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Speyburn 21 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Speyburn 21 Years Old

Brand
Speyburn
Expression
21 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
21 years old
Abv
60.20%
Produced at
Speyburn Distillery
Region
Speyside
Website
www.inverhouse.com
Availability
Worldwide

Michael Jackson

Nose
Flowery, leafy, peaty.
Palate
Clean. Reticent at first, but develops a good long malt background, then fresh, herbal, heathery notes.
Finish
Nutty sweetness, becoming drier. Late peaty warmth.
Comment
Very restrained, but lovely gentle peat smoke.

Jim Murray

Nose
Marvellously rich and fruity. Unmistakable sherry influence but lifted in complexity by a hint of raspberry, apple and peat. The oaky vanilla is beautifully synchronised with a molasses sweetness, the sweet pipe tobacco.
Palate
An immediate explosion of spice and sweet Oloroso defuses slowly so the malt gains a firm and chewy hand. Very substantial.
Finish
Slightly hard and metallic with some smoke and malt still hanging on against the drying oak.
Comment
Highly impressive whisky, quite exceptional for a Speyburn. Only the over-firm finale stops this from being one of the top five Speyside expressions of the last five years.
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