Another duo today! This time it’s Springbank’s turn.
It has taken me far too long to get round to trying the 18yo. I can get pretty expensive and although I’d heard that it was great, I didn’t want to risk forking out on a bottle. So I waited patiently but just never got round to it or saw it many places.
I also recently tried a official single cask for the USA.
Springbank 18 46%
Nose: Robust and chiselled, smoky coals, dried apple, musty leather, a little tobacco and cigar smoke, subtle dried banana, standing outside a smoking room, old cigarette smoke.
Taste: Oily with building spices tingling and dry oak, lots of black pepper, a bit industrial with concrete dust and chalky minerality, some dust and leather and old smoke.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Softer, more tobacco and leather here but fades quite quickly.
Shame about the short finish. Everything else is pretty well balanced and interesting, if a little austere.
Springbank 11 Refill Sauternes 57.2%
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Soapy but in a really cool way, raisin and passion fruit, rich apricot, dirty orange, good sulphur, dried lavender, bath bombs, intense and full on.
Taste: Soft and oily, orange and mango, super good balance on arrival, great mouthfeel, fruity and intense, soapy again but again it’s good and interesting. Some spices come through towards the end, black pepper and a tiny whiff of smoke.
Finish: Medium/Long length. More soapy here, almost overwhelming it, softer then comes back with the oils.
Nov 2007, bot Nov 2018 from a single refill Sauternes cask, bottled for USA. Some people are gonna hate this, but I love it. Really interesting and full on, in-your-face whisky that grabs your tongue and won’t let go until it’s done with you.
Thanks for reading!
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