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Speyburn 10 Year Old

KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar - Day 5

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

5th Dec 2020

1

  • Nose
    20
  • Taste
    19
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    81

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I first tried the Speyburn 10yo many years ago and just thought it was OK; I reviewed their entry-level NAS expression seven years ago (it was in another advent calendar) and gave it a crap 70. So here we go, another round.

The colour is a bright gold. Very honeyed on the nose, with lemon meringue, creme brûlée, buttery brioche, peach skin and strawberries-and-cream. A bit nutty. Lemon zest with water. Sweet, light, pleasant, inoffensive.

We're on the same wavelength with the palate - heather honey, lemon zest, green apple, croissant, vanilla extract, ginger and a bit of butterscotch. Thin mouthfeel. Chili spice adds a nice balance, but still a bit too sweet for my taste (though water helps with that).

The long finish is toasty with a bit of spice and again, more lemon. Like I said before on the Ledaig 10 re: peat, I say again on this one re: Speyside style - nothing wrong with it (well, a bit sweet for me). Serve it as an apertif at your next dinner party (in fall 2021?) and it won't bother anyone.

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