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Already a successful whisky merchant, John Hopkins was determined to build his own distillery and produce the finest golden scotch. 

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THE GRANTY BURN

For generations, the Speyside region of Scotland has been known to contain some of the cleanest and most mineral rich waters in the world. This is what drew Hopkins to the area in search of the perfect place to found a distillery. After a long time hunting for the right spot, Hopkins finally discovered a secluded valley near a freshwater tributary of the River Spey, and there he found Granty Burn, an untouched hidden stream. He knew that the exceptionally pure water of this burn would produce a remarkable whisky with a naturally refreshing character. It is here that he broke ground and founded the Speyburn Distillery, beginning his legacy.

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BUILDING IN THE VALLEY CAME WITH IT'S OWN CHALLENGES

One of the many challenges John Hopkins and his team had to overcome in establishing the distillery close to the pure water source was in the physical placement of the building. Rather than force the distillery onto the natural landscape Hopkins invited world-renowned architect Charles C. Doig to integrate the distillery more sympathetically into the surroundings. This meant designing an entirely new style of distillery and building over 3 levels to fit into the steep valley’s topography. Doig’s ingenious solution to the limited space includes the now iconic pagoda ventilator which allows for a constant current of air to flow over the grains

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125 YEARS IN THE MAKING

It takes more than just the finest ingredients to produce Speyburn single malt scotch whisky. Generations of experience, talent and determination.

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AS IT TURNED OUT HOPKINS WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD

Even before the distillery was complete and still without doors and windows, Hopkins was keen to produce the first golden batch of spirit to recognise Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Hopkins and his team worked tirelessly, overcoming many challenges including artic storms and in the last days of December 1897 the first barrel of Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky left the distillery bonded with that special date.

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SPEYBURN IS SPEYSIDE

125 years since distilling our first drop, Speyburn is now more than a whisky. Bold, bright and full of character, our Speyside single malts are as inspiring to newcomers as they are to seasoned whisky enthusiasts, allowing everyone, everywhere to enjoy the beautiful simplicity of Speyside. Today we are proud to symbolise all that is special about this great region. To celebrate Speyside, we currently offer a range of expressions. Whichever Speyburn offering is selected, you can expect to enjoy the classic taste of Speyside in every dram. After all, Speyburn is Speyside.