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Speyburn Scotch Whisky Distillery

Speyburn Distillery, Rothes, Aberlour, Morayshire AB38 7AG
Tel: +44 (0)1340 831213

Speyburn Distillery General Information
Current Owners click for detailsInver House Distillers (Inter Bev)
Location Speyside
Water source Granty Burn
Stills 1 x wash still and 1 x spirit still
Capacity per year 4,200,000 Litres
Status Active/Producing
Manager Robert Anderson
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Speyburn Distillery History
1897 Distillery Established by John Hopkins & Co
1950's A tractor replaced the distillery horse and cart
1962 Speyburn's two stills were converted to internal heating by steam from a coal fired boiler
1991 Inver House buy Speyburn
1992 Speyburn 10 Year Old was launched by Inver House
2012 Clan Speyburn online community launched

Speyburn Distillery Comments
Distilled in the famous Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands, Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky was first produced on the 15th December 1897. The distillery was built from carved stone taken from the former bed of the River Spey. When production first started, the still house has not yet been fitted with windows or doors; and as a fierce snowstorm was sweeping through the valley the men had to work in overcoats. The distillers were anxious to have some casks filled bearing the date 1897 because this was the diamond jubilee year of Queen Victoria - just one butt was bonded.
Speyburn was the first Scottish Malt Distillery to install a stream-driven mechanical malting system
The distillery is know as ' The Gibbet' because of its situation near the ancient ' Cnock na Croiche' or Hillock of the Gibbet'
The first manager was Mr John Smith who held his position for 31 years


Speyburn Distillery Bottlings
click for detailsSpeyburn 10 Year Old
Nose Fresh, clean and aromatic with a rich lemony fruitiness
Colour Pale gold with amber highlights
Taste Medium bodied with a delicate, fruity character and a dry, warm, peaty finish
Speyburn 21 Year Old
Packaged in a traditional hand crafted wicker basket, each bottle is individually numbered
Nose Full, quite rich, soft oaky vanilla with a little smokiness and a mild peaty overtone
Colour Rich golden with bronze highlights
Taste Medium full bodied, round and rich with a touch of toffee, a warm lasting finish and an edge of sweetness on the tail


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