I would class Speyburn as an ‘under the radar’ distillery. There aren’t many bottlings, not even independent ones. And those that are out there, you don’t see much of. So this is the only Speyburn I have seen out in the wild.
The distillery itself is really traditional in the whisky making approach. Traditional cast iron mash tun, wooden washbacks and worm tubs should give the whisky a heavy style.
Speyburn 10 40%
Nose: Citrus- Orange and lemon peel, lime juice, some red apple and pear too, malt, barley, cereal, touch of heat, spearmint.
Taste: Malt, barley, beer, creamy cereal, bit of light spice, some building heat, soft apple and pear, honey. A little salty and artificial caramel.
Finish: Medium length. Lots of barley.
A very malt forward whisky with a good deal of citrus trying to balance it. It doesn’t quite work but I could see some single casks being fantastic. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for independent bottlings at cask strength.
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