Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2013
What's in a name? Speyburn 10 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Speyburn 10 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is quite citrussy and zesty. Sugared orange peels and herbal notes, wood shavings and pine oil, rubbed spearmint leaves and winter spice. There are notes of malted barley and cereal sweetness. The palate is of medium-body and quite smooth. There are well-balanced notes of cereal sweetness and arak, malt extract and aniseed with hints of something herbaceous and a touch of smoke. The finish is quite long with lots of barley.
Bought this one on a whim whilst perusing my local grocer liquor stock. Got home and before knocking the horns off this bottle I checked what ralfy.com had to say. This was cheap compared to most single malts, $24 plus the governor, and I was, of course, a little trepid about what to expect of this modestly priced whisky. To my surprise,ralfy thought it was, for the price, pretty decent. I thought the citrus nose with vanilla, sugar, and fresh cut grass was ok, but the taste did not impress me much. I got called away by a phone call, and whilst I was away 15 minutes, that gave this scotch a chance to open up. Consequently, the finish got very smooth with a definite red apple note, which I did enjoy. I wouldn't proudly serve this to close friends, but will have no problem taking this bottle down whilst watching football this fall. Not a bad purchase at all, and easy on the wallet to be sure.
11th September 2014
I tried to be open-minded about this Speyburn, but it was awful. it smelled like cheap bourbon and had a horribly uneven, burning aftertaste that not even a glass full of ice could hide. I'm now very leery of reviews I read on here as many of the reviews were quite glowing. spend $8 more and get Glenmorangie
8th September 2014
If Speyburn 10 cost $75 per bottle -- it would not be a disappointment. That it cost $27 (in Virginia) is absolutely amazing.
Complex and entirely agreeable. The only problem with it is that it's way too easy to drink a lot of it.
So -- yes -- this is the best "cheap" single malt Scotch whiskey I've ever encountered.
4th May 2014
Lots of citrus on the nose and a delightful variety of banana, toffee, and hazelnut on the palate. Smooth finish. Like most highland malts this one features fruit and nut aspects with no smoke or peat that just turn me off of many products from Islay. Take it neat and enjoy! This is a mighty tasty whisky, and I got it for less than $25--I'm in love!
13th March 2014
Well first of all what is on the outside. This whiskey seems to have an identity crisis. It proudly declares 'highland single malt' both on the front & on the rear label, however on the blurb it declares 'This classic Speyside Malt' so which is it highland or speyside?, however this isn't my main quibble. I read further down... now my Danish isn't great but german is ok, and they declare in somewhat smaller print (& not in english at all)that the whisky has an artificial colour. Feeling already a little betrayed already I opened the bottle, only to find the contents very drinkable Manufacturers note: I would have quite enjoyed this without the colour so leave it alone, the product would taste as good without and I dare say look as attractive! A reasonable for the price malt. Keep it in for passing aquaintances!
27th February 2014
This is a great buy. I know I have passed this bottle up in the past because I fell into the logic of low price, low quality. After doing some research (like what you are doing right now!) I came to realize how much of a hidden gem this 10 year Scotch truly is at $23 in Chicago. If you are a beginner or like the smoothness of Highland/Speyside Scotches like Glenmorangie or Glenlivet, you will enjoy it. I prefer Glenmorangie, but if I just want a casual drink, Speyburn is my go to drink. If anything, you'll enjoy the extra cash in your wallet by passing up the other expensive options.
25th February 2014
If you want Peat buy Islay ardbeg 10 superior than most.I'm from Scotland I know.
9th January 2014
I am a big fan of The Glenlivet and also like Glenmorangie. I bought this as it was the cheapest single malt Scotch in the store and I just figured I would suffer through it if it was bad. I tasted it and was completely blown away. I actually feel that it is smoother than the aforementioned brands. I will be purchasing this from now on.
got this on sale for 20$ and I didn't have much hope for it due to the price. Was I ever wrong!!!!! The taste is of a bottle of something double the price. it's incredibly smooth, easy to drink and has a refined taste that will delight any single malt fan. not the best single malt I've ever had but certainly the best for a single malt for under $35
29th December 2013
wow this stuff is way better than anything in its price range. drinks more like a 45+$ dollar bottle.
28th December 2013
You just cannot go wrong with this one.mfor $23 in Hawaii, it is awesome!
27th December 2013
My guy Ramon sold me this today and I'm glad he did. I'm Scottish and I was shocked to get this lovely bottle of Jock for less than $30. It's a handsome drop, well balanced with great flavours. Aside from the "bargain price" I'd buy this any time because it's very good. Forget the "peaty" comments - it's not meant to be peaty.
I would definitely buy this whisky again, I'm thrilled to have found it.
12th December 2013
you're spot on - if you want campfire the get Lapphroig - but it's an Islay and wyill cost you 3X as much. this is a very good highland for less than 1/2 the cost of most highlands
30th September 2013
For the price and age, this cannot be beat. To anyone expecting peatiness, it is a Highland single malt, not an Islay. For someone that is looking for something Glenmorangie but half the price, this is the ticket.
15th June 2013
For a friend of scotch single malt whiskeys this misses the feel of "sitting on a campfire". When I first tasted this whiskey the first thing that came to my head was: Tequila. Citrus/lemon dominates this whikey. A good price for a kind-of-...OK -whiskey. A bit of disappointment for me though..
25th April 2013
I am shocked on how good this 10yr single malt is for the price! I would recommend to anybody, you won't be dissapointed.
13th April 2013
Tasting notes from the chaps at master of malt are spot on, its a wonderful dram, for a really good price. You could spend 5-10 pounds more and not get something as good.
5th February 2013
Missing the peatiness I expect in a good single malt. Good beginner whiskey for the price
24th January 2013
This whisky drinks a lot better than the $20 that I paid for it. It's rich, smooth and velvet texture made me check my receipt several times. I gave a bottle to a friend, who said "I really enjoyed that mate."
13th January 2013
Everyone loves this whiskey! It flies off the shelves here in Hawaii!
7th January 2013
Really enjoyed this whisky. I preferred it to most low-end single malts. Would defiantly buy again.
4th April 2012
welcome to all things Scottish-if its Not scottish its CR**P!"
aye its still true
25th October 2011
Every weekend a my father and i buy 2 bottles of single malt.
The first is usually whatever we hear good things about,which we then add to an evergrowing collection of single malts put together; the second is a Speyburn 10 year which we usually drink rather quickly.
My family has been in the liquor selling business for generations, and all i can say is that its a shame this isnt sold by a distributor, its better than most blended and cheap single malts for sale in the states,
really an amazing whisky for the price.
I've had Dalmore 12, dalmore malt, glenlivet, glenfiddich 12 and macallan 10. The speysside 10 tastes better, at least tonite. Buttery, mild and strong finish. Lots of flavors in between.
15th January 2011
Nose is lemony, not over sweet or harsh, nice lasting finish. Watch out it's quite drinkable! You'll wonder why you've paid 3 times as much for half as good.
9th December 2010