Not all scotch is created equal—there are distilleries all over the country, and each region produces distinctive whiskies that taste like they couldn't have been created anywhere else. Here's an overview of the six principle regions, explaining what sorts of flavors you can expect when cracking open a bottle from Islay vs. the Lowlands. And we've got bottle recommendations for each.

[Ed. Note—For an introduction to scotch, please see this piece, a collaboration between Complex and the Balvenie Distillery.]