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Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, this is the 15yr year age stated release from Speyburn. I've often recommended that the 18yr can crush Macallan in a blind tasting, and am curious what the 15yr can bring to the table. This release is bottled at 46% ABV and is devoid of coloring or filtering.
Sweet, fragrant and floral. Bold, ripe fruits, honey, a touch of pound cake and blackberry. Buttery lemon curd, pepper, a touch of tobacco and vivid floral notes are present once again.
Moderate mouthfeel, the ethanol is in check and has a pleasant viscosity. Honey, pepper, a touch of tobacco once more. Nougat-y pastry filling, blackberries and lingonberry as well as date fruit. Fairly syrupy, a nice seesaw between floral, honey, peppery notes and some sherry character that leans squarely into the fig and stewed fruit direction.
Speyburn's character pops up here again with a great finish - a long, sweet, complex assortment of notes that sit nicely on the back palate. Honey, red berries, blackberry and currant, toffee, a touch of cream and waxy, lemon bar. Tobacco and raisin bread to finish off. Buttery chardonnay notes sign off the experience.
Overall, this is quite lovely. Easy to drink, even easier to enjoy, and it's perfectly happy to be your armchair easy sipper, or a dram to really sit and think on. An easy choice to pick up over other, 15yr core range offerings from a great many producers.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.