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"Golden amber color, with delicate touches of peach and dates. A silky mouthfeel paves the way for a lasting smoky finish with a kiss of peat."
"Speyburn is a light bodied whisky, nimble across the tongue and offers a mouthwatering display of tantalizing flavors on the palate. Initially, Speyburn comes onto the palate with soft, smooth notes of vanilla, ginger, and caramel before some nice spice and oak notes begin to appear. Grilled peach, apricot preserves and shortbread flavors appear, balanced with hazelnut and almond notes. It is important to note that Speyburn is a sweet and subtle whisky, its delightful flavors won't overwhelm the palate and it would be a great choice for a pre-dinner dram. On the finish, Speyburn develops a more pronounced spiciness with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg tones predominating and subtle undertones of roasted nuts, oak and tobacco present. On the whole, Speyburn is a delightful whisky and one that is sure to please both entry level whisky drinkers as well as whisky enthusiasts. A sure winner and a solid addition to your liquor cabinet." ~ Distillery notes
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Owner InterBev (Inver House Distillers)
Water source Granty Burn
Number of stills 1 wash still, 1 spirit still
Capacity 1,000,000 litres
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 Single Highland Scotch Malt whisky is exported throughout the world and it is currently[when?] the number 9 best selling single malt whisky in the USA