Anderson was no stranger to whisky growing up thanks to his family, with his grandfather working as Distillery manager at MiltonDuff, cementing his belief that whisky producing runs in his genes.
Born in Elgin, Anderson joined Speyburn in 2000, having had previous roles at Ardmore, Glentauchers and Glenburgie distilleries. Anderson has worked with a large amount of people within the Speyside region, with many paying respect to Anderson’s retirement announcement.
Inver House Distillers’ Managing Director Martin Leonard was one of those to pay tribute to Anderson’s contributions, saying: “Working with Bobby for over two decades has been an incredible journey. He has nurtured Speyburn with so much pride, and thanks to his contribution, it has become a globally awarded single malt whisky that symbolises all that is special about Scotland’s great Speyside whisky region. Speyburn would not have achieved the success it enjoys today without him at the helm. On behalf of everyone in our business, we want to extend a huge thank you to him and wish him all the best for a long and happy retirement. For many years to come, every cask of whisky rolled out of our warehouses at Speyburn Distillery will be a celebration of his devotion, skill, and outstanding stewardship.”
Among his greatest career highlights, Anderson cites the 2016 refurbishment of Speyburn Distillery under his tenure, as well as the release of the Speyburn 18-year-old in celebrate of its 18th anniversary – currently the highest aged expression in the Speyburn range.
On his retirement and his tenure at Speyburn, Anderson said the following: “It has been an honour to have spent so much of my career at Speyburn, with this small but brilliant distillery team. Working alongside them to craft such a special single malt whisky and putting it out into the world for all to enjoy has been a real privilege. I’ve also been so lucky to come to work every day in what is one of Scotland’s most beautiful distillery sites, and it’s satisfying to know that I’ve done everything I can over the years to preserve the environment that surrounds it. Making a whisky of such great quality, with real care and consideration for the natural landscape around us is a legacy that I’m extremely proud to pass on to the next generation. The golf course is beckoning but I’ll be keeping a close eye on Speyburn and look forward to seeing it progress and achieve further success in the future.”