Thursday, April 24, 2008
Have just tried ... Speyburn 10 years old
Speyburn distillery is found in Speyside. The distillery is not that well known in the UK but is one of the best selling whiskies in the USA. It is owned by a company called Inver House Distillers, who in turn belong to a parent company called Thai Beverages PLC (they are well known for the Chang beer brand). Inver House market Speyburn as a 'value for money' whisky and the core range from the distillery is small (only this 10 years old and a 25 years old). The nose is sweet and fruity (fresh apples and oranges), with some caramel and honey. There is also some spirit vapour that comes to the front, which isn't the most pleasant sensation. On the palate this whisky is nice and simple. I found elements of sweet toffee, vanilla, a hint of coconut and something nutty (almonds, I think). However, that alcohol spirit comes through again towards the end. The finish was short and disappeared almost instantly but it was crisp and pleasant with the fresh fruit from the nose prominent. This is a decent and refreshing whisky which is quite light and fruity. The only thing that spoils it is the raw spirit sensation that is present. I think this would be a great, easy drinking whisky for a hot summer's day and is pretty good value for money at just over £20.