A Speyburn Twitter Tasting

Lukasz from Alembic Comms and The Edinburgh Whisky Blog hosted another Twitter tasting recently. I haven’t gotten around to blogging about it yet, since there was a little festival called Maltstock the next day (and the day after, and the day after that).

The tasting was postponed for a few weeks because of distribution difficulties, so it was a nice warm up for afore mentioned fest. It consisted of the standard Speyburn 10, the to-be-released brand spankin’ new Speyburn 25 and a Speyburn 1975 bottled for ‘the Clan’.

Speyburn 10, 43%

Image from scotchwhisky.net

The nose starts very malty and not too mature. Oatmeal and dry porridge. Thin at first with honey and richer scents after that. Star apple, old corky apples too and some cardboard. On the palate it’s light and slightly spicy. Classic Speyside style with sweet apple, apple seeds for bitterness and fairly thin. The finish is light and short. Honey and apple again, but also some pear.

2 stars

Speyburn 25, 46%
The old Solera version will be discontinued but this one will replace it somewhere later this year. I hope it’s comparable in price, since the Solera was under 100 quid.

The nose starts of luxurious with old grains and quite some wood. Very nice! Quite some fruit with boiled fruit juice too. Honey, allspice. Very, very good. The flavour is warming with loads of fruit and spices. Quite some ginger, wood, peach and other tropical fruits. The finish is rather long with fruit (apples) and more spicy, in a friendly way, smooth.

5 stars

Speyburn 1975, 55.8% ‘Clan Speyburn’
Loads of ripe tropical fruits, with tinned fruit mix too and some Christmas cake. Honey as well but not too sherried. Light notes of leather and nuts. The nuts gain a bit of power and there’s some wood too. Orange liquor, rum, molasses. The taste shows more bite than the previous samples (duh, it’s cask strength). Sugary with rum hints. Sweet orange and more and more Christmas cake with chocolate. The finish then. It really revives with loads of sweet citrus and chocolate.

5 stars

My favourite was the 25 year old. The sherried version was stunning too, but currently I’m more into bourbon casks and somewhat more mellow drams that show a lot of depth and complexity.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to A Speyburn Twitter Tasting

  1. Slainte, Sjoerd
    i did not see any other posts about this one, and I was worried i missed something 😉 i have to re-taste my samples then. Sadly while you were twitter tasting it, i was trying to get a bit of sleep befre my plane to Maltstock. I tried the Cask bottling and thought it wonderful, and very curious about this 25 year old as i seemed to like quite a bit the 25 Solera . i do think SB is underrated and should get more attention as it is capable of producing some amazing (older) drams.

    • I couldn’t find much publicity either (and I had to get some info on the drams, already threw the paper out). The 25yo is stunning, as is the 1975, but as described above, I prefer the 25. I do think they need higher age and would have loved the 25 at a slightly higher ABV.

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