Whisky Focus - Speyburn Distillery Opens Its Doors To Visitors After 126 Years

Speyburn Distillery Opens Its Doors To Visitors After 126 Years

20th July 2023
Speyburn, one of Speysideís most picturesque distilleries, will open to the public permanently after 126 years.

Speyburn Distillery

Following the successful public opening at this year's Spirit of Speyside Festival, one of the most picturesque distilleries in Speyside will now be permanently open to the public. Whisky enthusiasts can look forward to an authentic behind-the-scenes experience of Speyside distilling life.

Speyburn Distillery in Rothes, known for producing award-winning single malt whiskies behind closed doors for 126 years, will open its doors to visitors starting from August 1st. Booking for the Distillery's three daily tours, running from Tuesdays to Saturdays, is now available on Speyburn's website.

The decision to make this milestone change came after the overwhelming success of special one-off events during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The positive response and sold-out tickets within 12 hours led to Speyburn winning the prestigious 'Best New Event' award at the festival.

Previously hidden from fans, the new tours will allow visitors to witness firsthand how this acclaimed single malt is crafted. Guests can enjoy an exploratory 1 hour 45 minutes tour of the Distillery, nestled in a beautiful leafy glen on the edge of Forres near Aberlour. The location retains the serene charm that attracted entrepreneur and founder John Hopkins to build the distillery there in 1897.

Original buildings, features, and stonework still stand, inviting guests to immerse themselves in Speyburn's world. From the crystal-clear water sourced from the Granty Burn to the filling of casks in traditional dunnage warehouses, the experience offers a genuine peek into Speyside's best-kept secrets.

A highlight for whisky enthusiasts is a captivating visit to Speyburn's Old Drum Maltings, a traditional building housing rarely seen vintage equipment on three impressive floors. Mothballed half a century ago and perfectly preserved, it offers a unique glimpse into Speyside's distilling history.

In addition to the tour's richness, visitors will learn about Speyburn's commitment to the environment and the measures taken to ensure their whisky is one of the most sustainably-produced in the market 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 itís 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 itís time to let the world in and we couldnít be more excited!

"Thereís 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. Thereís 126 years of previously unseen distilling history here just waiting to be discovered in the heart of Speyside - so make sure you donít miss your slot on one of our tours this summer."

Speyside Distillery Tour Times & Prices

Speyburn Distillery tours run from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Tours are 1 hour and 45 minutes each, 10 guests maximum per tour.
Adults £20, children aged 12 Ė 17 can attend for £10

Book a Speyburn tour online at https://www.speyburn.com/visit-us/tours, or by telephoning +44 (0) 7977 706676

If you will not be lucky enough to visit Speyburn Distillery you can still find the current whisky range available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop, Master of Malt and Hard To Find Whisky

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