如果让全苏格兰的酒厂一起来接受投票,Speyburn必然是被选为最美丽的酒厂.在日益热闹的苏格兰,Speyburn肯定是个世外桃源,坐落在Speyside/ Rothes,它就像是襁褓中的婴儿被山谷怀抱其中,在那里,一切时光仿佛都靜止了下來,空气中时时刻刻都满溢着平静的感受,这样的地方会出产什么样的威士忌呢?

Speyburn是一个小得不能再小的蒸馏厂,然而,麻雀虽小,五脏俱全,因为它有着完美的规划配置,其一主要归功于这块土地环境的优美,其二乃建筑师Charles Doig使用高度的变化来取代宽度的需要爭取出更多的空间,像是酒厂的发麦采用特殊滚筒式的发麦取代习惯性的地板发麦來降低水平空间的占用,包括储存陈年橡木桶的仓库都有两三个楼层不同的空间,上下灵活运用,就是这些涉及,让Speyburn变得与众不同.

建立于1897年的Speyburn蒸馏厂,除了原来的发麦已不再自行生产,蒸馏厂里所有原始的蒸馏配备,在过去的100年几乎沒有太大的改变,直到目前仍保持只有一对蒸馏器,换言之,这产量真是少的可怜,在这充满风光明媚的地方少量的生产威士忌,完全不像商业的作法.其冷凝器也采用老式虫管(worm tub)的做法,时光像是完全的停止在100年前的怀旧风格中,无怪乎连苏格兰人都认为这是个遗世独立的桃花源.

不只是物理环境,酒厂一派田园风格,这儿釀出的威士忌就像这四周环境一样,温柔(soft),甜美(sweet),温順的(gentle),一定值得一试,透过你的舌尖将你带往陶渊明的理想国度.
 
Speyburn 10y入口有最丰富的油酯表现,简单而细腻的口感,再加上最后出厂的1975年的Speyburn 30y 完全无冷凝过滤,原桶裝酒,保持58.8%的酒精浓度,一点都沒退化的酒体,美丽而悠長,30年的仍保持著酒的活性,让大家了解到这个酒厂的陈年实力,不容小看。
 
Often described as the most photographed distillery in Scotland, Speyburn Distillery sits nestling in a valley on the northern edge of Rothes. There is a timeless feel and an air of serenity - the type of place whisky was meant to be made.
The distillery has a compact layout, due mainly to the geography of the land. The architect, Charles Doig, designed the distillery using height as opposed to width. The unique drum maltings occupy a smaller area than a conventional floor maltings and other buildings, including the cask warehouses, are on two or three levels.
Very little has changed over the last 100 years with most
of the original features still intact - indeed still being used, although the maltings are no longer in production. Once milled the grist and hot water is transferred to a traditional rake mash tun from which 25,000 litres of wort is pumped into Douglas Fir wash backs. The still room has never been extended and houses a single pair of stills. True to form the alcohol vapours are condensed using over 100 metres of copper pipe emerged in cold water worm tubs.
Although 80% of Speyburn is tankered away to be filled at Inverhouse's headquarters at Airdrie, the remaining spirit is filled into cask and stored in one of two warehouses for single malt use. Both have two floors and use wooden rails and tables to store casks two and three high.

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