1977, 21 Years Old

ABV 58.5%
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Brand: Speyburn
Expression: 1977, 21 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 21 years old
Year of bottling: 1998
ABV: 58.5%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Editor's Choice
Issue 4
Tasting notes
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Marvellously rich and fruity. Unmistakable sherry influence but lifted in complexity by a hint of raspberry, apple and peat. The oaky vanilla is beautifully synchronised with a mollassed sweetness, the sweet pipe tobacco.
Palate: An immediate explosion of spice and sweet oloroso defuses slowly so the malt gains a firm and chewy hand. Very substantial.
Finish: Slightly hard and metallic with some smoke and malt still hanging on against the drying oak.
Comment: Highly impressive whisky, quite exceptional for Speyburn. Only the over-firm finale stops this from being one on the top five Speyside expressions of the last five years.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Flowery, leafy, peaty.
Palate: Clean. Reticent at first, but develops a good long malt background, then fresh, herbal, heathery notes.
Finish: Nutty sweetness, becoming drier. Late peaty warmth.
Comment: Very restrained, but lovely gentle peat smoke.
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Speyburn Distillery, Rothes, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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