By Kurt Maitland
Speyburn is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio that includes Old Pulteney, Balblair, and Knockdhu (now released as AnCnoc), and has been since 1992. The distillery is more properly known as the Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery, dating back to 1897 in a scenic glen that draws water from Granty Burn, a tributary of the River Spey.
Note that this is not the same distillery that makes The Glenlivet, despite its name. That distillery is located in Moray. Speyburn is considered one of the more attractive Scotch distilleries, and is sometimes billed as “the most photographed distillery in Scotland.” The Speyburn 10 Year Old is listed as the middle part of their single malt range, and is bottled at 43% abv.
Appearance: Ginger ale
Nose: Fresh bread, citrus, floral notes and a hint of oatmeal cookie
Palate: Citrus and sweetbread, with a mouthfeel that is even, smooth and not too dry
Finish: The bread and citrus fades into an astringent quiet burn that lasts for a good long time
This is a solid scotch. It has a light straightforward flavor and works as a good intro to the world of single malts (non-Peaty beast division) as well as a relaxing, straightforward dram.
This is definitely high on my “bang for the buck” list of single malts. The Speyburn 10 Yr Old will run you between $23 and $27 US for a bottle. At this price it definitely punches above its weight class and is certainly worth a look.