Now here is a new name to many readers, especially those living abroad; Speyburn. This isn’t a high profile distillery or one that has far reaching distribution. However this No Age Statement single malt normally retails in the mid-£20’s which is an excellent price compared to well known distilleries, or even blends. So when I stumbled across a bottle in Sainbury’s for just £17, well you cannot argue with that! Just consider how much Diageo are charging for those NAS Talisker’s – around 4 times the price.
Speyburn itself was established in 1897 and you can read more about its history here. Bradan Orach is gaelic for golden salmon and this whisky is certainly golden but thankfully devoid of any fish aroma or taste. Caramel E150 ensures that colour scheme is remarkable but what about the dram itself?
My expectations were low as I have heard some criticism of this Speyburn bottling. I always put such criticism into context; this is a very reasonably priced whisky that has an old school style presentation. Whisky and certain distilleries are very fashionable and some mistakenly view this popularity as a barometer for quality. For every dram I’ve enjoyed from a blue chip distillery, you could double that number for one that isn’t as high profile.
Bottled: No Age Statement
Cask Type: Ex-bourbon casks
Cask Numbers: n/a
Additional: No age statement
Price: variable but expect around £22