If you’re a whisky distiller and you have the opportunity to serve the best whisky to your clan, what would you offer them? The Speyburn 1975 Clan Cask was the first ‘Clan Exclusive’ bottling offered to the Speyburn Clan.
In 2012, the Speyburn distillery launched a members club for fans of its single malt brands. This review is for the first bottling of an exclusive offering for the Speyburn Clan. Distilled in 1975, bottled as a single cask in 2012. Aged in a single sherry cask from Pedro Domecq bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera and ‘most probably’ held Pedro Ximénez, this 37 year old Speyburn is rumored to be exceptional and a fantastic well aged sherry monster.
At 55.4% abv, I think it is at a sweet spot for people who like higher proof, but not too high. At first, I found the proof to be a little hot. Except now, every time I pour a glass it surprises me and fills me with delight. The mouth feel is very thick, deep, and rich. Just what you want in a whisky. Its warm finish makes it an ideal cold weather companion. The tastes sway slightly with every glass.
Once I realized this was a special release designed for the Speyburn Clan, I signed up to be a member right away. There is no reason not to sign up, it’s free! It’s especially worth signing up for an opportunity to purchase an exclusive bottle.
Back in February 2013 it was only available to UK residents. But today, it’s possible to get one of these rare bottles shipped to you. It’s definitely a good whisky and others agree. If you’re not into hunting down old rare whiskies, hopefully Speyburn is on your radar. Some of their whisky is offered a good prices. Most recently I have been enjoying a bottle of the Companion Cask. It’s not quite a sherry bomb like this bottle, but tasty.
Tasting Notes: Speyburn 1975 Clan Cask
Vital Stats: 55.4% abv/100.8 proof, distilled in 1975, bottled in 2012, in 2019 ~$349 US, 750 ml, Cask #3413, non-chill filtered, natural color
Appearance: You’ll find it in a clear classic Speyburn shaped bottle. The sherry cask and age truly created a rich dark copper color.
Nose: Warm, rich sweet aroma of medium intensity.
Palate: The mouthfeel is rich, dark and medium to thick. Pronounced sherry, cherry, vanilla, and spice flavors wake up your palate. The following sips reveal the gentler hints of nuts and pineapple.
It’s delicious, if you can get your hands on it. But alas, that is the hard thing about single releases.
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