Here, most distilleries began as illicit stills, hidden in isolated locations, drawing water from the mountain springs that feed the river Spey. It is commonly held that the perfect factors exist to make the perfect dram. Hard granite rock, reluctant to release minerals into the water and hillsides covered in peat and heather contribute to soft acidic water, perfect for making whisky. Try the sherried Glenfarclas or Aberlour. For something spicier the Craigellachie. On a budget? Go for the Dun Bheagan Speyside Malt.