Dec 9, 2014

Speyburn 10yo...

Speyburn 10yo (43.0%): This is not a sample bottle I received. It actually is a full size bottle I purchased a few weeks ago. I was reading and listening about Speyburn 10yo from different people for quite some time and as you know I have a soft spot for moderately priced whiskies... So I picked the bottle one day and cracked it open tonight when it is miserably pouring outside. I remember having the 25yo expression before at an SMWS event and being very impressed by. Let's see how the 10yo release tastes like. Color: Polished yellow gold. Nose: Yeasty, citrusy and doughy: Lemon cookies dough, mandarin and kumquat zest. A little sour: Young Gouda cheese and spoiled milk. Green wood, very subtle peat and hefty dose of vanilla. Airing the whisky shortly takes care of the sulphury and sour notes. Much better and floral now. Rose petals, jonquils and raw honey. A few drops of water add old newspapers and wool sweaters. Quite nice. Palate: Peat is more present than the nose but still at a distance. Soft baked oatmeal cookies, muesli, caramel filling and anise seeds. Adding water highlights the peat but cuts down the mouthfeel a lot. A little too easy to make it watery. Finish: To be honest way longer for its caliber. Not loud but lingering. Anise, soft barbecue smoke, lemon juice and malt. I think the finish was my favorite part of this dram. Very comforting and wintery. Overall: It's hands down an amazing value for the price...  It is a steal for a bottle under thirty bucks. A very old school and beautifully crafted whisky. Actually the distillery character reminded me a little of Springbank. This bottle won't last long in this household. I think I will start to look for other Speyburn expressions from independent bottlers. It made me excited...