Provenance: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry First Fill
Additional coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 77.00
Official website: http://springbank.scot/
When you could still participate live, the traditional Open Day was held on May 23, 2019 at the Springbank distillery, as part of the events of the annual Campbeltown Whisky Festival.
As is always the case on such occasions, special bottlings have also been released, one for each distillery label: Hazelburn 21yo, Longrow 15yo and this Springbank 8yo.
1,100 bottles produced at cask strength, all natural, distilled in 2011 and bottled just before the event.
Obviously, the price shown here is that of the release, nowadays if you can still find a bottle, it’s at least three times more…
Grenade in the glass.
The nose is caught by an effluvium of hot wax in earthy shades, with a rather delicate fruity profile (peach, mango, ripe apricot), candied orange, touches of brine and gorgonzola. Tobacco and matches in the background. Peculiar and interesting.
A flick of smoke emerges at the first sip, becoming a permanent background to a full-bodied whisky that alternates strong marine suggestions with sweeter and more mesmerised ones, well integrated with each other, including dark chocolate, cherry, candied orange, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), still tobacco and polished wood. Not particularly complex but full and rich.
Long and dry finish of toasted fruit, caramel, smoke and spices.
A whisky with a particular evolution, young but complex at the same time, with unexpected developments and a balance of sherried influences not common for similar bottlings, also thanks to a distillate with a strong personality at the origin.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 18
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 20
Springbank 18yo 2019
Springbank 21yo 2019
Springbank Local Barley 9yo 2018
Springbank Local Barley 10yo 2019
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