November 28, 2016—The 7th Annual New York International Spirits Competition recently named Speyburn as their 2016 Speyside Distillery of the Year. Held in October in New York City, close to 600 spirits from around the world competed in a blind tasting where top spirits buyers from around New York state judged the entries according to category and price.
The award comes on the heels of several other recent accolades and awards.
A standout for the brand has been the introduction of the limited release Arranta Casks, available only in the U.S. In 2015, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Speyburn Arranta Casks one of the Top 100 Spirits of 2015. The marque is unique for its exclusive use of first fill American Oak ex-bourbon casks and draws its rich color and full-bodied flavor from the quality and character of the wood. The limited release single malt received 93 points designating it as an “Excellent” selection and “highly recommended” by the esteemed publication.
In 2016, Arranta Casks received three gold and silver medals combined, along with an “Outstanding” designation from top competitions including the International Spirits Challenge, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Over the past two years, Speyburn’s core portfolio has also been acknowledged with a myriad of top awards. In 2015, Speyburn Bradan Orach received a Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 96 points in 2016 from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, along with a “Great Value” designation. The Speyburn 10 Years Old single malt received 93 points and the designation of “Excellent” in the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. In 2015/2016, the two expressions combined received another nine silver medals at competitions from around the world.
Known as Scotland’s most picturesque distillery, Speyburn is nestled in a secluded Speyside glen, and is the only distillery to draw on the pure waters of the Granty Burn, a tributary of the River Spey, for the creation of its award-winning whisky. Ever since John Hopkins founded the distillery over a hundred years ago, Speyburn has continued to harness the natural elements of the Spey valley to create a unique single malt Scotch whisky.
Continuously innovating throughout the years, Speyburn has recently undergone major expansion following ongoing customer demand and long-term forecasted growth. Alongside this expansion, which has significantly reduced the distillery’s carbon footprint and allowed it to increase production considerably, Speyburn has retained its time-honored distillation methods and many of its original features, such as its pagoda roof, wooden wash backs, unique stills and traditional dunnage warehouse. It is thanks to this balance of tradition and innovation that Speyburn has earned more than 30 awards since 2012 including numerous gold and double gold medals.
Speyburn Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky was first distilled on December 15, 1897, the diamond jubilee year of Queen Victoria. Today, Speyburn continues to use the time-honored tradition distillation methods that created the single barrel of the 1897 vintage. The portfolio includes Speyburn Bradan Orach, Speyburn 10 years old and Arranta Casks.