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Speyside Cooperage 10-year-old

Overall rating
78.59/100
votes
19
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Acorn to Cask
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Feb 2016 9:31 am by Arranthony_Moray

Average value

€ 32.50

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Whisky Reviews for Speyside Cooperage 10-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.59 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] After an interesting visit to the Speyside Cooperage (a must have experience, for sure!) I certainly have a dram of their house malt not just because I am curious about how good it is (Does anyone out there really think the Cooperage buys a sub-standard whisky or that any distillery dares to sell below-average dram to them?) and, of course, where it comes from…

    ...and actually this is excellent stuff and one of the best price-value-ratios I can imagine (not just here in Scotland). This dram reminds me in most of its aspects of the great Glen Grant profile with a lush honey and fruity sweet nose that is adorable balanced and without any single off-note. An absolutely old-stylish nose, quite impressive and without the obvious "build-in" spikes of the modern style drams (so shy away, all you thrill-seekers). Really nice to take a sniff before you sip…

    The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating in the mouth with a minor peppery touch that is perfect to counter-balance the enormous sweetness. No distracting moment neither in the mouthfeel nor during the finish. The taste is very sweet on ripe fruits, honeys and barley sugars with delicate spices and some shy herbal notes - if you chew it for a while. The finish is of medium length and adds some tasty milk chocolatey flavours. The wooden notes are perfect to provide a backbone to all the other more delicate flavours but they never try to dominate. Water is not needed, this whisky is perfect as it is.

    This is an old-style Speyside dram of the finest kind that offers exactly the adorable profile that made Speyside whiskies famous. May all the whisky newbies and rarity hunters go for the completely overpriced modern "designed" (special edition) whiskies - I will drive to the Speyside Cooperage again tomorrow and I will buy a case of this excellent un-branded stuff to enjoy it both during the further journey and later at home. By the way, the bottle is sold for 29.99 GBP (and certainly the best batch of a 10-years old Glen Grant I came across for years)...

    PS: Looking at all the poor ratings here at WB I wonder whether they just have a new batch at the Cooperage (and the older one was much weaker) - or if simply a cheap and unbranded malt does not deserve better scores nowadays (you know: "it cannot be good if it is that cheap..."). But give me one good reason why the Speyside Cooperage should buy a poor quality whisky (they have excellent business relationships to almost all distilleries) or why any distillery should dare to sell them a sub-standard one? Finally, I do not care - to my taste buds this is an excellent old style Traditional Scotch that is superior to 90 per cent of all modern "designed" whiskies...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I can follow hs305 on his comments. maybe a new batch?
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/on-location-speyside-cooperage/

  4. TF2891 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A nice balanced malt. Reminiscent of an Aberlour from the craft profile. In fact, the whisky is said to come from a distillery located near the Speyside Cooperage.
    Look nice fruity, not very complex but a nice all day dram.
    Bought on site in October 2019 ... what batch it is and how many there are / were not apparent

  5. DB1965 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A surprising non-complex whisky from an unknown distillery.
    • Nose
      80 80
      The nose is mainly fruity. Sweet and very mild.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Again fruity, honey and vanilla. Not very complex, but very drinkable.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short soft aftertaste, vanilla and malty.

  6. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    09-10-2018
    • Nose
      69 69
      fruity
    • Taste
      69 69
      fruits, missed a bit complexity and character
    • Finish
      67 67
      fruit, short

  7. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Fun to buy at the speyside Cooperage as a ‘reminder’ and certainly a good whisky for a very good price! They don’t tell you what it is and i really don’t have a clue!
    • Nose
      Interesting fruity nose. Mild and sweet. Malty but not to much. A hint of corn.
    • Taste
      In line with the nose. There is nothing really special happening but its good. Decent body for it’s age. Easy drinkable, sweet and fruity again. Fresh Apples and there also is some kind of licorice. 
    • Finish
      Soft, vanilla, slightly malty. Quite short but ok.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/on-location-speyside-cooperage/

    Ignoring the ‘Acorn to Cask’ marketing flannel, regarding the whisky, the coopers wouldn’t tell us what it is. It’s also likely most don’t know. In fact, many coopers don’t care for whisky at all. The same can be said for the Scots in general.

    N: This batch [July 2016] is a spicy, mild, malty whisky with a touch of peat. Becomes richer with time.
    T: Same as the nose. Creamier and sweeter into the finish
    F: A touch of peat then leaning towards a malty toasted-ness with some greenish notes.

    C: A fair malt at a fair price [£35 at time of writing].

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