The Whiskyphiles

Whiskyphile, noun [C] specialized / ˈwɪɪl / a disciplined devotion to whisky, first known use 2013.


Speyburn Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1897

Status: Active

Owner: Inver House

Water source: Granty Burn

Stills: 1x Wash 1x Spirit

Capacity: 1 million litres per annum


The Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery was founded in 1897 by John Hopkins & Company for the sum of £17,000. The site was chosen by John Hopkins himself for its unpolluted water supply from the Granty Burn, one of the major tributaries to the River Spey. Hopkins appointed the famous distillery architect Charles C Doig to design the distillery and to this day Speyburn has its classic pagoda ventilator, a hallmark of Doig’s design.

The proprietors, keen to have production started to ensure that the first fillings could bear the date 1897 – Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee – had scheduled production to begin on 1 November 1897. However, due to delays, the stills did not run until 15 December. When production finally began, the still house was without doors and windows. Under the watchful eye of the distillery’s manager, John Smith, the first spirit was run off in a violent snow storm with the distillery men working in overcoats and mufflers to protect them from the elements. However, the proprietors succeeded in achieving their ambition and one butt was produced and bonded bearing the date 1897.

Speyburn whisky reviews:

  • speyburn-1989-bottled-2013-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Speyburn Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £75.79 from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: COLOUR Dark Straw. Body Light. Finish Medium. Cask Type Refill Sherry Hogsheads. Style Delicate and well balanced. Tasting Note AROMA without water […]
  • speyburn-25-year-old-solera-cask-whisky Speyburn 25 Year Old Solera Cask ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: Speyburn 25 Year Old Solera Cask Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Speyburn Distillery Bottling: Official, Inver House ABV: 46% Cost: £84.14 from Master of Malt [sold out] Score: 89/100 What they say: 25 Year Old Solera Single Malt Scotch Whisky Spicy, sweet, long lasting with a dry finish. Now archived Speyburn 25 […]
  • Speyburn Bradan Orach ~ 40% (Inver House) - Speyburn Bradan Orach 40% ABV, £20 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Water is at the heart of Speyburn Single Malt. Speyburn is the only distillery to use water from the Granty Burn, a tributary of the River Spey famed for its purity and its world-class salmon fishing. This, combined with time-honoured methods of […]
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