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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Founded in 1897 by John Hopkins &Co

Location, Speyside region Central District north of Rothes

Water source,  Granty Burn


Speyburn Distillery Equipment,


Stainless steel copper domed mash tun

6 Oregon pine washbacks

1 wash still 1 pot still

Worm tub condensers

80% of the spirit is tankered away for maturing at Inverhouse central warehousing in Airdrie. The remaining spirit is matured in American oak bourbon casks in on site warehousing.

Speyburn Whisky Logo

Speyburn Distillery, Rothes,



AB38 7AG

Tel: +44 (0)1340 831213


No Visitor Facilities

Speyburn  Scotch Whisky Distillery History,

Often described as the most photographed distillery in Scotland, Speyburn Distillery sits nestling in a valley on the northern edge of Rothes. There is a timeless feel and an air of serenity - the type of place whisky was meant to be made.


Situated in the famous Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands, Speyburn is the only distillery to use the fresh spring water of the Granty Burn, one of the major tributaries of the River Spey. It is this soft Speyside water that is acknowledged as a distinctive characteristic in the unique flavour and bouquet of this classic single malt.


Speyburn Single Highland Malt Scotch whisky was first produced on the 15th December 1897, the diamond jubilee year of Queen Victoria. To make sure that whisky was distilled in the jubilee year, men worked through the night in a heavy snow storm in a still house without windows, managing to bond one single butt of 1897 Speyburn.


The distillery has a compact layout, due mainly to the geography of the land. The architect, Charles Doig, designed the distillery using height as opposed to width. The unique drum maltings occupy a smaller area than a conventional floor maltings and other buildings, including the cask warehouses, are on two or three levels.


Very little has changed over the last 100 years with most

of the original features still intact - indeed still being used, although the maltings are no longer in production. Once milled the grist and hot water is transferred to a traditional rake mash tun from which 25,000 litres of wort is pumped into Douglas Fir wash backs. The still room has never been extended and houses a single pair of stills. True to form the alcohol vapours are condensed using over 100 metres of copper pipe emerged in cold water worm tubs.


Although 80% of Speyburn is tankered away to be filled at Inverhouse's headquarters at Airdrie, the remaining spirit is filled into cask and stored in one of two warehouses for single malt use. Both have two floors and use wooden rails and tables to store casks two and three high


Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Speyburn Bradan Orcha

Speyburn 10 year old

Speyburn 25 year old.


Speyburn Bradan Orcha Single Malt Scotch Whisky (No Age Statement) 40% Alc

Tasting Notes

Colour; Bright, golden-amber colour

Nose; Green apples, honey, lemon and floral vanilla spices

Taste; Subtle and delicate with vanilla and honey, full bodied, creamy and smooth with a long lasting spicy finish


Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 40% Alc/Vol.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Pale gold with amber highlights.

Nose: Fresh, clean and aromatic with a rich lemony fruitiness.

Taste: Medium-bodied with a delicate, fruity character and a dry, warm, peaty finish.


Awards 2006 World Spirits Competition, San Francisco - Gold


Speyburn Solera 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46% Alc/Vol. 

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Rich golden with bronze highlights.


Nose: Full, quite rich, soft oaky vanilla with a little smokiness and a mild peaty overtone.


Taste: Medium full bodied, round and rich with a touch of toffee, a warm lasting finish and an edge of sweetness on the tail.


Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Speyburn 21 year old


SpeyburnSingle Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Speyburn Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Malty and floral, slightly herbal.


Palate: Soft medium bodied. Malty bittersweet contrast, note of honey.


Finish: Long and rounded with a hint of smoke.