The Speyburn Distillery opens to public after 126 years


One of Speyside’s most picturesque distilleries will open to the public permanently following the success of their first ever public opening at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival where their sold-out events won “Best New Event”.

After 126 years of making single malt whiskies behind closed doors The Speyburn Distillery will begin offering tours from August 1 including Speyburn’s Old Drum Maltings, a traditional maltings building featuring rarely seen vintage equipment that was mothballed half a century ago and has been locked away and perfectly preserved until today.

Speyburn Distillery Manager Euan Henderson explained that opening to visitors has been a long-held dream for the Distillery team, and that the time is finally right for it to become a reality. He said, “There is something very special about the setting and atmosphere at Speyburn, perhaps because it’s quite a hidden distillery and one that has gone about the business of making award-winning drams that are loved the world over in a very quiet and modest way. But now it’s time to let the world in and we couldn’t be more excited!

“There’s no artifice about the visitor experience we have created. This will be a true taste of Speyside distillery life that will offer an accessible and enjoyable experience for all. This is about the people who make our whiskies welcoming guests into our home to share a taste of Speyburn single malts and the stories and secrets of how they are made.”

Founded by John Hopkins in 1897, Speyburn underwent a £5 million investment programme in 2016, taking 2 years to renovate and expand the Distillery site, combining sustainability and the latest energy efficient technology and allowing it to double capacity from 1.8 million litres to over 4 million litres per year.



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