Review: Drambuie 15 Liqueur

The original whiskey liqueur is as unmistakable as it is classic: Drambuie may not be a spirit for all tastes, but, like Galliano or Campari, it’s a staple you can’t help but admire, if for no other reason than sheer longevity.

Now Drambuie is launching a line extension — not its first, but the first I’ve ever seen — Drambuie 15, created with higher-end Scotch, namely 15-year-old Speyside malts, along with the usual honey and herbs to sweeten up the liqueur.

Darker than standard Drambuie, Drambuie 15 is immediately obvious as something different: The nose of regular Drambuie is cloyingly sweet. Drambuie 15 is much closer to a quality Scotch whisky. Just a hint of sweetness in there, really night and day compared to its big brother.

On the palate: Beautiful. Malty and rich, the Scotch base shines with nougat, citrus, and light honey notes. Sweet, for sure: It’s light and sugary on the finish, but the overall effect is one of a sweetened Scotch, rather, as is the case with original Drambuie, Scotch-flavored sugar.

What Drambuie has created here is actually a perfect Rusty Nail cocktail, prebottled and ready to go. At 86 proof it is dangerous and misleading — on the palate, the touch of sweetness masks the alcohol completely — so tread lightly.

The bottom line: I’d turn to Drambuie 15 in a heartbeat when your sweet tooth calls for it. Easily it’s one of my favorite whiskey liqueurs on the market now. Watch for it on store shelves soon.

86 proof.


Drambuie 15 Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Danie Burmester on August 3, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I would like to import a few cases to South Africa for own use. I have developed a taste for Drambuie 15 Year old and can not find any more. If you could help me it will be appreciated.

    • Dave on August 18, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      Hello Danie
      Today is August 18 2022. I just saw your comment on developing a taste for 15 year Drambuie.
      I have that same developed taste as well. It’s available in America but getting harder find also.
      It has been going for 55 USD plus 10% tax. (750 ml) That was before the big inflation hit, I looked
      at three large liquor outlets and found two 750 Ml bottles. 64 USD each, before our healthy tax. I
      bought them both. Regular expression Drambuie is fine, but a bit too sweet. I find the 15 year is
      less sweet and has a fine, notable mild wood taste. It is certainly my favorite liqueur.

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