Founded in 1897
At the end of a long, tree-lined driveway in Speyburn, not far from the River Spey, stands the pagoda'd roof of Speyburn Distillery. Sometimes called the most photographed distillery in Scotland, Speyburn was built nestled in a valley at the Northern end of Rothes.

Speyburn Distillery was founded in 1897, by two local men — John and Edward Hopkins. That year happened to be Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, and the brothers were determined to open in time to impress her majesty.

Hustling through the day, their distillers managed to produce the first barrel just in time for the festivities. The Speyburn-Glenlivet company ran things until 1916, when it was acquired by DCL. Production paused from 1930 to 1934, and again between 1939 and 1947, both due to wartime circumstance.

A series of acquisitions over the decades that followed have not interrupted production, and Speyburn continues to make Whisky to this day.

Water is said to be instrumental in Speyburn's unique flavor. It draws water for mashing from two local burns, Broad and Granty. It is the only distillery in Scotland to source water from the Granty. Speyburn's production capacity sits around 1.8 million liters per year, despite using only one wash and one spirit still.

Lightly peated malt is included in the recipe, and until 1968, Speyburn used its own impressive drum maltings—the first of their kind. A combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks stand in tall warehouses to mature the malt.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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What does Speyburn taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Speyburn Scotch. It's based on all Speyburn drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Speyburn before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Inver House Distillers Ltd.
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    1 wash, 1 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Rothes, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 7AG, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1340 831213
  • Website
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Originally constructed just in time for Queen Victoria's party, distillery crews worked around the clock—including through a massive snowstorm—to get the first barrel out the door.

War is hell, even for distillers. Speyburn was closed during WWII in order to house two artillery regiments. Reports suggest that their aim was particularly poor, at roughly the same time that several barrels of Whisky were reported, "missing in action." 
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside malts from these fifty or so distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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