The Granty Burn
While hunting for the perfect spot for his distillery, Hopkins discovered the Granty Burn - an untouched stream hidden in a secluded Speyside valley. He knew that the exceptionally pure water of this burn would produce a remarkable whisky with a naturally refreshing character. Hopkins trusted his intuition and built the Speyburn distillery right there in the glen, using authentic river stones from the bed of the fast-flowing River Spey itself. Over 100 years after its founding, Speyburn remains the only distillery to use the pure, crystal-clear water of the Granty Burn.
Building in the valley came with its own challenges
These narrow glens aren’t a common spot for distilleries and for good reason. Space was a precious commodity and every last inch had to pull its weight.
Good thing Hopkins was a believer in innovation. Instead of building out, he built our distillery up through the trees. Instead of one vast drying floor, he raised his malt upwards using layer upon layer of mesh, infusing it with the vibrancy of the Speyside air. He embraced the world of invention and ours became the first malt distillery to adopt drum maltings - and one of the first to reap the rewards.
As it turned out Hopkins was a man of his word
On the last night of the year, he and his team toiled through a storm of Arctic proportions to craft a whisky in time to toast the Queen’s Jubilee. Determined that their first bottle would bear the year 1897 on its label, Hopkins and his men battled against the elements wearing overcoats and mufflers to protect them from the freezing snow. After hours of hard work, and with the help of the heroic efforts of his distillery men, Hopkins finally triumphed and was rewarded with the first barrel of Speyburn whisky - a single malt born of instinct.
We trusted our instincts and carved our own path
Today our award-winning family of Scotch whiskies continue to delight those who’re instinctively drawn to them. Bold, bright and full of character, our Speyside single malts are as inspiring to newcomers as they are to seasoned whisky enthusiasts – proving that those who discover Speyburn discover the rewards of instinct. We trusted our instincts and carved our own path. Now it’s your turn. Trust Your Instincts.
Speyburn Distillery founded by John Hopkins
First spirit put into cask in December to mark Queen’s Jubilee
Distillery sold to The Distillers Company Limited
Distillery temporarily closed and used to house the Scottish Artillery Regiments
Distillery reopened for production after Second World War
A tractor replaced the distillery’s horse & cart
Two stills converted from coal-fired to indirect steam heating
Innovative drum maltings ceased operation
Speyburn Distillery sold onto current owners Inver House Distillers