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Speyburn 10 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Speyburn 10 Year Old
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Speyburn 10 Bottling Note

This 10 year old single malt was a gold medal winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. A classic from the Speyburn distillery.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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User Reviews of the Speyburn 10 Year Old

Vey good Highland. Greatest scotch value or whiskey value sold.

Excellent Highland scotch. Not too peaty nor too smokey. The right amount of spice and malt. When you factor in price, there is not a better Highland. If this sold for $45 to $60 a 750, it would be highly acclaimed.

When the local high end liqore store had a pricy scotch tasting test, they offered a blind sample of speyburn 10 and it was one of most liked samples against Highland scotches in the $40 to $80 range.

17th February 2017


bought for 22EUR in supermarket in lithuania. bergain. Was only single malt there. So, why not, gave a shot...
its too rough...solid product, just need lot more ageing. For a cocktails fits maybe, but for a true experience, get with extra tenner something else...

1st January 2017

It's not 'Whiskey'...

I'm a Scot. From Scotland. And people who write such things as: "Missing the peatiness I expect in a good single malt. Good beginner whiskey for the price," do not know the first thing about single malts, 'beginners', or whisky. (Note to Americans: Scottish malts are not 'whiskEy' in the singular - they are 'whisky'.) Furthermore, for all you WHISKEY snobs out there, this is a perfectly good single malt WHISKY for the price. In fact, as others have pointed out, it is an _exceptional_ malt for the price! I prefer the A'bunadh, and have several cases of the stuff. After that, I would go with the Balvenie Single Barrel (that's the name, not a descriptor), and then with the Glenfarclas 105, for when I want to launch myself to Mars. But if I were low on cash and away from a decent store where I could buy the above, I would settle for the Speyburn any time. Slainte.

28th November 2016

Best cheap dram on the market

Was gifted this a few holidays back by my in laws who typically buy me a bottle of scotch when I arrive. The usual roster includes laphraoig, lagavulin and the like. So At the time I thought it was a pretty horrible turn especially when I recalled seeing this in the $25 rack at the liquor store. Was pleasantly surprised and it is now a go to scotch when I don't feel like blowing $60-70 for one of my Faves.

27th November 2016

A bit rough

It's very fruity, but its a bit harsh with a good, long burn. I think it needs a bit more aging, still a little rough around the edges.

However, it makes a damn good cocktail. My favorite is making the Penicillin with extra ginger.

29th October 2016

Glenlevit 12 > This but the price sets it apart

I can get this for $20/bottle 750ml at Woodmans. That's cheaper then most places sell Jack which tastes ok but not great and is is headache juice since they cheaped out and started doing 3.5yrs instead of 4. This is the best value in Whiskey period. Glenlevit 12 is my favorite hands down and glenfiddich tastes like turpentine. But for the money... you can get a 1.75 of this for the price of a 750ml of that! This is my night cap, never a hangover, never feeling like crap the next day. The price and quality combo makes this my drink of choice.

20th October 2016

10/10 with price in mind, 8/10 with age in mind

This is my hands down favorite find at Safeway Grocery. It's usually on sale for about $22 a bottle and at that price it's almost impossible to beat. $22 is competing with Dewar's white label or Johnny red, and although I enjoy both those, I much prefer a Dram of Speyburn. I enjoy this just as much as Glenfiddich or Glenlivet 12, maybe more so, or at least as a change up for daily drams . If you like Speyside scotch, I think you'll find this to be a hidden gem that if blind taste tested, you'd likely rate alongside the famous Glenn's. If you prefer Highlands with a wisp of smoke, you might find the Speyburn a bit sweet. If you prefer Islay peat.....what are you doing looking at whiskey from the highlands?

30th July 2016

Good value, nice novice taste.

Fruity (apples & pears) vanilla, lightly woody. Nothing overpowering or overly impressive, but its a nice, mellow Speyside. Could also serve to bring wine drinkers to the Scotch side. Great price.

6th July 2016

burn at first, too young, needs aging

The initial burn is a dead giveaway that it hasn't been properly aged. 10 years isn't enough? Why is this?
It must be something to do with either ingredients, or quality control. Either way, Speyburn are sloppy.

10th June 2016

Best value

A light gold color, not much coloring in this juice. Taste is floral, honey, cream , fruity, a whiff of peatiness at the end. Finish is long and malty. A very well balanced dram for a reasonable price, a rare thing in scotch unfortunately. Some of these low scores are either because of bad bottles or people who dont know good whisky. I've made this my go to drink.

16th May 2016

Nasty crap.

I nearly gagged on this swill. Its just horrible.

