Speyburn 16-year-old

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

€ 55.30

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Whisky reviews for Speyburn 16-year-old

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.63 points.

  1. Bomshanka scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

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  3. KEngelaar scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A good price-value ratio.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Malt, vanilla, red apples, lemon, honey, toffee,
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mild, sweet and very tasty! Oily, sweet, vanilla, baked red apples with cinnamon, toffee, honey, nutmeg, blackberries.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium and sweet. Again baked red apples with cinnamon, toffee, honey and vanilla. The oak is there, I can taste the 16 years, but it is not dominant.

  4. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 43%
    Aroma: Malt, citrus, fresh wood, apples, vanilla. Bourbon barrels are also known. A pretty distinct aroma. (85b)
    Taste: Fresh, pleasant, slightly lighter in direct comparison with Glenfiddich Experimental Series Project XX. Honey, fruity sweetness, apples. Creamy, woody aftertaste. (86b)
    Points: 86/100
    Summary: Tasted at this year's meeting with José sometime at the beginning of the year, now tasting a sample from the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka. A very relaxed whisky, I enjoy it.

  5. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nice and smooth dram. Nearly a bargain for its price.
    • Nose
      Citrusy, honey, apple, blackberries.
    • Taste
      Pineapple, a bit of sherry, citruses, kiwi.
    • Finish
      Citrusy mainly.

  6. molpet scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Noticeable vanila, malt, honey sweetness, toffee, caramel, some yeallow fruits I can't pinpoint. Well put together, nice balance. I have read reviews where people were mentioning strong spiciness, but I personally found it to be rather mild. Nice mouthfeel and texture. An unbelievable value for money! Highly recommended...
    • Nose
      86 86
      Loads of vanilla, honey and malt.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Beautiful and rather typical bourbon matured whisky. I would prefer a higher ABV, but that's just me complaining on a high niveau...
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, no off notes.

  7. harry scored this whisky 68 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Malt, Citrus, wooden notes, floral aroms, a little bit chemical
    Taste: sharp, Chili, Pepper, very light bodied, almost no aroms on the palette
    Finish: fresh Malt, wood, dry, something chemical

  8. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: nice malt with good maturity, everything well balanced, maybe a bit weak on the chest with 43%
    • Nose
      Honey, light fruits like apple, peach, some wood and subtle spices (nutmeg and cloves), also a few floral notes, flower meadow
    • Taste
      nice start, slightly oily, floral honey, fruity, some vanilla and cake batter, here too a good portion of oak wood
    • Finish
      medium length, nice spice, honey, fruity, drier at the end with some liquorice and a hint of menthol

  9. RJKrueger scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Round, beautiful daily dram of the lighter variety with a great price / performance ratio.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Honey, cereals, green apples, a few sprinkles of citrus, vanilla in the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy sweet start, peach, banana, light and fresh.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish that starts out sweet, then reveals more oak. In the end, sustainability is missing and it becomes a bit waxy and flat.

  10. SpeyburnClanGermany did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Conclusion: Great 16 OA, great barrel selection for this standard. Nice 43%, maybe a bit too bitter, but that is a different feeling.
    • Nose
      Mint, heather, herbs, bourbon, a little vanilla, blood orange. Lots of oak, sweet fruits. A bit snappy at first, but that quickly turns out to be.
      He also smells of honey, oatmeal. -> somewhat abstract -> lye and moist sawdust. Speyburn pear: very little, rather at the back,
      and only after the 2nd or 3rd smell.
      Conclusion nose: complex and multi-layered, absolutely noteworthy
    • Taste
      Instead, the taste of pear ....... right at the front next to the wood - and a few fruit flies are also there. Dry, lots of fruit, pear, light spice, wood. Nice set of some pepper, wood, herbs. It tingles on the palate when you drink it. If you hold it in your mouth for a long time, you will develop liquorice juice and some liquorice.
    • Finish
      Rather long.

  11. Merl scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. 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.

  13. Spits scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  14. 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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