Speyburn’s Single Malt Scotch
Who doesn’t love a good story of epic triumph while overcoming impossible circumstances? Legend has it that Queen Victoria, while preparing for her Diamond Jubilee (60th Anniversary), issued a request to the Speyburn Distillery to produce a Scotch for the event. With only a few weeks left in the jubilee year, Speyburn did just that, but not without sacrifices along the way. The men of the Speyburn Distillery worked through a heavy snowstorm in a sweltering, windowless still house in order to complete the regal task. Finally, with only a few short days to spare, the Speyburn Distillery managed to bond a single cask of their golden brew. Since that time they have grown exponentially to become one of the most readily available and purchased scotches the world over.
First distilled on the evening of December 15, 1897, Speyburn’s Bradan Orach Highland Single Malt Scotch hails from the northern edge of Rothes, right in the heart of the Speyside region of Scotland. The term “Bradan Orach” is Gaelic for Golden Salmon, a tribute to the famously plentiful salmon fishing that takes place in the River Spey. Interestingly, the Bradan Orach is sold without an aging statement making it a bit difficult to determine the liquid gold’s actual length of maturation. Regardless of its age, the Bradan Orach was celebrated last year as the 2011 Gold Medal Winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has quickly become one of the more popular lines within the Speyburn family. Rich and golden in hue, the Speyburn Bradan Orach is darker in color than many similar highland scotches and nearly completely free of sediment. The nose of the Speyburn is teeming with bright lemon and green apple aromas coupled along with a combination of mild vanilla and honey notes more commonly associated with American Bourbon.
On the palette, the Speyburn Bradan Orach delivers a cacophony of orchard fruit flavors ranging from green apples and pears to lemons and oranges. The heavy peat flavor found in many traditional highland scotches is, for all intent and purposes, muted allowing the sweeter floral notes and vanilla infused spices to come to the forefront. Having been aged in American white oak barrels, there is a particular familiarity with the profile of the Bradan Orach that should entice those who have been wary about deviating from American Bourbon. Retailing for around $25.00 a bottle and available in nearly all markets, the Speyburn Bradan Orach is a great buy for those wanting to try something new, yet comfortably familiar without having to break the bank in order to do so!