14th May 2016

Nicely surprised

I tasted that dram for the first time yesterday. My girlfriend got me a bottle of this and a bottle of Highland Park 12 to celebrate the end of my bachelor degree. This scotch is really smooth and lovely. I get a hint of pears towards the end. Really like it.

23rd April 2016

Extremely Good value

I cannot give this whisky less than full score. For this price its a darn Good value. And besides that it is also way better than Glenfiddich 12 and Glenlivet 12 Even if IT was at The same prøve.

Speyburn 10 is firstfilled in quality casks.

21st April 2016

Hidden gem

Starting to explore the realm of cheaper single malts because I have tried virtually all the mid level stuff and cannot afford anything over 18 years old at the rate I drink the stuff so figured I'd give this a try and for $23 I'm very impressed. First of all it's actually bottled at 43% Abv which gives it points in my book as well as a little more depth and flavor. M.o.m got the tasting notes right tho some orchard fruit , pine needles, mint, very light smoke ,touch of honey and a floral/herbal finish. Surprisingly good for the money I will definitely buy more of this great alternative to glenlivet 12 as a cheap go to whisky. The sugarbear

16th April 2016

I like scotch. Scotchie scotch scotch

Damn good booze. Got that raisin taste I like in a good scotch. Will pick up another bottle when it's on sale.

12th March 2016

Amazing find

This is the very best value with the highest quality taste in a single malt. Just wanted to try something new and I am now glad I did.

11th March 2016

Mellow vanilla

A mellow whisky- dusty vanilla notes and an oaky additional toasted vanilla and honey nose. It's very nice. Not like any other 10 yr I've tried.

18th February 2016

Crisp and nice flavor

Crisp and refreshing. Very unique flavor. Nice finish. Would definitely recommend it.

3rd February 2016

Pure Gold

I don't equate money with value in whisky. Big dollars do not always equate to big flavor. Whatever its current market price, Speyburn 10 is a satisfying dram. Though younger than Glenfiddich 12, its increased ABV makes it not only comparable but in many ways superior. The noses and tastes are remarkably similar, and if that G12 lingers on the tongue longer, the delivery of the S10 more than compensates. And though it doesn't linger as long as G12, its added heat and youth are playfully and present after the swallow. Speyburn 10 is a clean, cut grass, best-of-Speyside sipper. Don't mix this one, folks, and don't add too much water. A wee spoonful will do, even a wee part of a spoonful. Too much water mutes its best qualities. And to the official reviewer above, sip again, my friend--there's no smoke here, not even a hint.

3rd February 2016

great value

I paid 23 dollars. For the price it's damned good. It's no Macallum but's great for the price and im no connoisseur....

1st February 2016


Didn't care much for the blended Speyburn, but this. This is outstanding - esp for the money. Typically drink Laphroaig 10 and Glenlivet 12. This reminds me of Glenlivet 12 a bit. Intense at first but smooth and pleasant aftertaste.

20th January 2016

Good stuff

Good value for quality

18th January 2016

Too much anise

Hope this isn't a duplicate - I posted earlier and it seems to have disappeared. Anyway, the bottle I bought is dominated by the flavor of anise. Never had a malt like this before. Thankfully, it subsided some after the bottle had been open for a while, but it is still overly-influenced by that flavor. Disappointing.

2nd January 2016


Delicious. Caramel, orange and tobacco notes.. Great stuff, and at around $40 a bottle it can't be beat.

30th December 2015



21st December 2015

Great Value

I was stocking up my holiday bar and realized I needed a single malt Scotch, yet I had a limited budget as I had other liquors and wines to buy. I consulted the proprietor of the liquor store who helped me narrow down to a Highland, but then left me on my own to choose. I went back and forth between known brands, but finally chose Speyburn. Of course I tried it as soon as I got home and, WOW, what a great surprise...I felt like the 1%.

15th December 2015

On my fourth bottle in two months

Taste is a preference. It's about individual sensitivity and tolerance. I like my alcohols smooth but with a kick. I don't drink much whiskey but of late I got addicted to certain Scotch ones. Glenfiddich 12 and Speyburn 10 are two of them.

At $32 in Kentucky with two fine crystal whiskey glasses, it's cheap. So cheap that I didn't have much expectations. I bought it for a friend of mine who just wanted to try out a cheap one. I instantly liked the sweet smell that was soft on my nostrils. In the mouth it didn't burn at all. Tasted like honeyed orange peels with some light roasted hastel nuts. Lingering after taste that prompts you for a second one soon after.

Not paired well with spicy food, but if you should have whiskey with your South Indian spicy chicken, this would be your best bet.

