Speyburn 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.27/100
votes
134
Whiskybase ID
WB122923
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Anniversary Edition
Bottled
21.08.2021
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Spanish and American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
R21/5301 IB1042
Barcode
5010509881470
Bottled for
Celebrating 18 years service Bobby Anderson
Added on
16 dec 2018 2:18 pm by Conmai
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 89.02

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Whisky reviews for Speyburn 18-year-old

40 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.27 points.

  1. huangshantong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Light smoky feeling, peat, bubble hall, sweet milk, and a little dessert, the miscellaneous taste is a bit heavy
    • Taste
      86 86
      The wine body feels surprisingly full and rich; the strong sherry flavor is a bit too simple... almost no layers, a single sweetness
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A rock-solid 18-year-old at a good price, I have to say. The profile is clearly defined and remains largely constant over the period of a bottle. I would have preferred a little more characteristics and variety, less smooth ironed and tasty, but that's the way it is today - 28.07.2022
    • Nose
      86 86
      Difficult to interpret the first nose, reminds me of a freshly opened bag of wine gums, after a while red berries spread, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, sweet and sour berries across the board, a dry grain note lingers in the background, the berries go over in artificial citrus freshness
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cooling, dry, dried fruits, rosehip, tends towards fruit tea, becoming drier, a bit spicy with ginger, spiciness from the barrel, becomes oilier over time, reminds me of rosé wine, the barrel penetrates more, nice and creamy and spicy
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long, fading fruit notes, beautiful oak aromas, sometimes sticky on the palate, the wooden wood breaks out again and then fades dry as a bone, at the end the wine gum remains burned in the memory

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2022] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is better than expected. This is a flawless modern sherry profile which is simple but nicely balanced and very quaffable. Nothing more to say except: This was a good deal given its initial price tag at around 47 Eurobucks (in a special offer), no doubt.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, drinkable malt with a sherry influence - more of a modern school. For the price you can't go wrong, PLV fits.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Aaah this smells good! Apricots, caramel, plums, oranges and cloves. Delicious!
    • Taste
      88 88
      A reasonable dose of pepper, cloves, apricots, almonds and caramel.
      This is good, the peppery is dominant, you have to love it. (What I do)
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium. Especially the pepper remains.

      Tasty and affordable 18 year old!

  6. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A strong recommendation from my veteran whisky friend who is very fond of this malt. I got a 3cl sample from him and I have to say: yes Jan, you are right! With 86 points in the base, this is a clearly underrated whisky and the price for a bottle is actually unbeatable for today's time, because here you can definitely find enjoyment and development.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning there is a clear sweetness in the Glencairn glass, which almost comes across as fruit gums and toffees. Dried green apple and apricot.
      Despite the kitschy associations, but in such a way that I think: fits now!

      The development then goes in a somewhat harsh direction. Oloroso would now be exaggerated, because tart here means the development of the previous sweetness.
      There is some wood from the bourbon casks, almond biscuits and also a menthol note.

      The spectrum of flavors might sound a bit crazy and unbalanced and you have to leave the church in the village, but this is a very, very nice dram that doesn't bore you with overloaded flavors and whose structure you can occupy yourself with for 30-40 minutes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      88.5
      Excellent! The 46 percent is very well chosen, but shouldn't be less, so that there is sufficient intensity and the interplay from the nose is also transferred to the palate. Here I find (fortunately) a little more vanilla oak from the bourbon casks, again fruity sherry with strawberries in the middle and then creamy chocolate at the end.

      Again: sure, that's an 18-year-old standard with 46 percent drinking strength for well under 100 euros - so I wouldn't expect a miracle of taste explosions. But the whisky is still made so well, harmoniously and diversely, with rather subtle notes, that it's very easy for me to award an honest 89 points here.

      If you are more into the very intense skis, you might be better off with a fruity-intensive Glenallachie standard for the money.
    • Finish
      88 88
      88.5
      Medium long and the last sip ends comparatively spicy when I compare that to the sweet nose of 40 minutes ago.

