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Speyburn 1975

Overall rating
91.03/100
votes
90
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Clan Cask
Vintage
1975
Bottled
2012
Calculated age
37 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask
Casknumber
3413
Number of bottles
320
Strength
55.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Mar 2013 7:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 567.06

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90 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyburn 1975

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.03 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017]  After The Imp was flabbergasted by this stuff (see his notes below) I certainly have to try it by myself.  This trades above my reasonable price limit right now but if it is really that good than this actual high price might be justified.  So let us see...

    ...an unusual and really interesting great dram that I like very much but to be honest:  As a drinker I would not spend more than 300 Euro on such a bottle (I bought this one for 360 Euro a couple of days ago)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is mahogany and the texture shows slow legs and tears. The nose is all about a rich and complex sherry profile with leathery, chocolatey and nutty aromas. A typical old PX sherry nose that is rather herbal than sweet (like the Oloroso ones).
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste offers a complex multi-layered PX sherry profile without any single flaw (that I can find). Very delicious and very interesting to explore, too. The sherry is not that dominant and leaves enough room for the barley and wooden flavours to enfold what is great. And it is perfectly balanced.
    • Finish
      93 93
      It instantly coats the whole of the mouth with no distracting feeling at all, one of the best arrivals on the palate for months. The finish is very long and more spicy with additional menthol and liquorice flavours. Some water releases more sweeter aromas both in the nose and on the palate, I like it that way better. More water increases the wooden flavours and turns the dram more bourbon-ish. As I am not a fan of bourbon-style whisky at all I prefer the only slightly reduced version.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    very nice old school sherry bomb for the wing chair, longer ventilation in the glass pleases him - Outstanding - Long live the Paxarette!
    • Nose
      Leather, furniture polish, chocolate raisins, pickled plums, thickened plum jam, spicy wood notes (like wood in the hot sauna), beeswax, red grape juice, maple syrup
    • Taste
      red grape syrup, extremely thick and dense, intense sherry, plums in armagnac
    • Finish
      dry, sweet and very long with lots of wood, a bit bitter

  4. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    very nice old sherry bomb without being overcharged. The PX does not press too much with its sweetness (was that a finish?). Very balanced, very complex and wonderfully tasty with some water. Great whisky!
    • Nose
      Pure: instantly exudes the magic of a magnificently matured, old sherry barrel whisky. The PX makes it all very sweet and fruity. Green bananas, cherries, plum jam. Over white chocolate and some white pepper. The alcohol pinches easily in the nose, but does not disturb the overall picture at any time. Later fall foliage, slightly musty, almost smoky and slightly salty notes. I must inevitably think of Springbank. With water and time: becomes more complex and "noble". Has more ripe fruit notes of blood orange. Black Forest Cherry! Otherwise I only know about Glendronach. In fact, the chocolate is suddenly very dark.
    • Taste
      Pure: nice sweet, and liqueur-like creamy beginning, then a nice, slightly tart oak wood note, as expected after 37 years. It also follows a slightly phenolic note, beef roulade with red wine sauce. Delicious! With some water: the oak is going back, it is now smarter, but still complex. The slight peat note is barely noticeable. Even more chocolate notes now.
    • Finish
      long, dark chocolate with salt and cherry filling.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is my second bottle of this, if you hold it neat in your mouth for around 30 seconds, it has in my view one of the best taste experiences out there.

    This review was as soon as bottle was opened.

    A great bottle, if it was labelled Glenfarclas for the same quality it would cost you £800+

    My rating of 95 on price is down to the fact that this cost me around £250 from the distillery, sadly they are all gone now so glad I managed to get one of the last available.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    With water :-

    The palate is slightly less fragrant, still full bodied and more rounded now.

    Lovely.
    • Nose
      Powerful sherry and hard to describe but what I would call earthy. There is some cigar smoke, chocolate , blackberry, plum pudding, figs, and treacle toffee.
    • Taste
      A massive and intensive dark fruit blast, almost like a smoothie. Very creamy one of the most full fat type of palates you can get. Its all on dark fruits  black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrants, dark red plum skins, hints of almonds, slightly nutty and it is crisp but with an oily profile also.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, luscious

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Actually a pretty perfect sherry whisky without any off-notes (means no rubber, leather, sulphur whatsoever) - good complexity and enough power - fantastic!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Chocolaty notes, dried fruits, spices, fine sherry wood, little nutmeg, some acacia honey, little brown sugar and molasses, toffee - very good!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, little liquorice, more dried fruits, milk chocolate, toffee, more fine sherry wood, cooked oranges, jam, spices - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, spicy, more woody, still good sweetness, not drying

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is indeed great sherry, tobacco, chocolate, orange peel, candied fruits, sweet spices, excellent balance, very good but I agree that the current prices are not justified

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Probably the best Speyburn I'll ever have in the glass. Dream fabric without mistakes with impressive intensity - whereby the nose is so good - that it is too much to drink to drink - breathe away
    • Nose
      95 95
      starts musty, earthy and sour, becomes butterier, oily, waxy

      after 15min and with lots of hand warmth it opens - beautiful old dark refillsherry, red berries, old oak, furniture polish, black cherries, mint, some lovage, orange, chocolate, jasmine and orange blossom, leather and tobacco, a touch of peat - very full, very round, noble, very deep and complex
    • Taste
      93 93
      perfect full-bodied dark Sherry-Malt, dark fruits, Christmas spices, super texture - very easy to chew, very nice bitter substances, slightly dry, dense and perfectly matured
    • Finish
      93 93
      very long - fruit, spices and chocolate - everything you could want from an old sherry malt

  10. mr.p9 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    off the chart this one.i could just smell this all night without drinking the stuff.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

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