Scottish whisky distillery Speyburn in Rothes will finally open its doors permanently to visitors from August 1st.
After the success of their first-ever public opening at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival, the distillery will now offer three daily tours, which will run every week from Tuesday through to Saturday,
Giving whisky fans the chance to enjoy an authentic, behind-the-scenes experience of Speyside distilling life, the tours will provide a genuine experience and tasting opportunity of one of Speyside’s best-kept secrets.
“There is something very special about the setting and atmosphere at Speyburn,” explained Speyburn Distillery Manager Euan Henderson, “perhaps because it’s 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 it’s time to let the world in, and we couldn’t be more excited!
The milestone decision to unlock the Distillery gates follows the success of several special one-off events during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival earlier this year, during which the Distillery team were delighted when tickets sold out within 12 hours. In addition to the positive feedback received, Speyburn secured the prestigious ‘Best New Event’ award at the festival.
Guests can look forward to an exploratory 1 hour 45 minutes tour around the Distillery, which is tucked away in a beautiful leafy glen on the edge of Forres near Aberlour: a location that has lost none of the quiet charm that first appealed to entrepreneur and Speyburn founder John Hopkins when he chose to build his distillery on this spot back in 1897.
“There’s no artifice about the visitor experience we have created, Henderson continued. “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.
“There are 126 years of previously unseen distilling history here just waiting to be discovered in the heart of Speyside – so make sure you don’t miss your slot on one of our tours this summer.”
There’s a special treat for whisky enthusiasts, with a fascinating peek into Speyburn’s Old Drum Maltings: a traditional Maltings building featuring three impressive floors of rarely seen vintage equipment. Mothballed half a century ago, it has lain locked and perfectly preserved until today, offering guests a unique glimpse into Speyside distilling history.
The tours will also provide an insight into Speyburn’s environmental credentials and the measures the Distillery team are taking to protect the surrounding environment and make their whisky one of the most sustainably produced on the market today.