Hotaling & Co.

Hotaling & Co.

Speyburn

Rothes, Scotland

John Hopkins

Speyside founder, John Hopkins discovered a unique spot, in the heart of Speyside, ideal for making exceptionally smooth whisky. The region was already famous for its whisky however what John Hopkins brought to Speyside was an innovative spirit and the determination to do things right. In 1897 Queen Victoria was celebrating the 60th year of her reign and Hopkins, never one to let a celebration go to waste, set himself a challenge. He said he could build a distillery and craft a whisky in time to toast the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Granty Burn

While hunting for the perfect spot for his distillery, Hopkins discovered the Granty Burn - an untouched stream hidden in a secluded Speyside valley. He knew that the exceptionally pure water of this burn would produce a remarkable whisky with a naturally refreshing character. Then, enlisting the help of world famous innovator and architect, Charles C. Doig, they designed a building that worked within the constraints of the land.

The Distillery

These narrow glens aren’t a common spot for distilleries and for good reason. Space was a precious commodity and every last inch had to pull its weight, it’s fair to say, Hopkins’ task was not easy. He had to be resourceful and open-minded. Equally, though, it was an opportunity he could not afford to pass up. Instead of building out, he built our distillery up through the trees. Instead of one vast drying floor, he raised his malt upwards using layer upon layer of mesh, infusing it with the vibrancy of the Speyside air.

History

On the last night of the year, Hopkins and his team toiled through a storm of Arctic proportions to craft a whisky in time to toast the Queen’s Jubilee. Determined that their first bottle would bear the year 1897 on its label, the men battled against the elements wearing overcoats and mufflers to protect them from the freezing snow. After hours of hard work and with heroic efforts of his distillery men, Hopkins finally triumphed and was rewarded with the first barrel of Speyburn whisky.

Speyburn is Speyside

120 years since distilling the first drop, Speyburn is now more than a whisky. Bold, bright and full of character, our Speyside single malts are as inspiring to newcomers as they are to seasoned whisky enthusiasts, allowing everyone, everywhere to enjoy the beautiful simplicity of Speyside. Today Speyside proudly symbolises all that is special about this great region. To celebrate Speyside, we currently offer a range of expressions; Bradan Orach, Speyburn 10 Years Old and Speyburn 15 Years Old. Whichever Speyburn offering is selected, you can expect to enjoy the classic taste of Speyside in every dram. After all, Speyburn is Speyside.

Products:

Speyburn Bradan Orach
Bradan Orach

Gaelic for ‘Golden Salmon’, Bradan Orach is a classic, welcoming Speyside whisky, matured exclusively in American Oak ex-bourbon casks. This bright single malt was named in honour of the world-class salmon fishing found on the River Spey. 40% ABV

Tasting Notes:
  • Taste: Subtle with honey and vanilla, yet full bodied. Creamy and smooth with a long spicy finish. Energetic and appealing, this is the brightest member of the Speyburn range.
  • 92 Points, Great Value | Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018
  • Tried & True Award | Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018
  • Double Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015
Speyburn 10 Years Old
10 Years Old

Speyburn 10 years old single malt is matured in a combination of American Oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. 40% ABV

Tasting Notes:
  • Taste: Medium bodied with hints of toffee & butterscotch and a long, sweet finish. A global favourite, Speyburn 10 years old is ever the crowd-pleaser.
  • Gold Medal | New York International Spirits Competition 2020
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019
Speyburn 15 Years Old
15 Years Old

Fifteen years maturing in American oak and Spanish oak casks have allowed this bold whisky to embrace the rich, natural elements of Speyside. 46% ABV

Tasting Notes:
  • Taste: On the palate there are notes of oranges, toffee, vanilla and leather, all wrapped together with a gentle spice. The long lasting finish has a warming spice which is sweet and creamy.
  • Gold Medal | New York International Spirits Competition 2020
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020
  • 91 Points | International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019
Speyburn 18 Years Old
18 Years Old

Beautifully matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks for 18 years, this outstanding Single Malt not only brings to life the natural vibrancy of Speyside but embodies a distillery’s devotion to its craft. 46% ABV

Tasting Notes:
  • Taste: Creamy dark chocolate, toffee, a gently oak spiciness and a touch of citrus give way to a long, slightly smoky finish with an enticing bittersweet edge.
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020
  • 93 Points | Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019
Speyburn Arranta Casks
Arranta Casks

Inspired by the Gaelic word meaning 'intrepid and daring', Arranta Casks Single Malt has been crafted using specially selected, first fill ex-bourbon casks in American Oak, to give this spicy Scotch whisky a uniquely bold and characterful flavour profile. Our Distillery Manager hand-selects each one, marking it with his distinctive 'A-star' seal of approval. 46% ABV

Available exclusively in the USA.

Tasting Notes:
  • Taste: Bold and full bodied with a long-lasting finish of spicy, citrus and honey notes.
  • Silver Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020
  • Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019
  • 95 Points | Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019
Speyburn Companion Cask
Companion Cask

Speyburn Companion Cask is a tribute to the enduring connection and rich traditions shared by Speyside and Kentucky. It celebrates Speyburn’s long history of only using the best casks, sourced from Kentucky’s finest distillers.

Meticulously air-dried in the traditional way and with the last drops of sweet bourbon extracted, these sought-after, empty casks were shipped to Speyside, where they were filled with smooth, Speyburn spirit.

They mellowed in our traditional dunnage warehouse, whilst the subtle complexities of the oak, and the soft, Speyside air, added to the character of the whisky. The result; a collection of unique single casks of sweet, creamy whisky with vanilla and citrus notes and a warm, smooth aftertaste. 46% ABV

Available exclusively in the USA.

Tasting Notes:
  • Taste: Sweet, honey, vanilla, caramel, nutty, spicy, leathery, bitter chocolate. The finish is medium, sweet, with creamy honey, spices, warming, tongue tingling and lip-smacking.