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Speyburn 10 yo (2018, OB, 40%)

Unfortunately it’s difficult to drink only single casks from ghost distilleries… So today we test an entry-level from a Speyside distillery rather unknown and with a very unoriginal name: Speyburn 10 yo, a bottle with an attractive packaging and… nothing more to say, indeed. Except that the distillery defines itself as “the most photographed in Scotland”. You must always invent some primacy, don’t you? 

N: it shows an evident, direct and honest youth: you can smell the fermented wash, the malt, the yeast. A little bit of yogurt, honestly borderline. This side is supported by a pleasant background of golden apple, honey and nice floral hints. Simple and easy.

P: a very modern profile, with a shameless simplicity and an alcoholic taste a little too strong. The body is rather thin and quite one-dimensional. Nevertheless, on the palate we can detect apples and honey, it’s malty and herbaceous. Some marzipan stands out with time. Prickly despite the low ABV, the chill-filtration doesn’t help it.

F: medium-short, vegetal and malty, with an alcoholic aftertaste.

An entry-level for those who are looking for a comfortable and harmless malt, which tastes like whisky and herbs. 77/100, but if you ask us if we would recommend it instead of Glen Grant 5 yo, you need to know that it costs three times more, so the answer is no.

Recommended soundtrack: Billie Eilish – Bored.

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