The Speyburn Clan Cask is a bit of an exclusive really! The spirit hails from 1975 and has spent 37 years maturing in a Pedro Ximnez barrel from Jerez in Spain. It is a single cask and is bottled at natural cask strength 55.4%. It is only available to members of Clan Speyburn and is ridiculously fine value at £230. Now I know £230 is a lot of money but there is only one cask of this whisky, it was distilled in the 1970’s and to be honest it is stunning!
Fortunately it is also remarkably easy to join Clan Speyburn, and best of all joining the club is free. Simply head over to the Speyburn website here and click the link at the bottom of the page; you will even receive a nice welcome pack in the post! The good folk at the distillery have also restricted purchases to one bottle per customer so there is no risk of spending a fortune and buying a case – which you will want to do after trying it!
Enjoy our notes, then join the Clan and savour the whisky!
Speyburn Clan Cask [55.4%]
An incredible dram. This spirit spent 37 years in a Pedro Ximinez cask and is sublime. If you like a big dose of sherried whisky you will love this whisky – it is sensational stuff!
Nose: Initially the alcohol hits quite strong but this quickly dissapates as a massive burst of fruit hits the senses (peaches and sherry soaked raisens). There is a strong scent of coffee grounds and rich homemade Christmas cake. The Pedro Ximenez is not overpowering – this cask has aged gracefully and the nose is incredibly well balanced.
Palate: Very spicy and hot – think chilli and tobacco leaf, with a thick mouthfeel. There are notes of burnt toffee (not in an unpleasant way) and 100% dark chocolate (Single Estate from Hotel Chocolat). This whisky in incredibly complex and serves up espresso coffee, Christmas fruit and sticky cherries, all wrapped in a luxurious sherry blanket.
Finish: Very long and spicy. There is a little bitterness right at the very end. Wow – it just goes on and on. Magic.