Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Speyburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyburn is frequently overlooked by Whisky lovers outside of Scotland. That's a shame as the Whiskies from Speyburn are charming and wonderfully subtle while complex. The distillery itself, which began production in 1897, is one of the most beautiful in Scotland and is often said to be the most photographed distillery in the nation. In a time when bigger is seemed to be better I love the understated and delicate aromatics and flavors offered by Speyburn malts.
Handing the moniker of most beautiful distillery in Scotland to any one distillery will surely spark debate but there are many who would hand that title to Speyburn. Speyburn opened for business in 1897 producing just one butt of spirit on the last week of December. The goal had been to create a Whisky in the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The mission was accomplished in an unfinished distillery that was still in need of windows and doors. Like so many others Speyburn was closed for a period during the depression and in the Second World War the distillery was a base for two artillery units. In 1992 Speyburn was acquired by Inver House signaling the current era. Today Speyburn is renowned for creating delicate and floral malts that are the perfect aperitif.
Brilliant, pale gold color.
The nose is really quite beautiful with scents of honey-soaked toasted malt and cereal, citrus zest, sweet and dry herbs, with hints of vanilla bean, basil, dried flowers, and oak.
The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a silky and fruity core with layers of honey, grain, and earth leading to a delicate floral finish.
Medium-bodied (on the lighter side of medium) with bright, vibrant flavors and perfect balance.
How to Serve
Drink neat in a Whisky glass and add a small splash of water to fully release the nuances tucked away in this dram.
Price: $ 29.99