Speyburn Hopkins

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
46.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
18 apr 2018 7:37 am by Breedút_Genietsje

Average value

€ 30.75

4 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

82 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Speyburn Hopkins

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.13 points.

  1. Bomshanka scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Really a rather nice travel retail NAS from Speyburn. 46% and Non-Chill Filtered works for it, and for the price its actually a steal of a dram even if the youth shines through.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Noses like the Speyburn 10, sweet, honeyed, some green fruit and slightly malty, but with a peaty twist. Slightly smoky and with a fine note of anisseed and licorice which really suits it.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Citric and sweet, with some bread and yeast, and then some tropical fruits and crispy golden delicious, not terribly peaty here but still with that licorice note.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Leaving on the fruity notes and again something licoricy peaty, slighty spicy and metallic drying lingering into middle length.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A noticeably young malt that has a nice complexity due to the slight smoky note. Although the barrels used provide more of a bitter aftertaste than beautiful oak aromas, the well-made brandy with 46% and the lack of chill-filtration produce a quite pleasant whisky overall.
    • Nose
      The aroma rises to the nose beautifully buttery and creamy, cream toffee, lemon zest, a light coppery sheen indicates youth, Granny Smith apples, playful barley, slightly grassy, vanilla and butterscotch, mashed potatoes with melted butter, a slight note of smoke acts in the background on the coherent overall picture
    • Taste
      Lots of honey at the beginning, lemon zest, porridge with melted butter, the light copper flavor keeps coming through, some butterscotch, becomes more savory with time, the oak comes through more clearly with a certain bitterness, the barley is lively and is accompanied by a light smoke, a few roasted hazelnuts, the green apples have become a bit shriveled, the malt creates a slightly greasy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Medium length, slightly drying, roasted hazelnuts, some malt, watery black tea, the oak appears slightly bitter and conservative, but also provides a hint of liquorice with subtle smoke, little apple and lemon, an ashy mineral aftertaste with a hint of vanilla

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    An uncomplicated rough smoky whisky, unremarkable in any way.
    • Nose
      Simple, malty, with hints of honey, hay, iodine and peat.
    • Taste
      Oily, peppery, smoked, slightly honeyed, with young tannins.
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry and sharp, with tones of smoked fish soaked in salt and spices, with tannins and a hint of iodine in the distance.

  5. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Tasted a bit young, but that was by no means a deal breaker.

    The canned fruit brought the sweetness and the red berries, a touch of tartness both linked by an intermediary of candied citrus all while chaperoned by ginger and peppery oak.

    None of this came as a surprise as the nose signposted what it is clearly and the profile never deviates too far from what's been promised, or at least strongly hinted at.

    The tail is the least complex section, but quite long lasting, with the peat front and center and slowly devolving into more oak, soft leather and salty fats, without ever quite giving up its own identity.

    Nothing ground breaking, but for a £35, 46%, NAS bottle - it's pleasant, multifaceted and very, very good value for money.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Light barnyard peat, heavy on the hay. Cooked apples, pears and lemons. Lightly floral wood and vanilla, caraway seeds.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Honeyed grain, canned stone fruit + the syrup, red currants for garnish, candied citrus, ginger, white pepper
    • Finish
      77 77
      Peat, leather, oak, grey pepper, butter

  6. SpeyburnClanGermany did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      the nose like Bradan Orach squared.
      It only has a very thin trail of smoke, if at all
      A little more oak, nice vanilla, not so sweet. The nose looks "clean". Less acid, unmistakably Speyburn. Again a bit of sourdough, but “lighter”, clearly vanilla and pear. Very balanced and tasty.

      Speyburn says: A gentle smoky dram, with hints of zesty, citrus fruits, sweet honey, butterscotch and vanilla all wrapped together with a slight spicy note.

      Can you sign it like that
    • Taste
      After the sip there is a really nice citrus note paired with smoke.
      Fat, vanilla, a lot of barrel influence, a bit lemony, nice wood.
    • Finish
      Nice and coarse dry finish in the aftertaste.

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    of course not complex and actually rather too young, but this young whisky cuts a very surprisingly good figure for me due to its lightness and the beautiful peat note and the PLV is anyway terrific. Good bottling.
    • Nose
      Oh, it's different. It says something about the partial use of barrels that contained peated whisky. and you can smell it immediately, a subtle but clear note of peat is immediately present. And then you also smell that the whisky must be very young, fruity, grape seed-like, youthful notes that are surprisingly fun with vanilla and the subtle peat note.
    • Taste
      Mild as the two with age, yet spicy, astonishingly in character but rather light despite the distinctive peat note, yet very pleasant mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      here comes more of the seasoning, the liquorice, but the youthful fruitiness and the peat hints also make it a really well-rounded affair.

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Wood, earth, slightly fermented, lemon, honey, apricot, peach, a little apple, alcohol can be clearly felt, a few grasses
    • Taste
      Apple, some peach, some honey, a little grapefruit, some pepper

  9. Eigerle scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    A very pleasant homage to the founders of the distillery and at a very good price-performance ratio. The results of the distillery are impressive and often underestimated.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. keba9591 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      73 73

  11. Moses scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    I don't want to be here any longer. I had gotten a small sample of it from my brother, along with the Arran21. Thanks for that. That was probably the formula error. The notes for the Arran are important to me and I didn't want to be distracted by this malt. Sorry Speyburn. Fortunately, it was a little rehearsal.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76


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