Stuart Harvey calls Speyburn a “surprising” whisky that is “hugely under-rated.”
We sampled the Speyburn 10 year together with Stuart Harvey, master distiller with Inver House responsible for Balblair, Old Pulteney, AnCnoc and Speyburn whiskies – both at a sociable ‘home appreciation’ evening and then the next night at a masterclass.
Speaking about the Speyburn distillery, Stuart shared it is one of the 1st mechanical malting in the world, with an onion shaped still that produces heavy oils from its squat shape. The whisky is then matured in American oak bourbon casks, with some time in sherry butts for finishing.
And what did we find with the 10 year?
- Colour – Bright yellow
- Nose – Lots of sour honey, overripe bananas, fruity on the citrus side, light sherry notes
- Taste – Bit chewy, buttery, toffee, coffee and caramel, bitter, slightly raw, yet full-bodied, a hint of salt. Spicy yet surprisingly light with a citrus twist
- Finish – Quite peaty, a bit dry
- Water – Smooths it out
- Ice – Cranks up the sweetness on the nose, adds a freshness
Interestingly, it was the least expensive of the whiskies sampled with the Inver House folks, however it was also one which appealed to many at the ‘home appreciation’ evening… Partly as it works well with the desi style to drinking whisky… chill with ice and drown with water!
The next evening in the Masterclass it also held its own… It will be interesting to see whether Speyburn tickles the desi whisky palate and gains popularity. It certainly does well in the US, so why not India?
Here’s what the Speyburn folks have to say about the 10 year:
- Nose – Fresh, clean with a hint of lemon
- Taste – Medium bodied with hints of toffee & butterscotch and a long, sweet finish. A global favourite, Speyburn 10 year old is ever the crowd-pleaser.
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