Speyburn Speyside Whisky Distillery
If an advertiser was to choose a location for a whisky advert Speyburn Distillery would be it. As the name suggests it is on the banks of the famous Scottish river Spey which gives its name to the Speyside whisky region. Furthermore Speyburn sources its water supply from the tributary (burn) called ‘Granty Burn’. The distillery is just north of the town of Rothes and is reportedly the most photographed distillery in the whole of Scotland due the natural beauty of the location. This is where whisky should be maturing for years and the Speyside water is in plentiful supply to give the whisky its world renowned flavour, bouquet and character.
Speyburn was founded in 1897 by John Hopkins & Company who were working tirelessly to get the whisky production going to get a 1897 whisky bonded. The workers were expected to work in the still house through a snowstorm despite the still house still having no windows fitted. The reason for the last minute rush was of course financial, 1897 was the year of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and the owners expected the whisky bonded in that year to fetch a higher price. I wonder if that single cask was around today what price it would fetch.
The architecture is complex and the distillery compact to get it into this most wonderful of locations. The height of the new building was used to accommodate 3 levels of warehousing, and an unusual drum malting system was used rather than floor maltings to save space.
The most wonderful thing about the whisky distillery at Speyburn is that it hasn’t changed much in all these years, of course malting is no longer done on site like most whisky distilleries but the rest is largely unchanged. Most Speyburn is taken for blends but any single malt is still left to mature onsite at Speyburn where it stacked 3 high on each floor.
If you are in Scotland visit this fine example of a Speyside Whisky Distillery.
Taste: Speyburn as it has to be is a typical Speysider, easy drinking and medium bodied with delicate fruity flavours and a slightly peppery finish.