While hunting for the perfect spot for his distillery, Hopkins discovered the Granty Burn – an untouched stream hidden in a secluded Speyside valley. He knew that the exceptionally pure water of this burn would produce a remarkable whisky with a naturally refreshing character. Hopkins founded the Speyburn distillery in 1897 right there in the glen, using authentic river stones from the bed of the fast-flowing River Spey itself. Over 100 years after its founding, Speyburn remains the only distillery to use the pure, crystal-clear water of the Granty Burn.
In 2016 Speyburn completed a renovation and expansion of existing distillery buildings. The new distillery combines the very latest energy efficient technology with traditional techniques, stonework and craftsmanship. The distillery’s production capacity has been doubled from 1.8 million litres to over 4 million litres per year.
The New York International Spirits Competition recently named Speyburn as their 2016 Speyside Distillery of the Year.
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700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This perfectly-balanced single malt whisky is created using fresh spring water from Speyside. And, it’s this soft water which gives the whisky its distinctive character and unique flavour. Speyburn 10 years old single malt is matured in a combination of American Oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. "Light, fruity and relatively complex with notes of gingerbread, apricot and orange marmalade" "Speyburn comes onto the palate with soft, smooth notes of vanilla, ginger, and caramel before some nice spice and oak notes begin to appear. Grilled peach, apricot preserves and shortbread flavors appear, balanced with hazelnut and almond notes"
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Fifteen years maturing in American oak and Spanish oak casks have allowed this bold whisky to embrace the rich, natural elements of Speyside. "orange marmalade again, with hints of vanilla pastry. Sweet barley. Honey and candied ginger. Chocolate and cinnamon. A little leather..... Finish : medium long, on toffee and raisins, with this leathery dryness and spices" (whiskynotes.be)
700ml 46.0% abv, Scotland, (Speyside)A 28 year old Speyburn Vintage 1989, bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their refreshed Connoisseurs Choice series. Distilled 13/9/1989, bottled 14/3/18 at 46.0% abv. Matured in refill American hogsheads.
"Gentle and soft, pronounced pear and ripe banana fade into oak"