Review No.70. Speyburn 10 Year Old

I don’t really have much to say about Speyburn.  That’s because I don’t often see it being mentioned on the various blogs/vlogs/websites and forums that I follow.  Also, I just find the branding quite boring, it doesn’t stand out (not that it is the most important thing).  Even the tasting notes that I have come across online does not make me want to rush out and buy a bottle.  The little that I do know is that Speyburn is quite popular in the US, they produce a 10 year old and a 15 year old as their age statement bottles and they also produce a few non age statement bottles.  The tasting notes that I have read suggest that this is an easy going inoffensive malt with the type of flavour profile you would expect from a highland whisky.


Whisky: Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt, 40%

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, pineapple, melon, green apple, grass, smoke

Taste: Malt, vanilla, pear, apple, honey, oak

Finish: Honey lemsip, ginger, oak

Score: 2.25

Summary: This Speyburn was what I expected in terms of flavour but exceeded my expectations in terms of delivery.  I enjoyed the light delicate fruitiness to this with the undertones of smoke.  Vanilla, pears, apples and honey fits a typical highland/speyside style and overall it feels well put together.  A drop of water helped bring some of the flavours to the fore.  There were no offensive notes with this which makes it an ideal single malt for those that are just getting into whisky but for those of you that are well into your journey then I would say it is worth giving this a try if you fancy a change from your everyday sipper.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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