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Speyburn Bradan Orach

(70cl, 40%)

Speyburn Bradan Orach

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Bradan Orach Bottling Note

Bradan Orach is Gaelic for Golden Salmon, the very best kind of salmon. A no age statement Speyburn, named for the River Spey, a great spot for salmon fishing.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Speyburn Bradan Orach Reviews

High in tails?

As a distiller who produces both single malt and bourbon whiskeys, among other spirits, so far I am not a fan of this product. It tastes as though the Distillery is not cutting the tails from the batches in time producing weak and rather awful flavors. The copper also needs to be cleaned more frequently with a neutral cleaner. The bourbon barrels must be getting stripped or they are very old, no bourbon notes are picked up at all.

The grassy tastes could also be coming from poorly produced malt that is to green. Had that happen to us. Threw it out. I would have done better with a bottle of Teachers, but live and learn.

1st September 2020


Sherry sweet finish, on an otherwise soft and easy-drinking whisky. Good value for money to boot.

25th August 2020

Value for money

Excellent Whisky
Sweet and is best drinking rather than sipping. Noting added.
Glad I tried it and will buy in the future

29th July 2020

Simple, Inexpensive

One dimensional. Notes of alcohol kind of overpower a lot of the nose and some of the taste, but it smells of a grassy field, with some toffee bites. Light and simple, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Very affordable which helps it’s cause. I’ve found in my life that there’s a difference between cheap and inexpensive, and this is the later of the two. Worth buying to keep around or make a rusty nail with.

Gives me heartburn but I keep drinking it so that’s gotta mean something

31st May 2020

Excellent priced for the money

A fine Speyside whisky for the money...I picked a bottle up for £18 as the sweet speyside whiskys are my favourite...nice golden colour with notes of vanilla and fruits...yes it’s a young whisky and not as full bodied as most like...but for under £20 this is hard to beat...drank far worse for double the price

28th April 2020

Great value

Absolutely love this one, great taste and smooth, recommend it.

26th April 2020

Totally worth it

Reasonably priced. Reminds of Glenmorangie.

18th April 2020

A decent, if not especially dimensional single malt at a very good price.

Just bought my first bottle of this whisky. Promising nose with some floral and malt notes if a bit 'thin' (at first) on the palate. But the palate, and especially the finish, improved with a water splash and a bit of breathing in the glass. Has the depth I would expect from what tastes like a six year old. Not just for mixing but quite good on its own. I will buy it again.

1st March 2020

A good overall scotch for the price

I just bought a bottle at my local liquor store and I was looking for something not to pricey and I chose this over the Glenmorangie 10. I'll be honest I was surprised at first sip, a little sweet, kinda fruity with a hint of smoke. Very good for the price.

19th January 2020


This and the Major's Reserve are too young to be considered for anything but mixing. Cheap and not too cheerful.

23rd August 2019

Paint stripper


5th August 2019


Love, love, love this whisky!

18th April 2019

Blind tested

First of all, my rating is for its quality as a single malt; I am ignoring the price, which is very competitive.

I had 6 samples on my most recent order, and just randomly tasted without looking at what I was drinking. I admired the colour (which, let's be honest, is not natural) and I found the nose to be quite promising; some soft orchard fruit, some confectionary, not bad!

Upon tasting, it's obviously young. Not terrible, by any means, but grain and wood, to taste, with a lot of concentration, if you want to identify sweet notes.

It's cheap and, as such, basic. Take a Glen Grant Major's Resv, IMO.

Plainly, others, below disagree with me and they're right and so am I.

Aren't single malts brilliant!?

10th November 2018

It's for drinking not sipping.

There is no such thing as bad whisky. Some people here are drinking with there eyes and not there pallet. This is a very smooth young whiskey and as my old friend used to say " It's for drinking not sipping. "

3rd November 2018

Very Good!!

