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Speyburn was built in 1897, by Edward Broughton and his two cousins: Edward and John Hopkin. Broughton had previously owned Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The Speyburn distillery was constructed for £17,000 and designed by the renowned Elgin-based distillery designer Charles Doig. Production began in December, though the build had yet to be completed - such was the owners’ intent to produce whisky to mark Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year. The windows and doors had yet to be fitted and a severe blizzard hit the distillery on New Year’s Eve. The employees had to work in heavy coats into the small hours of the morning to produce that one barrel of Speyburn 1897 Scotch whisky.

The decidedly compact whisky distillery sits in the gentle undulations of Moray, just to the north of Rothes. The Speyburn distillery is rather quaint with its pagoda roof and pretty stone buildings, indeed it is said to be Scotland’s most prolifically photographed. In 1916, Distillers Company Limited acquired Speyburn from John Hopkin and they subsequently closed the distillery for the Second World War and did not reopen it until 1947. During this period, two regiments from the Scottish Artillery used the distillery for accommodation.

In 1991, Speyburn distillery was acquired by Inver House and a decade later they in turn are bought out by Pacific Spirits. Pacific Spirits were latterly acquired by Thai Beverages Plc. The Speyburn distillery was the first to use the drum malting system, though they later abandoned it in 1968. The drum maltings have since been protected by Historic Scotland and as such they remain intact at the distillery.

Speyburn Whisky Distillery

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About Speyburn Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 831213

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

2 000 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Inver House Distillers

Distillery Address

Rothes, Aberlour, Morayshire AB38 7AG

Distillery Website


Brothers John and Edward Hopkin and their cousin Edward Broughton found the distillery through John Hopkin & Co. They already own Tobermory. The architect is Charles Doig. Building the distillery costs £17,000 and the distillery is transferred to Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery Company.


Distillers Company Limited (DCL) acquires John Hopkin & Co. and the distillery.


Production stops.


Productions restarts.


Speyburn is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


Drum maltings closes.


Inver House Distillers buys Speyburn.


A 10 year old is launched as a replacement for the 12 year old in the


Pacific Spirits (Great Oriole Group) buys Inver House for $85 million.


A 25 year old Solera is released.


InverHouse changes owner when International Beverage Holdings acquires Pacific Spirits UK.

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Speyburn 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
This 10 year old single malt was a gold medal winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. A classic from the Speyburn distillery.  More info
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A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Speyburn single malt, distilled right at the end of the 1980s. From 1989 to 2013, the whisky slumbered in refill Sherry hogsheads until it was bottled by Gordon &...  More info
Speyburn 25 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
This is a newly released, repackaged Speyburn 25 year old, now at the higher bottling strength of 46% abv - the result is more character and flavour.  More info
From the small Speyburn distillery in the Scottish Highlands comes a 9 year old, sherry butt matured single malt, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside Distillers. 753 bottles of this...  More info
Speyburn Bradan Orach
(70cl, 40%)
Bradan Orach is Gaelic for Golden Salmon, the very best kind of salmon. A no age statement Speyburn, named for the River Spey, a great spot for salmon fishing.  More info
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A very old, and hence rare, bottling of Speyburn 10 year old. This is a great little Highland malt with lots of malty, spicy flavour.  More info
A full litre bottle of the 10 year old from the Speyburn distillery. This was awarded a gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2006.  More info
A 1974 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail, matured in refill sherry butts. The Speyburn distillery has plenty of history, and during the Second World War, it was used to house two regiments of the...  More info
A 30 year old Speyburn distilled in September 1977 and matured in a refill sherry butt before bottling in December 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A sherried 25 year old from Speyburn, vatted using the solera system.  More info
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A very pale, refill butt-matured single cask Speyburn. This was distilled on the 17th January 1980 before a 26 year maturation in cask 110. It was bottled by Signatory for their fabulous Cask Strength...  More info
Single cask Speyburn, bottled by Signatory on the 13th March 2006 following a 26 year maturation in a refill butt (cask number 110). Part of a release of just 598 bottles.  More info
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A 7 year old from Speyburn, distilled in Winter of 2004 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling in Spring of 2012 for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing. Despite the relative youth of...  More info
This seven year old Speyburn was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles the...  More info
This was distilled at the Speyburn distillery in Autumn 2004, before an 8 year single cask maturation in a sherry butt. It was bottled for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing, oddly in “Winter...  More info
An indie bottling of Speyside single malt, matured in a single Sherry butt for 8 years. This citrus-and-toffee-led dram was distilled in autumn 2005, matured in cask 10437 for 8 long years and bottled...  More info

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