Travel due east from Inverness and eventually you’ll reach Speyburn Distillery, founded over a century ago in 1897. While Speyburn has been making whisky since then, there’s something they haven’t been doing much of during that time — namely, providing tours of their facilities. But after getting their feet wet with a one-off event recently, the distillery has opted to embrace the allure of whisky tourism. And, for those of us who enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a working distillery, that’s an enticing announcement.
As reported by Hannah Staab at VinePair, Speyburn made the initial announcement on its Instagram feed. “After successfully welcoming the public to our distillery during this year’s @spirit_speyside Festival, for which we were awarded the title of ‘Best New Event,’ we are delighted to bring to you our exclusive behind-the-scenes distillery tour and tasting,” the distillery wrote.
Tours are set to begin on August 1, and visitors considering a trip there can book a spot on one now. For adults, a tour and tasting will cost £20, or a little over $25.
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As Speyburn’s initial announcement of the tours noted, the distillery first offered tours earlier this year as part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, and to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Earlier this year, Distillery Manager Euan Henderson said in a statement that “it is truly thrilling to welcome the public into our distillery for the very first time in our history.” Soon, that’ll be a much more frequent occurrence.
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