SPEYBURN 18 YO
89/100 Whisky Advocate
85/100 Whisky Base
Silver: Scotch Single Malt Speyside 2019 - International Wine & Spirit Competition
This stunning Speyburn was matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks for 18 years before being bottled at 46% ABV.
Colin Howard - Distiller "Speyburn's 18 year doles out many of the classic traits that make Speyside single malts so charming. Aromas of croissant and bread crust are balanced with contrasting notes of honey and chili flake. On the tongue, the weight from the sherry cask maturation and worm tub distillation are most apparent with a delicious blend of stewed stone fruit and cracked pepper notes."
Gavin Smith - Whisky Advocate "Aged in American and Spanish oak. Figs, cinnamon, and pineapple up front on the nose; in time, smoky fudge. The palate is rich and creamy, with more fudge, honey, and tangerines. The orange note becomes more bitter, accompanied by lively spices and subtle woodsmoke. Long in the finish, with peppery oak."
Nose - Rich toffee, sugar coated almonds and sweet, fresh tropical fruits alongside toffee apples and whispers of smoke.
Palate - Luxurious melted dark chocolate, balanced by a hint of citrus and a touch of oak spiciness.
Finish - Very smoky, long and slightly bittersweet.
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.