Fresh, clean and aromatic with a rich lemony fruitiness
Pale gold with amber highlights
Medium-bodied with a delicate, fruity character with hints of toffee and butterscotch. A sweet long lasting finish.
OTH 85 points - Okay, how many of you have walked past this one thinking the price is just too crazily low for the liquid to be any good? How many have started your whisky life with this and then set it aside? Time to rethink. Speyburn, one of the forgotten distilleries of Rothes, is a charmer. Sweet and fragrant with notes of blossom and a little red fruit on the nose, the palate shows ginger, cream, and rhubarb. (Value Pick)
(Fall 2011) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - (Great Value,Tried & True Award)- Bright golden/wheat field yellow color. Properly malty and cereal driven aroma is biscuity, cookie batter-like. Flavor features off-dry, fruity tastes of baked cherry, baked apple, muesli. Honest, straightforward, nice. (Apr 2016)
This perfectly-balanced single malt whisky was born in the Highlands of Scotland more than a century ago. Itís created using fresh spring water from Speyside. And, itís this soft water which gives our whisky its distinctive character and unique flavour.
|The Speyburn Distillery was founded in 1897 by John Hopkins, who also owned the Tobermory Distillery on Mull. Many locals still refer to the distillery as ‘The Gibbetí [jib-it] because of its location near the ancient ‘Cnock na Croicheí or ‘Hill of the Gibbetí - an old word for gallows.
Hopkins was determined that whisky would be produced to mark the Jubilee year of Queen Victoria. Workers in heavy overcoats toiled through a blizzard on the night of the last day of the year, in a stillhouse without doors or windows, to ensure that one single barrel of 1897 vintage Speyburn was made.
Hopkins sold the distillery in 1916 to Distillers Company Limited, and from 1939 to 1947 the distillery was temporarily closed when the site was used to house two Scottish Artillery regiments. In 1962 Speyburnís two stills were converted from coal-fired to indirect steam heating, and in 1967 the drum maltings ceased operation.
In 1992 the distillery passed into the hands of its current owners, Inver House Distillers
In spite of these changes, the distillery remains much the same as it was 100 years ago. Many of the original features are still intact Ė indeed still being used.