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The Speyside

Although the Speyside distillery was founded in 1956, it was not until 1990 that production began. The respected whisky maker George Christie purchased land near Kingussie and founded a grain distillery in 1957. In 1962, he commenced the building of a malt whisky distillery on the site and the work was completed in 1987. The new distillery sits opposite the site of the old Drumguish distillery, which closed in 1911.

Speyside is rather artisanal in terms of scale; with a capacity of a mere 600,000 litres annually and a small workforce of just four under the management of Andrew Shand. Most of this is bottled as The Speyside, although bottlings are also released under the names Glentromie and Drumguish respectively. The company’s Glasgow base also produces Yokozuna, Mongolia’s best selling blended Scotch. The distillery sits to the east of Kingussie on the banks of the river Tromie and the Speyside distillery can lay claim to being the closest to the River Spey’s headwaters.

The Speyside Whisky Distillery

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About The Speyside Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01540 661060

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

600 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Glen Tromie, Kingussie Inverness-shire PH21 1NS

Distillery Owner

Speyside Distillers Co.

Distillery Website


George Christie buys a piece of land at Drumguish near Kingussie.


George Christie starts a grain distillery near Alloa.


The whisky blender George Christie (founder of Speyside Distillery Group in the fifties) commissions the drystone dyker Alex Fairlie to build a distillery in Drumguish.


Scowis assumes ownership.


The distillery is completed.


The distillery is on stream in December.


The first single malt, Drumguish, is launched.


Speyside 8 years is launched.


Speyside Distilleries is sold to a group of private investors including Ricky Christie, Ian Jerman and Sir James Ackroyd.


Speyside 10 years is launched.

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