Review: Speyburn 25 Year Old Solera Cask
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Speyburn Distillery
Bottling: Official, Inver House
Cost: £84.14 from Master of Malt [sold out]
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.
Clear light amber.
Citrus, toffee, fruity – vanilla, honey, apples & pears, woody, oaky, spicy.
Medium bodied, smooth, vanilla, fruity, grapefruit, sweet, spicy.
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!
Refractive chardonnay gold (6/20) slow, fat, droplet tears leave wide legs
Leathery and fruity, peach, a hint of Christmas cake, toffee’d oak wood, orange and ginger marmalade, cereal barley malt, vanilla, apple and pear
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.
Long, spiced grapefruit, sweet and sour
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!
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