  9. Martin1965 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very successful 18, an insider tip.
    But the taste is very peppery - you have to like it.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Cream Candy , Strawberry , Berry , Chocolate , Red and Dark Fruits
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pepper , Spicy , Ginger , Fruit , Milk Chocolate
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long with cream - fruit mix

  10. robse211 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  13. Astrid scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Portions of sherry and bourbon get along so well that it doesn't necessarily appear 'designed' like some other sherry bottlings. Age comes into play. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/19/18-jaehrige-standards-aus-der-zweiter-reihe/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good PLV.
    You can tell its age and so the malt needs a little more time in the glass, but then sherry fills you up.
    A nice alternative if the Allachie 15 is too sweet and the Garioch 15 is too herbal.

  15. hzs275 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    NOSE
    Strawberry shortcake, dry sherry, honied graham cracker, baking spice with pops of vanilla, copper and leather.

    Warm, sweet and a slightly earthy, this is a good aroma.

    PALATE
    Strawberry shortcake, dry sherry, cocoa, honied graham cracker, baking spice with pops of vanilla, spice, nuts and leather.

    A near carbon copy of the aroma, but with some coco and nuts and a lack of copper.

    FINISH
    Medium-long -> Fruity, malty, darkly sweet and a bit malty.

  17. Bruefrost scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    For me one of the most balanced and roundest whiskys ever. The perfect mix of very good bourbon and sherry casks. Once again great cinema from a distillery from the 2nd row at a good price/performance ratio.

  18. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 46%
    Aroma: Rich aroma full of overripe fruit, enough sherry, but there is also a floral aroma that reminds me of a puget of roses. Dried fruits, mainly apricots. Everything is just right, it's not kind of burnt out. (89 b)
    Taste: Raisins, sweetness, a lot in sherry style. Fruity acidity and spiciness in the aftertaste. (89 b)
    Points: 89/100
    Summary: Tasted at the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka. The distillery, which I neglected so far, surprised me very nicely.

  19. SpeyburnClanGermany did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Color: red gold amber, no dye

      Nose: Maggie without end, and magic too .... oooh I'll be a mysterious lyric poet ....
      fat wood, polish, pickled plum, icing on it.
    • Taste
      velvety plum, beautiful wood note, oak barrels from Spain are used
      been. Some cinnamon, a bit like Christmas whisky, in May.
      Salt is there, very clearly.
    • Finish
      Aftermath: The 18er has something of the single cask in drinking strength with a little more maturity. long and beautiful. Buttery, but getting a little dry.

  20. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Emperor69 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Speyburn 18 YO Anniversary Edition

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: Speyburn Distillery (Inver House Distillers)
    Region: Speyside
    Fortress: 46%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 09/05/2019
    Barrel type: American and Spanish Oak Casks
    Min. age: 18 years old
    Filtration: none
    Dye: no

    Nose. Harsh in the beginning, closed, generally not intense, but with a bit of work it opens up with many different flavors typical of a good double aging. Here you will find classic baked apples and pears, quite a bit of honey, and a wealth of berries (dried cherries and cranberries give wine sourness, plum jam and dried blueberries, on the contrary, give sweetness to the aroma), and dried fruits (figs, dried apricots, raisins) are also worth note citrus, pickle-marinade nuances, dark chocolate, toffee, almonds, pastries, herbaceous mixture tones. The nose is mobile, constantly changing from sweet to sour, but to a greater extent it is tangy and spicy, as it contains many spices (cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg). It seems that it is the Spanish barrels from Oloroso that give this piquancy to the nose, because. American oak, in which sherry is seasoned, tends to be softer.

    The taste is just as versatile, rich and perhaps even more balanced and easy to digest than the aroma. There is no too intense wood, the spices, although slightly dry, do not clog the entire flavor palette, everything is in moderation and all derivative flavors are well integrated with each other, so that the hand instinctively reaches for the additive. Light honey, fruit and caramel sweetness at the very beginning, then a slight berry-citrus sourness gives way to the pressure of spices, almond dryness, tones of tobacco leaf and medicinal herbs, dark chocolate, and then sweetness comes again in the form of dried fruits, pastries, apricots and plum jam.

    Aftertaste. The average. Tobacco leaf, spices, minerality, echoes of dried fruit and chocolate.