Bought my 1st bottle Speyburn as promotion. I normally drink McClellans Highland as I'm not a fan of the peaty/smokey flavor profiles. So far I am a fan of Bradan O - it's quite light and crisp on the tongue with a nice lingering finish. Very attractive price as well - I use $20-$30 US as a target because I've found very good to excellent, well crafted examples of all of the spirit varieties - Speyburn is now on the list!

3rd October 2018

Good Spayside type

A good single malt. Young ,floral, slightly fruity and smooth. I like this during summer. Add few drops of water and leave few minutes, then enjoy.

30th August 2018


Ridiculously well priced. Love this dram!!!

14th August 2018

A Fyne example of blend/malt overlap..

If you enjoy a brandy then you will probably enjoy the creaminess of this. The vanilla flavours are very pronounced, reminds me of Loch Fyne Blend. I agree with the Hankey Bannister comment, although this is perhaps a little fuller. A very pleasant and different dram.

4th June 2018

Good Value

Nice young whisky that combines natural Speyside cerealy and zesty notes with aging in American bourbon creating quite a good mouthfeel in my opinion!

29th March 2018

Simple, good tasting malt whisky; a bargain.

Much better than the experts suggest, and nicer than some more expensive tipples. Give it a go with a drop of water; you won't be disappointed.

8th November 2017

The bad and the ugly of speyside

Went to a friend's birthday last night and we did a whisky taste. Two Speyside ones and two Isle ones. This Speyburn was in the speyside category, and came very last compared to the others. Light body, floral aroma, terrible taste flavour like drinking a cologne, and the finish is even worse you are left with chemical artificial like sensation that takes a while to go away. Drink it if you want a to know the bad and the ugly of speyside!
I don't claim to be a professional whisky judge but come on, how can people give any more than one star to this one?

24th September 2017

Not Tequila

The people here comparing this whiskey to tequila has probably never tasted neither before.

Are there better whiskeys on the market? Without a doubt yes. Buy the Speyburn 10 instead, for an example. But the Bradan Orachar is not as bad as tequila.

Would I buy it again however? No. Like I said before, there are a lot better options on the market. If you are on a budget, buy a blend, Hankey Bannister original perhaps.


29th December 2016

Oh my god

This is utterly terrible. I was given this as a Christmas present and on first glance I thought it looked ok. I cracked it open and honestly it tastes like tequila and methylated spirit mixed. There's no class at all. It's rough, sharp, chemical-like and leaves you smiling behind your ears. I've tried mixing it but the vile chemical taste can't be subdued.

My girlfriend said we should have looked it up before opening it then we would have known and so given it away to someone else as a present ... but I WOULDN'T GIVE THIS TO MY WORST ENEMY.

How on earth can they knowingly produce this?

27th December 2016

Hammond Highlander

Having tasted over many years most single malts, this one is an outstandingly good speyside that is a pleasure to drink; can see why it won a bronze medal. I think the negative reviewers must be more used to peaty and more classic, heavier malts, which do have a different and distinctive flavour. This is a fabulous whiskey in my view; but then I prefer the subtlety of speysides.

1st November 2016

Interestingly Different

We did a side by side comparison with the bradan orach and piedra azul tequila so closely similar were these drinks that we took double shots from one shot glass of both products for the whole night, it was as if they were two brothers from different mothers. An experience i will never forget. If u want whiskey that makes you think of mexico, then prepare yourself because once u sip this it will feel like gold falling from the sky, but if youre looking for scotch, then uve found it it will be written on the outside of the bottle and thats about the only place it will be.

30th April 2016


!! Undrinkable !!
The Distillery markets it as 'Subtle, Refreshing & Summery' - it's actually foul, nauseating and as Summery as a Nuclear Winter.
The Head Distiller at Speyburn should hang his head in shame for allowing this God-awful crap to be put into bottles.
This product reflects badly on the rest of the Speyburn range.

25th March 2016

It doesn't deserve 2/10

The lowest possible rating I can give this is 2/10 but it deserves a negative rating (somewhere in the region of minus 500 would be appropriate).

