In 1897 John Hopkins vowed to build a distillery and craft a whisky in time to toast Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (60th year of her reign). He discovered a unique spot in the heart of Speyside. Granty Burn was an untouched stream nestled in a secluded valley. The pure water of the burn would help produce an incredible whisky. To this day Speyburn is the only distillery to use the water of Granty Burn.
Production officially started on November 1st, 1897 and after few hiccups, the team successfully distilled their first whiskey on Christmas day. Then on the last day of the year the crew fought through ice and snow to deliver the cask of whiskey to the dunnage warehouse in time to toast the Jubilee.
Becoming a successful distillery in its own right, in 1916 Speyburn was sold to The Distillers Company Limited. The only time the distillery closed its doors was in 1939, to house the Scottish Artillery Regiments for the duration of World War 2. Production resumed in 1947 and throughout the years the distillery saw upgrades to production. The horse and cart were replaced by a tractor, coal fired heat was replaced by steam. In 1992 Speyburn joined with Inver House Distillers and have been continuing excellent whiskey production ever since.