Speyburn Distillery


More about Speyburn Distillery

Status Operational
Established: 1897
Owner: Not supplied
Capacity: 2,700,000 litres
Visitor Policy: Not generally accessible
Tel: +44 (0)1340 831 213
Website: http://www.speyburn.com
Founded in 1897 by John Hopkins, locals traditionally refer to the Speyburn Distillery as ‘The Gibbet’ (pronounced ‘jib-it’) because of its location near ‘Cnock na Croiche’ meaning ‘hill of the gibbet’, a gibbet being an old word for gallows. In Late February 2014, Inver House Distillers announced a GBP4m (US$6.7m) expansion programme to double the capacity of its Speyburn Distillery to 4 million litres per annum.


AB38 7AG
Morayshire, Scotland
United Kingdom

Speyburn uses a traditional rake mash tun from which 25,000 litres of wort is pumped into Douglas Fir wash backs. The still room has never been extended and houses a single pair of small stills with comparatively wide necks (converted from coal-fired to indirect steam heating 1962) and worm tub condensers with over 100 metres of copper pipe.

Although 80% of new-make Speyburn is transferred by tanker for aging at Inverhouse's headquarters in Airdrie, the remaining spirit is filled into American oak bourbon casks and aged on site in two traditional stone built dunnage warehouses.