    Summary. This release is dedicated to the 18th anniversary of blender Bobby Anderson's service at the Speyburn distillery and has become a regular for her. Well, it is worth congratulating him - he created a very worthy whisky. This is the classic Speyside and the Oloroso cask certainly plays the first fiddle here, especially such European casks, which, in combination with mineral spirits, give a spicy spicy zest. However, bourbon casks have not gone away either - they smooth and soften the intense sherry pressure and add complexity to the final product. The only thing for which you can slightly reduce the final score is a not very pronounced and intensely pronounced nose, where spicy notes and minerality draw attention to themselves and a smooth, slightly flat finish. In general, the molt is of high quality, of a dessert nature, but in it the sweetness is not excessive, but is correctly shaded by sourness, sharpness and general minerality of spirits.

    Rating: 87 out of 100.

  22. hunsrueckhighlander scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If it opens up after a while, it will play in the big league. An elegant whisky without a lot of rough edges. Fruity, then tart.
    Medium-long finish, slightly spicy, tempts to another glass.

  23. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is fresh and fruity with domination of dried apricots followed by caramel, dusty cellar and orange zest.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is beautifully sweet with nice sourness with notes of chocolate, assorted dried fruits and caramel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is slightly tannic, sweet and woody with notes of dates, dried apricots followed by caramel and chocolate.

  24. praisethepasta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    If you’re into rich, full and well matured whisky: this will probably be straight up your alley. It could have done with a bit more complexity perhaps, but that’s me nit-picking, really.
    • Nose
      86 86
      On the nose, it’s all things spices from the get go. Clove, nutmeg, vanilla , cinnamon, and brown sugar to add to the richness. There’s a honey - floral – barleysugar sweetness that gets interwoven by Gewürztraminer, reminding me of Glühwein (while I find Glühwein to be a bit of an abomination, here it is rather pleasing), blood oranges and something ‘dusty’, like old books or cupboards. In two words: rich and sweet, but never too much. What you’d expect from an 18 yo with some sherry casks involved. Lovely.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The palate comes with a full arrival, with wood and woody spices and a cereal note. Just ever so slightly bitter, and because the oak and spices really took over, it’s significantly less sweet compared to the nose. The mouthfeel is equally rich, full and slightly dry. Adding a drop of water (it can take it) accentuates the spices even more but it tames the oak a bit, bringing out the sweetness again on demerara sugar and chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      long , dry and warming, with a woody touch and a very soft salty note.

  25. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A decent whisky of good value.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherried but not overwhelming. Honey, fully ripen plum and apricots, peach kernel, caramel, milk chocolate, sour rasin, as well as the typical notes of oxidised sherry. Setting for a while allows the citrus and pear notes to appear. Wood scents in an emptied glass. Quite rich for its nosing.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium to full body, oily rich. Powerful alcohol not very well integrated.
      Starts surprisingly with the sweet rasin and grapes bursting on palate. That is followed by lemony sourness. The bitterness from cocoa and tannic is rather evident and clearly presented.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Med to long. Drying. Honey, vanilla and oak bitterness

  27. ishi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Calm, you need to exert, hematogen, dry herbs and sweet spices. Sweet, very concentrated, sweet-salty, wow on the palate.

  28. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    it's really great and I like it
    has a good PLV
    A few drops of water are OK
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, raspberry, black currant, light sulfur, light cola, flowery (flower meadow), light Kramell, sweet candies
      with water: a little lemon, more raisins
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      old oak gets more, rosies get stronger, dark caramel, sherry, polish, lots of red berries, slightly sweet, slightly spicy increases, later slightly cardboard
      with water: light pencil
    • Finish
      long
      Sherry, raisins, old wood, light polish
      with water: bitter, nutty, leather, library

  30. StephanB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    dry taste, spicy, wood; certainly not attractive for everyone; corresponds to the spicy and dry profile of the SMWS.
    The Speyburn 18 takes time to open.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-22-2020 at a blind tasting with Whisky Jason.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sweetish, sherry, wood spice, hazelnut, citrus

    taste
    Sweet, sherry, spicy

    finish
    Medium length, sweet, more spicy, becoming dry

  33. Tim-R scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Great for every moment
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  34. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Hint of sulfur, rubber band, a mix of dark fruit, chocolate, orange, nuts, grass, butterbabbler.
    • Taste
      Blueberries, cherries, raisins, chocolate, nuts, a hint of elastic, orange, a bit of grapefruit, cream boat chatter, cut grass and breakfast cereals.
    • Finish
      Medium, warming, nuts, cereal, oaky, chocolate, dried fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, sour cherries, blueberries and a hint of elastic.

