We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it’s our Malt of the Month, then you won’t be disappointed. This month we’ve chosen:
SPEYBURN 15 YEAR OLD
Speyburn 15 Year Old is a recently introduced addition to the distillery’s range. A mix of whisky matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, it balances the distillery’s creamy orchard fruit character against dried fruit and elegant spice. The perfect step up from the ever-popular Speyburn 10 Year Old.
FROM THE PRODUCER
* COLOUR: Amber with gold highlights.
*NOSE: Hints of rich dark chocolate with spicy notes of raisins, zesty citrus fruits and vanilla.
*TASTE: On the palate there are notes of oranges, toffee, vanilla and leather, all wrapped together with a gentle spice. The long-lasting finish has a warming spice which is sweet and creamy.
Found in 1897, Speyburn has been quietly producing whisky ever since. Hemmed in by the Granty Burn – the source of the distillery’s name and water – and its steep banks, Speyburn’s pagoda roof pokes up above the trees as you drive into the town of Rothes.
Already in the top 10 most popular Scotch whiskies in the USA, Speyburn has now turned its eyes to the rest of the world. The launch of the 15 Year Old marks a new era for Speyburn, with an expanded range of drams and more people now able to try the distillery’s classic Speyside whisky.
1 CUSTOMER REVIEW
Having tried a taster bottle of this, I have to agree with the people that gave it a silver medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017. It is a lovely dram, that hits all the notes it claims. It reminded sort of me of a more refined and complex Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera. However, I find it hard to justify an extra ?20 for this extra flavor over the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera. You get a dram almost as nice for almost 1/2 the price. If money is of no concern then get the Speyburn it IS nicer. No question a well deserved silver medal winner, but if you can’t push the boat of for it then the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera is a good substitute / budget equivalent.