica and you are then immerged into the world of whisky making by enthusiastic guides. Finally, experts help you select the perfect dram and share the secrets of the Whisky regions.
Glenkinchie is best known for its twelve- and fourteen-year single malts. The distillery has a range of different attractions. The standard Glenkinchie tour costs about £10 and includes one free sample. Glenkiniche is a good place to start if you’re new to the world of whisky as it is home to the Museum of Malt Whisky Production where traditional maltings are on display.
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