We all love special releases of Springbank. We do. Don’t deny it.
One of the most popular of these has been the Local Barley releases of the last year or two and I was lucky enough to try the 16 and 11. The latest one, the 9, I have today, as well as a recent 14yo Longrow from Sherry casks.
Springbank 9 Local Barley 57.7%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: More open than the previous two LB's. Freshly cut mango, some minerals, fresh lemon, fresh mint, the malt comes through well too, nicely balanced. White grapefruit and subtle smoke.
Taste: Intense, lovely arrival, fresh fruit, lemon and mango then more mineral and smoky as it develops, salt and lemon juice, soot, a little oak and crushed chalk.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Juicy lemon squeezed over salt crusted rocks.
2018 release. I prefer this one to the 16 I think. Its got none of the youth you might expect for this age although its still raw and powerful.
Longrow 14 Sherry 57.8%
Nose: Wonderful, complex, dirty and fruity. Leather and really intense coffee, dirty orange and pomegranate, chocolate and black pepper and soot. Lovely herbal notes as it opens up.
Taste: Intense arrival then soft, so so balanced, dirty orange and smoke, sweet Sherry, pomegranate and cranberry, black pepper, sea salt, oily mouthfeel.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Goes quite quick but the spices stay a little, black pepper and salt.
Bottled 2018. I was expecting a Sherry-smoke monster but it’s actually quite soft and light on the palate.
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