This Speyburn bottling is dedicated to John Hopkins, the man who founded the distillery in 1897.
Hopkins chose the spot due to the ample source of pure water provided by the Granty Burn. The distillery was designed by Charles C Doig, the most famous distillery architect of the time, and as such features his hall – the beautiful Pagoda ventilator.
Hopkins had a keen eye for marketing, and was desperate that his distillery be operational within the year of 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, so the first fillings could carry the year on the label. He just about got his wish, with the first spirit trickling from the stills in mid-December of that year.
This bottling was originally designed to be a travel retail exclusive. The whisky has been matured in American oak barrels that previously held a peated malt, giving this bottling a faint peaty tang.
The dram serves up notes of toffee apple, candied ginger, citrus rind, vanilla, some slight flowers, bright malt sweetness, gentle peat smoke, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
The whisky is bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill-filtered and diluted with water from the Granty Burn – Hopkins would be proud!