DistilleriesScotland is spilt in to five distinctive whisky-producing regions. The same basic process is used to produce whisky across the country, but subtle variations mean single malts from each region have unique characterisations and flavours. The whisky regions within easy reach of south Loch Ness are the Highlands region and the Speyside region.
The Highlands is the biggest region in terms of area. The Highland malts typically embrace wide and robust flavour variations. Geberally heavier and drier in character than other regions, whiskies from here have nutty, honey, heather or peaty notes. Distilleries near the sea also have some salty, maritime influences in their malts. Highland Distilleries within easiest reach of south Loch Ness are Glenmorangie, Dalwhinnie, Tomatin, Ben Nevis and Glen Ord.
Speyside is the biggest region in terms of production. More than half of Scotland's distilleries can be found here. Speyside single malts are noted generally for their elegance and complexity, sometimes with a refined smokiness, but more often a fruitiness, ranging from ripe pears to sultanas. Speyside distilleries include Cardhu, Belvenie, Macallan, Gelnfarclas, Glenfiddich, Benroamch and Glenlivet.