I didn't think I'd ever taste worse Scotch than Bells; I was mistaken this knocks Bells into a cocked hat for general foulness & undrinkability, (except this is supposed to be a single malt??!!)

One to avoid, you can usually pick up a single malt on offer in Tesco for £18-20 which would be infinitely better than this rot, (sucking a tramps socks would probably be infinitely better that Bradan Orach).

Speyburn - what have those poor salmon done to you to be compared with this God-awful muck?
IWSC - how on earth is 'whisky' this awful winning any type of award??

13th March 2016

Shows promise, but lacks complexity.

Speyburn Braden Orach - It's young, shows promise, but lacks complexity in my opinion.

History about me: I'm a Novice, went to a Scotch tasting for the first time last summer (2015) in Wash. D.C.; the varieties offered were Aberlour, Oban, Balvenie and Yamazki 12 yr. Single Malt (SM). The pours were in plastic containers (cups)...the overhead ceiling fans were on blowing down onto the crowd and the drinks, which in my opinion oxidized the scotches just setting out at the different tasting stations...but hands down for me was the Yamazki 12 yr. SM.

My Recent M of M Purchases - Nikka W. from the Barrell (Japanese), Paul John W (Peated-Indian), Yamazaki Reserve (Japanese) and Nikka All Malt (Japanese).

Rating - Of the four scotches, Nikka fr. the Barrell was number one for me. However, my number two, was Paul John. It's simply to die for (but don't do it, live on and enjoy the scotch). The "nose" by far for me as a Novice, stands alone. When you first whiff the aroma, your olfactory glands and brain reverberate saying "Whoah, what is that"...oak, chemical, what? The aroma captivates and assaults your nose like a Muhammed Ali right hook coming at you from out of nowhere, prompting you to say, "Where'd the hell did that come from". But I do agree with the Chaps at M of M (MoM)...the nose is very earthy, not sure about the salt though. As for the palate, MoM is "spot on" BBQ Smoke" all the way. Relative to the Finish, there is something about the flavor, quite can't put my finger on it, that lingers on your tongue long after you've finished the dram, shot, snifter or whatever your choice of drinking glass is. Just do me a favor, "no plastic cups" please. Use an acceptable drinking glass and always drink responsibly.

Speyburn Braden Orach - Bought this bottle on 3/3/16. Saw it on the shelf..."hmmm, nice packaging", so I bought it. Tried some that night, it was ok, but nothing to write home about. Tried more of it the following day after sipping drams of my Nikka All Malt, Paul John Peated Select Cask, and Nikka All Barrell...(left the Yamazaki Reserve at a friend's house, because I wasn't too thrilled with it), and then circled back for a small taste of the Speyburn OB. Needless to say, it was timid and there was no "Ooooh La La".
Nose - Green Apples for sure.
Palate - timid and weak
Finish - You need to take another sip to remind yourself that your drinking scotch. Maybe that's because when you put it up against more seasoned single malts, it just doesn't square up....too young! It needs a booster seat...something to make it more positively memorable. (peat, smoke...something)

My apologies for the unsavoriness of this review, but even as a Novice, I'm not impressed with Speyburn B.O. I will however, hold onto the rest of the bottle and offer it (along with the drams of my more valued scotches) to my friends and ask for "second opinions". That's the best I can do.

4th March 2016


Received this as a gift , glad I didn't spend the $ on it even as cheap as it is. It has a taste closer to an Irish whisky rather then a single malt highland scotch, but not a good Irish whisky. There is a chemical like after taste that I can't exactly place but it is not enjoyable at all. The first scotch I have ever poured out rather then finishing. Tried it with a little water and over rocks nothing improves its bad taste

23rd February 2016


No, it's not the best scotch, but it's great as a mixer — even with just soda. Sips past #1 get better and better. And I find it good for slow sipping relaxed at home. To get better, you will pay double.

9th January 2016

Very disappointing

A complex array of tastes, none of them particularly good. It's hard to believe that this is a single malt as it drinks like a budget blended whiskey. I'm in no rush to revisit this one.

