Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
American oak ex-Bourbon casks
43.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2018 3:27 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 51.21

8 × in wishlist

20 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyburn 16-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points

  1. Bomshanka scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Speyburn has recently upped their game and are putting out whisky at 46% abv and non-chill filtered, and mostly with age statements as well. This new 16 year old is no exception and it comes in a generous 1 liter bottle and can be found at very reasonable prices in certain travel retail outlets.

    Colour warm gold (E150a).
    Not terribly oily with thin fast legs.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Honey, freshly cut oak wood, yeasty dough, then some fruit appear, citrus, green apples, peach, melon and finally a slight hint of anise. After a bit in the glass floral notes begin to appear.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy sweet honey and lemon custard. Bit of bread underneath with some dried banana, apple and apricot. A slight undertone of something anisey, licorishy, but doused in honey and then a bit of pepper and chili with a mineralic component.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sweetly drying towards spices and slight oaky influence. Medium in length.

      All in all a well made, pleasant if not very spectacular, every day sipper.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The Speyburn brandy is indeed quite assertive, even with the 16er it "descends" into a diffusely spicy aroma world, I admit that I don't get so warm with it. The 16er is a touch better than the 10er despite the 43% and perhaps also because of the pure bourbon barrel maturation. But enthusiasm looks different.
    • Nose
      light fruit notes with nice, fresh oak notes, a few spices, rather light, but nice and rather sweet.
    • Taste
      very strong for 43%, oak, spices and lots of flavor from the brandy, liquorice and slightly sour umami
    • Finish
      Here, too, a tangy oak note, a little vanilla sweetness, only a little fruit.

  3. Spits scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Personally too dry and bitter. Since the spirits will divorce.
    The percent fits great. Otherwise the alcohol would be too powerful.
    • Nose
      Shiny gold

      The first thing that comes to mind is honey and dry wood. Then slowly the light-fruited aromas passed through. Apricots, subtle pear, unripe peach and some honeydew melon. A somehow dry, flowery note joins.
      With some time in the glass, something comes through that reminds me of lye. The colleague is developing more and more in the dry direction. The alcohol is very back. A subtle spice accompanies the flavors.
    • Taste
      Very spicy start. Even some alcohol. I would not have expected that in 43%. Unripe fruit aroma. In the taste then rather mirabelle. Reminds me a bit of sea buckthorn jam. Honey comes through only after the sharpness is gone. Then cereals, herbs and neat bitterness.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Seasoning and bitterness before it ends sweetly.


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