Speyside single malts are single malt Scotch whiskeys, distilled in Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland.
The two best-selling single malt whiskeys in the world, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, come from Speyside. Strathspey has the greatest number of distilleries of any of the whiskey-producing areas of Scotland. Dufftown alone has six working distilleries with an annual capacity of 40.4m liters of spirit.
The Speyside distilleries are mainly operated by leading international drinks groups including Diageo, LVMH and Pernod Ricard, by family-owned companies including J. & G. Grant and William Grant & Sons and by The Edrington Group (majority owned by a charitable trust).
Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail is a tourism initiative featuring eight Speyside distilleries and the Speyside Cooperage. Speyside also hosts an annual whiskey festival known as “Spirit of Speyside”.
Speyside whiskeys can generally be classified as light and grassy (e.g. Glenlivet) or rich and sweet (e.g. Macallan)