Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Port
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 290.00
Official website: springbank.scot/
Springbank is a distillery much loved by connoisseurs, both for the artisanal dimension of its production, which in times of the massification of whisky at every latitude is a distinctive aspect not to be underestimated, and for the very high quality of its releases which, being in small batches, sell out in no time at all and are to be found, at auction or in private negotiations, multiplied in cost to the point of absurdity. Each new bottling is eagerly awaited because it’s unique and unrepeatable, as Springbank enjoys playing with casks, combining them differently from year to year, even in the whiskies of the core range. And so it was, of course, for today’s 21yo, presented as an Italian preview at the recent Roma Whisky Festival.
This 2021 edition is made from 30% ex-Bourbon, 35% ex-Sherry and 35% ex-Port casks. As always with this distillery, natural colour and no chillfiltration.
The colour is amber.
On the nose, a note of smoke with iodine and marine veins binds in a seductive harmony hints of rosemary, salted caramel, toffee and dark chocolate, with balsamic incursions reminiscent of eucalyptus. After a few minutes we get an impression of sponge cake soaked in rum, together with fragrances of nuts (walnut in particular) and berries (blackberries in particular). As time goes by, a note of dates emerges, anticipating a few moments before a strong scent of vanilla spreads in the glass.
The opening is decidedly peppery, with caramel, toffee and orange zest in the front row, while smoke strolls slyly in the rear. Sweeter aromas of custard, milk chocolate and cream, with a mineral, almost metallic nuance, open the door to a long, rather salty finish, again characterised by caramel and orange zest, with the smoke growing considerably in intensity.
As warm and welcoming as a hug, as direct and reassuring as a trusted friend, Springbank 21yo is one of those whiskies you’ll never tire of. The ability to derive such a result from such a reckless ensemble of casks is the sign of a magisterium that can in no way be ignored.