  36. Bam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The sour note is extremely strong, but quite nice and pleasant.
    • Nose
      Initially a sweet mix of caramel and vanilla, slowly joined by a fruity note that develops from red apple to sour, red berries (currants). Behind it I discover a note that goes Curry, but sweeter. The oak is rather discreet. The alcohol is relatively poorly integrated, and stands out clearly.
    • Taste
      Sweet apples, but noticeably sour. Add a little lemon. A touch of vanilla is here. The extreme sour note does not let me find any more flavors.
    • Finish
      Short finish. They still eat apples, along with some delicacy from the oak.

  37. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very nice whisky.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Amber

      Nose:
      Begins nicely with a pleasant lovage touch. Then it gets a little fresher in the glass. Lemon, some cinnamon and damp wood. Then it gets fruity. Raspberries, pickled plums and some figs. A sour berry note lies behind it and slowly comes to the front. Reminds me of blackcurrants. In addition a little wet hay.
    • Taste
      Pfeffriger start, without being really hot. Then come cinnamon, raisins and stuff like dry wood. Again the raspberry. With some dark chocolate and dry seasoning. At the second sip more spice, in addition to sour jam. The taste reminds me of Ringlo.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. First something nutty. Then more dried fruit and a pleasant, sweetish wood taste.

  38. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Like its 15-year-old sibling, a rather peppery and sharp affair without water. Displays some potential but it's hard to find the sweet spot, dilution-wise. I for one don't like to spend that much time tinkering with H2O in a mass-market, mainstream bottling so this one's not for me.
    • Nose
      83 83
      First impression: too closed-up and shy for the price (upwards of 75 € for an 18 y.o. from distillery with no exceptional reputation). Time in the glass changes next to nothing about that initial shyness. Some faint cookie aroma (Oreo cookies, my girlfriend suggests), sour berries (redcurrant, cranberry), a bit of umami (soup seasoning, fennel. etc.), chocolate, and some nice, very clean wood notes. All good and well, but it's just so ... soft. Water makes things fruitier, coaxes out coffee and cocoa, and adds a splash of citrus. Loses a bit of its darker aspects though, so I'm not sure I like the trade-off.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Harsh without water (like the 15-year-old), but appealing notes of cranberry and dark game sauces shine through immediately. With water: pappadam bread (including the cracked black pepper), sweet orange juice, berry fruits. Becomes more inviting, but also less interesting while shedding its darker, more sherried aspects.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Without water: creamy and sweet, with dark sauces and red fruits. Long. With water: Sweet (almost aspartam-y) fruits, sweet and sour.

  39. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N- Relaxing afternoon tea in a wood log cabin with Italian almond, egg tart, brandy filled pralines and berries jam and marmalade on scones. Spice jar, more cardamon than clove in this one. Small curry snacks bite with yoghurt. Nice savoury sweet in this one with broad woody sphere. (87/21)

    P- Nice grip, quite impressive dried fruits rising to the nose, the gentle woody coat, sweet ginger comes with hints of phenol and liquorice. (87/21)

    F- Medium, direct, dry and clean. Gently spicy and juicy fruits harbored on the faint spices. (86/20)

    B/B- 87/21 Modern feels but nothing too wrong with this one, just lack of stamina and complexity to evolve further, which I would expected it so for a 18YO.

    Cereal- 2, Fruity- 3, Floral- 1, Peaty- 0, Feint- 0, Sulphur- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 2

    Weighted Rate- 83pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Relaxing afternoon tea in a wood log cabin with Italian almond, egg tart, brandy filled pralines and berries jam and marmalade on scones. Spice jar, more cardamon than clove in this one. Small curry snacks bite with yoghurt. Nice savoury sweet in this one with broad woody sphere. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Nice grip, quite impressive dried fruits rising to the nose, the gentle woody coat, sweet ginger comes with hints of phenol and liquorice. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, direct, dry and clean. Gently spicy and juicy fruits harbored on the faint spices. (86/20)

      B/B- 87/21 Modern feels but nothing too wrong with this one, just lack of stamina and complexity to evolve further, which I would expected it so for a 18YO.

      Cereal- 2, Fruity- 3, Floral- 1, Peaty- 0, Feint- 0, Sulphur- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 2

      Weighted Rate- 83pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

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