Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
What's in a name? Speyburn Bradan Orach whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Speyburn Bradan Orach whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Fruity, malty. Orchard fruits, blossom, hints of light citrus, creamy.
Palate: Fruity and balanced. Lots of creamy vanilla, hints of spice. Oak.
Finish: Quite long, oak, spice.
I normally get a bottle of Macallan 12yr but cash was tight and I picked this up. not a sipping Scotch but for $18 it will do for shots with a chaser to get me drunk.
6th September 2014
In my mind it is one of the best I have ever tasted, if not the best
24th August 2014
Not sure what the moaning is about. Look at the price tag and show me better value pound-for-pound. It has all the markers of a classic Speyside whisky.
19th June 2014
Literally, this whisky does what it says on the tin. It's a youngish NAS single malt from Speyside that has a good quality to price ratio and gets the job done when you're looking for a refreshing, summery dram. Really don't understand the snobbery in some of the comments.
28th May 2014
Bought this on special offer £17.99 at my local wine merchant
Money down the drain
10th May 2014
I have travelled past Speyburn Distillery a few times over the years. Its pagoda rises out of the small glen, an enchanting sight, so 2 years ago I took a walk up the glen to get the full view. A delightfuly small distillery, I walked around and chatted to a few workers, all delightfully friendly. The only strange thing is that the distillery is on the Broadburn, that runs into the Spey, a few hundred yards away, I suppose it a better selling name. Anyway, over the past years I have managed to empty a few bottles, I find it an excellent dram, full of original, special flavours. I am not one for all these tastes some people get, fried eggs, chicken soup, haggis, red duke tatties et al,
THIS DRAM TASTES GREAT AND IS WELL WORTH TWENTY QUID.
7th May 2014
Despite what some other commentators think, not all whisky has to be big and bold with lots of maturity or sherry cask character. This is an easy-drinking entry-level dram that does what it says on the tin - it's a youthful speysider matured in bourbon casks, light, fresh and understated. And the price offers good value.
Having been a whisky drinker for almost 30 years i would say i know my malts and this less known whisky should certainly be better known given the high quality and flavour - a good whisky at a reasonable price is hard to come by and would join the reviewer that posts 'give this one a chance'
9th April 2014
The 10 year-old Speyburn is better, yes, but for something to buy between paychecks this is a very serviceable single malt. As a Highland there's no smoke or peat. Very noticeable sour apple and pear essences in the nose and a delightful overlay of hazelnut on the palate. The finish is a bit harsh, but a small splash of water neutralizes that without compromising the flavor. Too much.
18th February 2014
Better scotch can likely be wrung from a hefty scotchsmans cod piece after a hot summers day.
13th February 2014
I'm new to scotch but have found this to be a very smooth enjoyable dram. I like the hints of apple and pear in the nose and the nutty overlay on the tongue. I will definitely try their other bottlings!
9th February 2014
Had this a a whisky club tasting a while back. No one liked it, most of us poured it down the sink. Just an overall undrinkable whisky. Avoid.
16th January 2014
I received a bottle of this from a "Secret Santa"... I don't have any known enemies in the workplace and can only assume the spending cap of $25 is why I received this. Now I am hesitant to even open the bottle. Hell in college I would drink anything! Then again I also had sex with a rather larger (although cute in the face) young lady following a bender. Let's have a sip, shall we.........
15 minutes have elapsed- i will. It speak ill of something that someone, somewhere for some reason takes pride in making, so....................
12th December 2013
The Speyburn 10yr is my favorite whisky, but the Bradan Orach is really not drinkable at all. They allowed too much of the bad cut during distillation. Too bad! I wouldn't have minded if it was just young and spirity, but this stuff is horrible.
26th November 2013
25th November 2013
It was shite!
13th October 2013
No depth of flavor or warmth here at all. It just leaves me disappointed, and pissed off that I only have this to drink for the rest of the night. I don't even typically review products online, but this one just really sucks.
8th September 2013
This is cheap liquor, not cheap single malt.
26th August 2013
I liked this stuff. Not harsh, not unpleasant and very reasonable price. Much better than the cheap blends, in my very amateur opinion.
21st August 2013
I don't know which one is worse.......life in prison or have to drink that whiskey, the positive sight of this is you are or have had someone alcoholic in your family I can guarantee you that there is no need for you to check in yourself in rehab just have yourself an entire bottle of this s***, by the end of the bottle you won't be an alcoholic anymore
22nd July 2013
I think that for you have a better understanding of the terminology you have to try this s***, I rather to be stabbed by a homeless heroine addict than drinking this. I had the impression that this was distilled in plywood barrels. Oh s*** f*** the oak that was responsible for this tragedy.
The best to described would be "the perfect gift for your ex wife after being divorce for 10 years". This has to be illegal I am currently. Doing a research on that one
The nose is an interesting one with honey, green apples, citrus and vanilla. On the palate, it is bright, spicy, with honey, a hint of cereal, light oak and proto-coconut. If this whisky is 'matured' in a second fill bourbon cask, the cask's influence is underdeveloped producing a loudness in spirit with a very short finish This will be the first pour on a whisky flight for visitors who don't know Scotch.
12th May 2013
Tasteless and with a very astringent finish.
Who on earth would give this five stars? Employees from the Speyburn marketing department that's who. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.
28th April 2013
9th April 2013
Very harsh on the palate. I mix this with club soda and enjoy as a blend type of scotch.
Somewhat like I imagine distilled cardboard must taste like.
Not even cheap at 20 quid! Any cheap blended whisky has more going for it than this.
21st February 2013
Dreadful stuff. Ended up with a litre of this rubbish because of these positive internet reviews.
Shame on Speyburn for selling this stuff and calling it whisky.
Flavourless and depressing to drink. I'm not an alcoholic so I'm not particularly interested in downing white-spirit so I might use it one the drains.
forgot to do the stars...
4th December 2012
Not the finest of malts, but given the cost and its decievingly subtle flavour it makes for a good 'session' malt.
Quite pleasing on the palate, initially appearing a little mild, there is a nice smooth creamy flavour to be had once aired a little, what it lacks in absolute complexity makes it a nice dram for grazing along with through the evening, enjoying the subtle flavours without the 'burn' of a more intense malt.
The more I drink the nicer it gets, and doesn't suffer so much from the issue of a bottle opened months previous losing its edge.
For the price is reccomended.
If you like this then you must try Strathisla, glengoyne 10yo, or macallan fine oak 10yo, and vice versa.
Having only just begun to savour the delights of various single malts, my wife bought a bottle of Speyburn, and I was surprised at this no age example. The smooth taste and the fresh after tastes that gave me the enjoyment I experienced, without any harshness on the tongue, will be a private pleasure for some time.
29th December 2011