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Campbeltown Region Scotland Springbank Distillery

Springbank 15yo Rum Wood 2019

Review of a Springbank matured entirely in ex-rum casks.

Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 51%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Rum
Chillifiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 77.00
Official website: springbank.scot
Vote: 87/100

Historically, whisky maturation is most often seen in casks that have contained Bourbon, alternating with those that have contained Sherry, sometimes a mix of both, or with only Spanish wine casks.
Over time, the desire to experiment has added a jumble of casks of the most disparate origins, which are generally used for more or less prolonged ageing to give the whisky a touch of diversity (or to “fix” it).
More rare are those aged entirely in these so-called special casks, generally because of the risk of excessive superimposition on the aromas contained in the wood that come from spirits with a strong personality.

Aging a whisky for fifteen years in barrels that have previously contained Rum is therefore quite a challenge, and not the last one this artisanal distillery has accustomed us to, having already ventured out several times in the past.
Distilled in December 2003 and bottled on 27 August 2019 in 9,000 bottles, already hard to come by.

Tasting Notes

Light gold in the glass.
Banana and green apple greet the nose, joined by vegetable peat mixed with sugar paste with just a hint of toast. Vanilla, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit and shoe polish creep in among the aromas, with a drop of honey and a whiff of sea foam. An unusual nose for the distillery, picking up sweet and acidic veins.
In the mouth, the peatiness initially starts in the background, putting spices (ginger, aniseed) and fruit (orange, banana, apple, pineapple) in the foreground, but with time the smokiness emerges with more conviction, enveloping the flavours in which the presence of grapefruit and rougher tones of leather and tobacco grow. The taste is oily with crispness from which herbaceous and floral scents also emerge.
The finish is quite long and herbaceous with sugar paste, banana, lemon, peat and spices.

An intriguing and unusual variation on the theme, offering plenty of interest and inviting exploration. Although it didn’t fully convince me, the complexity certainly deserves praise for the performance.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Springbank 8yo Open Day 2019
Springbank 10yo
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 18
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 20
Springbank 15yo
Springbank 18yo 2019
Springbank 21yo 2019
Springbank Local Barley 9yo 2018
Springbank Local Barley 10yo 2019

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