27th December 2015


Was given some for Christmas.
Tastes like turps!

25th December 2015

Interesting comments!

Some folks taste tequila, what did you do to your tastebuds recently?

18th December 2015

not good

at all!

7th December 2015

It's not just me then...

I immediately thought something was wrong with this - it tasted just like tequila, but not in a good way. I am utterly baffled by people giving this 5 star reviews....equivalent to 10/ is truly awful. For the same price you will get Glen Moray or Aberlour, or even a 1ltr bottle of a decent blend like Teachers. Do not buy this, it is dreadful.

9th November 2015

Please make It Stop

Hideous stuff - my friend and I made the tragic mistake of buying this at the same time as it was on offer. After tasting we immediately poured the bottles down the sink and that was a first!
If I could give a negative rating I would - do not waste your money.

6th August 2015

Some kinda tequila whiskey stuff happening...but not a Scotch

It's not great, it's not terrible, but it certainly doesn't taste like Scotch. Have to agree with others, it's got some weird tequila taste to it. Probably wouldn't buy it again.

29th July 2015

Definitely a tequila thing going on.

This could possibly work as a tequila or mezcal sub in cocktails. If you quit comparing it to traditional single malts it's an interesting drink all by itself. However if you are expecting a single malt experience this is not the bottle.

29th May 2015

Utterly revolting!

I bought this on special from my local shop hoping, that for the price, I may have found a hidden gem? No such luck. I read another review which compared this whisky to tequila and I agree. Its barely drinkable even as a long drink, which I resorted to as it made things slightly more bearable. Avoid at all costs. How anyone could churn out this muck and then expect anyone to pay for it is beyond me.

14th February 2015

fresh scotch

Pretty good. Not the verry best but realy a nice fresh joung schotch whisky. Little drop of water in it and its fine. Nothing to complane about for the money.

10th January 2015

Needs help but worth the price

This is nowhere near the complexity or quality of some of my favorites, but the Speyburn Bradan Orach with a hint of water or ice is a nice, easy dram. I prefer the 10 yr as well. But for us$25 it's worth every penny. I received my bottle as a gift, and certainly wouldn't turn down another. My money would be spent on the 10yr but don't shy away of someone offers a bottle of this fine, young scotch.

28th December 2014


Very fresch light fruity delivery with a relatively long finish of candy fruits. I dont usually drink scotch with ice but this really benefits from it. A summer dram.

21st December 2014

Mark Mc

Terrible malt. Grouse blended is better. Avoid even for £20. Much better value out there. Try aldi's own brand blended malt

19th December 2014

Jose cuervo

Taste like Shiite stay away does not taste like scotch more like tequila lol

2nd December 2014

A Decent Speyside Whisky

For $19 at the nearby Whisky specialty shop I think it's great value. It's not as good as the Speyburn 10 yr or other Speyside whisky but it's a decent tipple.

21st October 2014

Decent for $18

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

Mr Vincent Taylor

In my mind it is one of the best I have ever tasted, if not the best

Vincent Taylor

24th August 2014

Good value

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

Does what it says on the tin

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

Worst malt

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,

7th May 2014

Fresh and youthful

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.

7th May 2014

flavour & quality at a good price

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

Give this one a chance

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

Very likable

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

We'll then...

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

Love the Speyburn 10yr, hate this stuff

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

Wretched Swill

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

Keep away

This is cheap liquor, not cheap single malt.

26th August 2013

Total Novice

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

No thank you

I don't know which one is 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

Disrespectful drink

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

22nd July 2013

McPherson, Chicago

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

Unpleasantly astringent

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

Entry level single malt

See above

9th April 2013

Entry level single malt

Very harsh on the palate. I mix this with club soda and enjoy as a blend type of scotch.

9th April 2013

Very bad whisky.

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.

21st February 2013

rating as above...

forgot to do the stars...

4th December 2012

Nice budget session dram

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.

4th December 2012

Speyburn Bradan Orach

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

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