Review – Speyburn 15

Speyburn distillery is located close to the Speyside village of Rothes and has a working capacity of 1.9 million litres per year. The distillery was first founded in 1897 by John Hopkin & Co before being absorbed into the DCL in 1916.

It has been owned by Inver House Distillers since 1991.

The Speyburn 15 is a marriage of American Oak and Spanish Oak casks. It also showcases a packaging redesign for the brand.

Speyburn 15yo, OB, 46%abv, press sample (available here)


The nose feels very fresh. Big hits of lemon and green apple. There is a delicate hint of mint as well as elements of vanilla, elderflower, powdered sugar and a lingering biscuitiness, as well as a mild soapy note I seem to always get from Speyburn.

The palate is, as we would expect from the nose, very light and well balanced with hints of balsa wood, apricots, white chocolate, light toffee. given time some sultanas, oranges and a little bit of malt emerge.

Vanilla notes now take over from the fruits that have been prevalent until the finish. There is a light ginger element here too, alongside the omnipresent biscuits. For a moment the finish turns the slightest bit tannic as a few oak notes linger.

It is in no way unpleasant, perhaps however a little unremarkable.

I would however think twice about spending nearly £60 on ‘pleasant’. Sitting at this price point pitches it against some serious competition.

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