Bought: Tesco, 1st December 2014
76.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
76.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 4 member votes)
“Bradan Orach” means Golden Salmon, so if you feel like this whisky slaps you around the face with a wet fish, you’ll know why! It’s a non-aged statement single malt from the Speyburn distillery, in Speyside. Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2015 has very little to say about it, which is “fresh, young, but struggles to find a balance”. Other reviews suggest it’s no more than 6 years old. But that’s not always a bad thing. Also mentioned in the Whisky Bible is a Speyburn by the independent bottler Provenance that is “over 8 years” which scores a very respectable 88/100. Scoring 76.5/100 in the bible classifies this single malt as “average and usually pleasant though sometimes flawed”.
Small things amuse me, so I find it funny that the average on Whiskybase from 4 member votes is identical to the Whisky Bible. If you’re considering buying this whisky it’s worth watching the video below by ‘Fun With Peat And Sherry’. What scares me the most is that he bought the Bradan Orach in America for $16.99! You might think you get what you pay for but the review suggests you’d be surprised (in a good way). Although his rating of 5/10 isn’t great. Also worth watching for Tipsy the cat who nearly knocks over the bottle of Speyburn at one point! 🙂