The Speyburn Distillery was founded in 1897 by John and Edward Hopkins along with their cousin Edward Broughton at a cost of £17,000, sold in 1916 to DCL who ran the distillery until 1930 when production ceased until 1934 when spirit once again flowed from the stills.
The distillery changes hands again in 1962 when Scottish Malt Distillers take control before Inverhouse Distillers buys Speyburn in 1992 and still continue to run operations to this day..
The distillery is one of only a handful still using worm tubs and along with one wash still and two spirit stills the distillery has the capacity to produce 4.5 million litres of alcohol per year.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
When it comes to oddities there is no better example within the whisky industry than TBWC and those cryptic labels.. Todays label consists of a fish wearing a tweed jacket and I can only assume that is in reference to the river Spey and the salmon fishing done by Gentlemen wearing tweed ? ( And the ladies too !! I don’t want to be accused of sexism ! ) and of course the local land owners but its probably far more interesting than that..
Batch 3 Speyburn 10 Year old
Age.. 10 years
Cask.. Ex Bourbon
Outturn.. 1540 bottles
Bottler.. That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Nose.. Apple peel. freshly cut damp grass, lemon peel, pear and a subtle hint of digestive biscuits..
Palate.. Peppery at first with a little ginger heat to boot.. Subtle hints of chocolate, coffee bean, citrus peel bitterness and honey.
Finish.. Drying and a little bitter
Thoughts.. I think this one is sitting on the fence for me, I am just not sure.. There is nothing wrong with this malt but its not jumping out at me at this moment, it might be the timing or it might be me but its not happening..