- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- American Oak & Spanish Oak Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L17/253 R17/5323 IB 08 54
- Added on
- 13 Sep 2017 3:44 pm by Nidan
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Whisky Reviews for Speyburn 15-year-old
18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.26 points
- Wow effect, toffee, sweet citruses, milk chocolate with nuts, apples in alcohol. Concentrated, sweet, peppery. Very nice, eyes roll
- (Disclaimer: is my first whisky on the day for tasting - I have to test it again)
light fruits on the nose, but does not look like a 15-year-old, more like a boisterous 8-year-old;
which is not bad as such, but you expect even more sedate aromas at 15 years of age.
Nothing new in the taste, fruit, malt, slight bitterness. Then it's gone very quickly,
[77 - 75 = above average -> goes like this]
fresh light fruits, apricots, (still unripe) pears, citrus-sour nuances that are reminiscent of lychee;
grassy aroma, vanilla and a little honey.
Light spice far in the background.
Over time, the icing sugar sweetness decreases somewhat, but a beer-yeast-malt aroma comes through quite strongly; I personally find it somehow out of place for a 15.
very soft start, very light spice, light fruits. Peppery spice presses on the tongue, it becomes slightly tart at the back, but is more of a malt-tart note than dark chocolate moments.
Becoming / staying malty.
Second sip: sweeter, fruity, a little more vanilla, still very soft, slightly viscous / creamy. It then loses from 2/3 in the mouth and the fruits no longer harmonize so well.
Overall quite spicy on the palate ...
Third sip: sweet, spicy, vanilla, fruit, malt note; with imagination also toffee / caramel.
some spice, slightly tart notes, malty, fruit aromas fade away.
The alcohol is still burning down the throat.
apples, malt, light and pleasant
apples, a little honey, spices
apples, malt, light and pleasant
- Definitely better than 10yo, "darker" and more demanding. Not memorable but good
Fuller and more rounded than 10yo, scent of sherry, ripe berries, light citrus note, coconut? A touch of wood, trifle
Light body (less than 10yo), sweet without exaggerating, dark fruit, creamy cake, bitter almond note
Long enough, sweet, brown sugar
pine wood, orange, honey, cinnamon, gorse, biscuit, vanilla, citrus, toffee, butterscotch
- Time and a drop of water make this whisky good.
Raisins, chocolate, stewed apple, orange, lemon, grass, nuts, breakfast cereals, a hint of red wine, mango and pineapple.
Currants, chocolate, nutmeg, toasted bread, breakfast cereals, nuts, tolerated grass and with water lemon zest, tropical fruit and baked apple.
Short to medium, dry, nuts, lemon zest, currants, dark chocolate, hint of grapefruit, mix of tropical fruit and baked apple.
- Good-quality nose but no big hit on the palate. A bit peppery and pedestrian.
Initially unsweetened, dark cocoa powder and something dry and dusty. Then a sweet-and-sour fruitiness appears: kiwi and pineapple. Buttermilk and bananas. Malty, with porridge and cookie dough. Displays a real roasted, slightly bitter aspect as well - coffee grounds? After the first sip, oodles of golden syrup join in. All in all, a pleasant and multifaceted nose that allows for some permutation. Perhaps a bit boring, but apparently the result of careful and thoughtful blending.
Without water, at first all I get is a sourness and a sharpness (that being said, it's the first dram of the day, so the latter might be my fault entirely). Gets sweeter and more approachable with water. Now there's marshmellows, custard, syrup, banana bread. Goes from sour to sweet to bitter at the death with no surprises, and basically repeats the aromas from the nose.
Pepper, ginger, lemon and apple juice, some soft coffee notes. No huge staying power but also nothing that disturbs.