SPEYBURN AGED 15 YEARS ~ SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND
88/100 Whisky Advocate
82/100 Whisky Base
Gold: Speyside Single Malt Super Premium 2019 - The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Silver: Scotch Single Malt Speyside 2019 - International Wine & Spirit Competition
A 15 year old single malt from the Speyburn distillery, introduced to their range in the latter half of 2017. Maturing in a combination of American and Spanish oak casks for 15 years, this Speysider is particularly creamy and vibrant.
Jake Emen - Distiller "This sherry side of the whisky shows first on the nose, with stewed fruits, prunes, and citrus peel, alongside milk chocolate and cocoa powder. The palate is rich and full, offering chocolate covered cherries, and a multifaceted profile, from vinous-grapey, to jammy, to rancio. All this with the more traditional soft floral, orchard fruit, and hay Speyside characteristics as well. The finish is bold but smooth, with chocolate syrup, oak and tannic spice, and orange zest."
Gavin Smith - Whisky Advocate "A mix of American and Spanish oak casks was used to mature this addition to the core range. A big blast of orchard and tropical fruits characterizes the early nose, along with honey, vanilla, and toffee. The palate also majors in fruit, this time principally oranges, plus caramel, cinnamon, milk chocolate, and lots of vanilla. The finish is quite short, with banana and ginger."
Nose - Marmalade, sawdust, cacao nibs and stroopwafel dipped in coffee.
Palate - Honey'd barley and Tunnock's Caramel Wafers. A flash of flamed orange peel, shortly joined by lemon meringue.
Finish - Brown sugar, honeycomb and dried banana chips.
Speyburn was built in 1897, by Edward Broughton and his two cousins: Edward and John Hopkin. Broughton had previously owned Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
The decidedly compact whisky distillery sits in the gentle undulations of Moray, just to the north of Rothes. The Speyburn distillery was the first to use the drum malting system, though they later abandoned it in 1968. The drum maltings have since been protected by Historic Scotland and as such they remain intact at the distillery.