Speyburn 1989/2013 Gordon & MacPhail
I seriously don’t know what to tell you about Speyburn. I really don’t have any feelings towards this unknown Speysider. Neither positive or negative. It’s not exactly first on my list of distilleries whenever I go out to buy new whisky. Luckily for me, Gordon & MacPhail sent me a sample of one of their Speyburn bottlings as part of their Wood Makes the Whisky-campaign. I’m thankful they did, because it showed me I should always keep trying new stuff.
Speyburn 1989/2013 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice)
Nose: Sweet breakfast cereals, almonds and malted barley, followed by a more fruitier side. Pineapple and mango. A hint of thyme.
Taste: Milk chocolate with mild orange juice. Spices, mainly aniseed, but not very distinctive. Finally some toasted oak and lemon.
Finish: Fruity with menthol. Medium in length.
Well, this is actually really enjoyable. Subtle and enough complexity to refrain from becoming boring. Balanced as well. This didn’t disappoint.
Sample provided by Gordon & MacPhail
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.