Today, I was passing through New Hampshire and got this for $22 with no taxes. I bought 2. I regret it already. I must have bought the whole box!!!

28th August 2015

Secret Getting Out

An exceptional single Malt for such a great price. I am finding it Sold out way to often guess the secret is out. Worth a taste!!!

16th July 2015

Well surprised

Good, nice taste, for a Friday after work refresh and think about the weekend!! Rating 4

2nd May 2015

Top notch

So good. I hope the price doesn't go up 25 is under priced. A lot better than a lot of your 40 dollar bottles.

22nd April 2015

very good

As someone said here, notes of barley, honey and fruit(s) predominate, but the oak influence is also very well managed. This is a seriously good and charming single malt from Speyside, carrying off the feat of being both dry yet extremely refreshing!

13th March 2015

Good one

This was my second single malt and it is very decent. It isn't very punchy but that's its strength. It's very smooth and subtle. Would I buy another bottle? Absolutely

8th January 2015

Good whisky!

This is a good bottle of whisky! a must try

5th January 2015

Speyburn heaven

All I can say is for the money you get a rich fruity single malt with bags of bite and a warming honey flavoured after glow - simply superb

2nd January 2015

quite a nice value

just got a bottle for 28USD and quite a nice taste and value for a bottom shelf brand...and to Mr YUCH below? go back to don't have a clue...I come here for reviews all the time and they are always spot on...go ahead be leery...or maybe just go away...Merry Christmas to all my fellow Scotch drinkers

20th December 2014

Pleasure and surprise

Just picked up a bottle of this at Gelsons supermarket in LA for $19.99 dollars which in my British money is just around £14. So I'm giving it 4* on that alone. This is a £40.00 Whiskey in the UK. However it's subtle, sweet, airy taste deserves that extra half star. If you know whiskey then you know that it's the individuality of taste that deserves credit and this has it.

8th December 2014

A pleasant surprise

love it, love it!

7th December 2014

great value

nice Speyside malt - honey, fruit & barley notes dominate

2nd December 2014


This is a perfectly solid whisky for, at least, in my area, a very good price. I got it for about $25 after tax, and it tastes as good as something in the typical $40+ entry-level malt range. The tasting notes on this page are accurate, if slightly exaggerated, but overall it's good stuff and good value.

20th November 2014

Come on Man

this is probably one of the worst scotch whiskey I have ever had it lacks a lot of complexity band over all flavor. if this scotch whiskey was 50 bucks it would be a rip off but at 27 (va) it is ok but still a pallet killer if you ask me .

19th November 2014

Great for the price

For those that prefer peat..stick to the Islay malts. For those that can appreciate a true Highland Dram, this is for you! Soft and subtle, it drinks like an expensive Highland malt. Just what you'd expect, fruity with an outdoorsy aftertaste that lingers on the palate without being bitter. A 'must have' for those we cool nights to warm the insides.

16th November 2014


Was just as surprised as anyone else to find that this whiskey far surpassed anything else on the middle shelf at my local grocer. Was staring longingly at the Glenmorangie, but didn't have the cash for it so settled on this. Little did I know it would be pretty comparable for less than a bottle of Jameson's. Barely any smokiness to be tasted here, but super drinkable nonetheless. Don't listen to the few snobbish reviews here expecting Lagavulin's for less the half the price. A solid purchase.

31st October 2014

Patience is a virtue,....

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 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

Shockingly good...

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

Best Deal in Single Malt Scotch

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

Big Surprise!!

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.

9th January 2014

A single malt for this's heaven

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! $19.99 here in Maine

wow this stuff is way better than anything in its price range. drinks more like a 45+$ dollar bottle.

28th December 2013

One of my favorites

You just cannot go wrong with this one.mfor $23 in Hawaii, it is awesome!

27th December 2013

Surprising gem from my local liquor store

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

Scotch fan in Hawaii

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

Tipsy Hiker

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

Dangerously Good Dram!

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

The mymic

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

A Tad Light

Missing the peatiness I expect in a good single malt. Good beginner whiskey for the price

24th January 2013

Yes Indeed

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

It is amazing!

Everyone loves this whiskey! It flies off the shelves here in Hawaii!

7th January 2013

Pleasant tipple

Really enjoyed this whisky. I preferred it to most low-end single malts. Would defiantly buy again.

4th April 2012

Worth it!

welcome to all things Scottish-if its Not scottish its CR**P!"
aye its still true

25th October 2011

why is this so great yet so cheap?

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.

25th October 2011

Speyside 10 yr.

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

For a mere $26. US - amazing!

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

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