SCOTCH WHISKY: Top 10 whisky distilleries ranked using social media data and reviews

The Laphroaig team with Christian Porta, CEO of Pernod Ricard EMEA and Latan,  the Chivas Brothers office in Glasgow, and the bottling plant in Dumbarton.

Whisky experts have carried out research to reveal the top 10 whisky distilleries across Scotland, according to factors such as customer reviews and popularity on social media

The ‘best’ Scotch whisky distillery that King Charles called his favourite. Top picture is of the many Laphroaig brands distilled on Islay and bottled in Dumbarton.

By Lucy Ashton

New research has revealed the “best” whisky distilleries in Scotland using customer reviews and social media data.

Scotland’s whisky industry is world-famous, and attracts tourists from around the globe. With so many distilleries located in the country, it can be hard to see all of them in a single trip.

To help visitors decide where to head, whisky experts at The Cask Connoisseur have put together an index ranking of the top distilleries in Scotland. The research has revealed the 10 “best” distilleries in the country.

Each distillery was given a score out of 140 for each of the following criteria: Google rating, number of Google reviews, TripAdvisor rating, number of TripAdvisor reviews, Instagram hashtags, and TikTok views. An overall rating out of 840 was then assigned.

The Cask Connoisseur adds: “Renowned for its rich and unmistakable taste in its whisky, Laphroaig Distillery still uses its traditional methods to produce one of the most distinctive single malts.

The whisky is, of course, bottled and packaged at the state of the art Chivas/Pernod plant at Kilmalid on the Vale of Leven estate at Dumbarton.

Laphroaig Distillery
Laphroaig Distillery took the top spot on the list.

“With the highest score of 736.5 out of a possible 840, this distillery tops the list. They were also one of the most popular on Instagram and TikTok, so it’s a distillery that many like to visit and photograph.”

Following behind in second place is Glenkinchie Distillery in Tranent, approximately 15 miles out of Edinburgh. Known as one of the Four Corners of Scotland distilleries of Johnnie Walker, it distils the Edinburgh Malt that is enjoyed around the world.

Commenting on the distillery, The Cask Connoisseur said: “Coming in second place, with a score of 710 out of a possible 840, is the Glenkinchie Distillery.

“With a 4.9 Google rating, this is clearly a favourite among many whisky drinkers, potentially due to its closeness to Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. They also have five stars on TripAdvisor resulting in a score of 126.5 as well as 132 for the total number of reviews.”

In third place is Oban Distillery in the west coast port of Oban, Argyll and Bute, with an overall score of 702.5 out of 840. Known as being among both the oldest and smallest distilleries in Scotland, according to The Cask Connoisseur it has the most reviews on TripAdvisor and scored a full 140.

Rounding out the top five are Lagavulin Distillery on the Isle of Islay and Balvenie Distillery in Moray, with overall scored of 690 and 689.5 respectively. Other distilleries to appear in the top 10 include Kilchoman Distillery and Bowmore Distillery—both on Islay—and Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife.

The top 10 whisky distilleries in Scotland

  1. Laphroaig Distillery — 736.5/840
  2. Glenkinchie Distillery — 710/840
  3. Oban Distillery — 702.5/840
  4. Lagavulin Distillery — 690/840
  5. Balvenie Distillery — 689.5/840
  6. Kilchoman Distillery — 687.5/840
  7. Bowmore Distillery — 679.5/840
  8. Lindores Abbey Distillery — 679.5/840
  9. Glengoyne Distillery — 678.5/840
  10. Glenturret Distillery — 666.5/840

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