Review: Speyburn 25 Year Old Solera Cask

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Speyburn Distillery

Bottling: Official, Inver House

ABV: 46%

Cost: £84.14 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

25 Year Old Solera Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Spicy, sweet, long lasting with a dry finish.

Now archived Speyburn 25 Year Old Solera was a whisky of rare quality. The finest Scottish spirit is matured for a quarter of a century in American white oak ex-bourbon and ex-Fino sherry casks carefully selected by distillery manager Robert Anderson. This slow process produced a multi-award winning single malt whisky of exceptional depth, complexity and balance.

Colour

Clear light amber.

Nose

Citrus, toffee, fruity – vanilla, honey, apples & pears, woody, oaky, spicy.

Taste

Medium bodied, smooth, vanilla, fruity, grapefruit, sweet, spicy.

 

Omakase Sayonara WOLS

What I say:

Another dram (#3) from the Omakase Sayonara WOLS Tasting presented by Richard Kuo. This is a solera vatted 25 year old sherried malt from Speyburn (similar to Glenfiddich’s solera malt) due to the failure to empty the solera tun (ever) there will be a very small proportion of this bottling originating in the very first cask decanted into the solera tun, so definitely 25 years old plus!

Colour:

Refractive chardonnay gold (6/20) slow, fat, droplet tears leave wide legs

Nose:

Leathery and fruity, peach, a hint of Christmas cake, toffee’d oak wood, orange and ginger marmalade, cereal barley malt, vanilla, apple and pear

Taste:

Fruity and spicy, grapefruit pith, lemon, lime, some cream and vanilla foam, crème brulee, over-caramelised sugar, molasses, sour white pepper and grapefruit, tannic and drying oak wood.

Finish:

Long, spiced grapefruit, sweet and sour

Overall:

An interesting expression oddly full of grapefruit and quite sour and bitter in places with a touch of dryness. In more youthfull whisky I may have mistaken this for green/virgin (or tired) oak wood influence but here who knows – perhaps a product of the solera system? Whatever the origin this flavour combination is really quite pleasing and more-ish to dram. A shame it is no longer available!

Score: 89/100

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