Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 120.00
Official website: springbank.scot
What was supposed to be an edition of only five releases has become one of the most sought-after bottlings of recent times, triggering a veritable hysteria with each release, which from a reasonable list price quickly shoots up to mind-boggling (and frankly embarrassing) valuations on the secondary market (and some shops too).
Seventh annual release then, with a May 2011 distillate from Belgravia barley of the Glencraigs farm, bottled in mid-December 2021 at cask strength in 15,000 bottles, and obviously sold out immediately.
The price quoted here is that on release.
A nose that smells of fruit and flowers, a rich tropical compote of pineapple, kiwi, ripe banana and mango with a vegetal and floral vein, where an infusion of custard and honey opens to mineral and citric impressions. All in all quite simple and linear, but intense.
On the palate, the mineral and coastal side emerges more decisively, well amalgamated with the fruity soul, which here becomes less pompous, clearly lowering the volume. An elegant thread of peat, mineral and slightly smoky, intertwines with the white fruit and lime, with a rather dense line of linseed oil and raspberries. Slight spicy sting and drier, vanilla tones along the length.
The finish is quite long and dry, with vegetal and mineral tones, maritime inflections, puffs of smoke, white fruit.
It’s perhaps the least incisive of the Local Barleys I have tried, but not for that reason negligible: solid, more interesting on the palate than the nose would suggest, without any particular flare but with good structure.
You can hardly blame the distillery for the market going crazy over this edition, for their part they create a product with a starting price entirely consistent with the high quality they offer.