Speyburn 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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Speyburn 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$149. 99
$1799.88 Dozen
ABV: 46%

A big seller in the US, but almost unkown in Australia, since 1991 Speyburn has been a part of the Inverhouse group with their fifteen year old debuting in 2017. The set up is slightly unusual, including steam driven stills and worm tubs. The result has been described as "...a deliberately sulphury new make [think Knockdhu, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie] which changes in cask to reveal the singular delicate, fragrant character which lies underneath." 46% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... Well done: Not an off sherry butt in sight, helping to make this an enjoyably rich and fulsome malt. One of the most inventive and sympathetic Speyburns of all time. 91 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2023

...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. 88 points - whiskyadvocate.com

... Colour: pale gold. Nose: leafier than the official 10, grassier, with even more raw barley, green tea leaves, grapeseed oil, some kind of greener plasticine, clay… Something clearly musty as well, the potato pit… etc. I find it really austere, but this rusticity’s pretty interesting. Unusual for sure. Mouth: rather sweeter and rounder, but all the leafy elements are still sitting there in the shadows. Vanilla-ed porridge, leather, bitter oranges, green tea, hints of spinach and sorrel… Good body at a good strength. Finish: rather long, rather on spices. Green spices, naturally, cardamom, a touch of mustard… Comments: serious whisky, perhaps a tad unsexy at times but at least it feels very honest, which I like. 80 points - whiskyfun.com