Spirit Review: Speyburn 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Single-malt Scotch is a tough sell in the hot weather. Right now, with temps soaring towards the triple-digits, I tend to crave beer, or lower-alcohol wines like German Riesling.  And if I do pour myself a spirit, it’s generally a Bourbon--not so much a result of the flavor profile but mainly because it takes so well to ice. (Single malts, on the other hand, I prefer to drink with a splash of water.)
But when I recently tasted the Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the first thought to come to mind was this: Finally, a single-malt I can enjoy in the heat! It’s a lovely dram, plenty complex, yet somehow wholly appropriate to this time of year. Maybe it’s the expression of flowers, or the hints of tropical fruit. Whatever the reason, this is an excellent whisky for all seasons. I recommend it strongly.
Speyburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Highland
This beauty is nicely layered from the start, giving aromas of almond and hazelnut cream that mingle with white fig paste, marzipan, coconut, candied orange, and tropical fruit. Flavors of honeyed pineapple, white licorice, hints of flowers, spice, and cedar dance with vanilla, pie crust, and candied lemon. With a splash of water, intriguing flavors of heather emerge, and resolve in a finish hinting at smoke and sea-brine. Delicious.