Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry and ex-Port
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 140.00
Official website: springbank.scot
After 10yo and 15yo, we continue the “climb” to the core range of Springbank, the best known of the distilleries of Campbeltown, the main center of the Kintyre Peninsula in the south-west of Scotland.
We are already talked about their long history (almost two hundred years) and worthy production choices. Here we simply remember that Springbank is the “home” of three malts: theis homonymous and certainly best known, the Longrow, a very peated whisky first distributed in 1985, and Hazelburn, made with a triple distillation process.
Bottled at 46% ABV, without any artificial coloring or cold filtration, as always for this distillery, Springbank 18yo was born from the meeting between 88% of ex-Sherry barrels and 12% ex-Port.
The color is dark gold.
The nose is announced with pomp and circumstance by the ripe white fruit, apple and pear in the first place, with just a whisper of peat in the background. Over time, there is a hint of milk powder reminiscent of candies. A bergamot tip and a touch of mint complete an elegant but slightly subdued olfactory profile.
In the mouth, ripe fruit continues to impose itself without contradiction. The peated thread is gone, and spices, especially ginger, remain to pinch the tongue, along with notes of cereals and, after a few minutes, a vague aroma of vanilla.
The finish, of medium length, is still declined on cereal notes.
We don’t hide it: considering Springbank’s fame and distillate age, expectations were very high.
Instead, the impression is of a pleasant but not memorable whisky, devoid, to use a sporty image, of the champion’s flick able to surprise, and conquer.