Speyburn is maybe the least sexy of all Inverhouse distilleries : while anCnoc and Balblair are releasing new expressions quite often, Speyburn has not really been active in recent years. Of course there are a few basic expressions, and some good 25 year olds (and a great single cask here and there), but still, the brand is not very popular in most countries. Last year (2017), Speyburn has rebranded it’s basic range, there’s a new packaging and new label and the bottles look better. In addition to the re-branded bottles, the distillery has also released a brand new 15 year old, which I was lucky enough to taste with the other two expressions on a live Facebook event hosted by Brand Ambassador Lukasz Dynowiak. I know I’ve reviewed the 10 yo in the past, but this was a good opportunity to try and review the three together, So why not?
The first whisky to be reviewed today is the ‘Bradan Orach’: Gaelic for ‘Golden Salmon’, Bradan Orach is an entry level Speyside whisky, matured exclusively in American Oak ex-bourbon casks. This bright single malt was named in honour of the world-class salmon fishing found on the River Spey.
Speyburn ‘Bradan Orach’, 40% abv, £24
This is quite a basic, entry level malt, as can be expected. It’s not bad, but not very interesting as well, quite fresh yet not impressive, and mostly aimed at beginners looking for a budget malt for the same amount of a decent blended whisky. I would look elsewhere, but it good for what it is – a young basic malt.
The next whisky we’re about to review boasts an age statement, ans is matured in a combination of American Oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. I’ve reviewed this one five or so years ago, and Although I do not remember it very well, I do remember it was Ok-ish, no more.
Speyburn 10 yo , 40% abv, £30
Speyburn 15 yo, 46% abv, £58
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