Speyside’s historic Speyburn Distillery is now open to the public, permanently, after teasing visitors with a public viewing at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival.
Speyburn officials said, in a prepared statement, that their new visitor experience will give whisky fans the opportunity to look at an authentic, behind-the-scenes experience of Speyside distilling life.
They’ve been making award-winning single malt whiskies behind closed doors for more than 126 years. Booking is now open at Speyburn’s website for the distillery’s three daily tours.
Speyburn Distillery Manager Euan Henderson explained that the decision to unlock the distillery gates comes after several one-off events during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival earlier this year.
It was then the distillery team saw that tickets sold out within 12 hours. And to boot, Speyburn took home the “Best New Event” award at the festival.
On the new tour, visitors will take a nearly-two-hour tour around the distillery, the location of which is tucked away in a leafy glen on the edge of Forres near Aberlour … the same spot entrepreneur and Speyburn founder John Hopkins chose to build his distillery on in 1897.
Whisky enthusiasts will get to see into Speyburn’s Old Drum Maltings, a traditional maltings building featuring three floors of vintage equipment mothballed a half a century ago.
The tours will discuss Speyburn’s environmental credentials, and the measures the distillery team takes to protect the surrounding environment and make their sustainably-produced whisky.
Distillery Manager Henderson said, “There is something very special about the setting and atmosphere at Speyburn, 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, he added, it’s time to let the world in and “we couldn’t be more excited … 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.”
For more information, check out www.speyburn.com.
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