Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon refill and ex-PX
Additional coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 77.00
Official website: springbank.scot
After tasting the Longrow, we return to the online version of the festival organised by Springbank in early May this year with the bottle from their main label.
A young, cask strength whisky that spent the first six years in ex-Bourbon refill casks and the last two in ex-Sherry Pedro Ximénez, reported as fresh which means first fill and never disassembled.
Blood red in the glass.
The nose is as dark and decadent as the colour suggests, with nutmeg, dried figs, dates, sultanas, candied orange peel, coffee. Leather and toasted brown sugar. The Sherry has eaten up all the scents, dominating boldly.
The palate offers similar sensations, with spicy touches on an even more pronounced sweetness tending towards the cloying. More dried fruit, milk chocolate, sweet liquorice, blood orange, cola, a drop of lemon. Along the length there is a puff of smoke, very subdued, on tobacco and leather.
The finish is not very long, dry and peppery, of liquorice, ash, coffee, orange.
The power of Pedro Ximénez dominates and eats up the distillate, wiping out any refinement and throwing all its prosopopoeia in your face, supported by the high alcohol content. Unbalanced and imperfect, it will not fail to give shivers of pleasure to fans of Sherried influences, but I remain quite perplexed.
Reviews of Springbank whisky in the blog:
Springbank 8yo Open Day 2019
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 18
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 20
Springbank 15yo Rum Wood 2019
Springbank 18yo 2019
Springbank 21yo 2019
Springbank Local Barley 9yo 2018
Springbank Local Barley 10yo 2019