Origin: Campbeltown (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon barrel refill
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 600.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot
In the Authentic Collection of independent bottler Cadenhead’s there are whiskies to suit all budgets, we have tried many on these pages, and the quality is always of a high standard.
Because the ownership is the same, at least one bottling of Springbank’s is released every year, this one in particular is a 2019 edition from 1994 distillate: single cask ex-Bourbon, cask strength, 312 bottles produced.
And price not exactly for every budget, but then again, almost a quarter of a century for a single cask is a remarkable age.
Citrus and nutmeg greet the nose first, a sparkling mixture of mandarins, kumquats and pink grapefruit that is enhanced by tropical fruit (pineapple, coconut, mango), apricots and pear juice. But it isn’t only fruit that lives on, and an impression of a damp cellar is interwoven with mineral veins and a thin layer of propolis. Musk. Very intriguing.
Fruit triumphs again on the palate, following the line of the nose, with a lively and unexpected alcoholic and spicy note (black pepper) and, alas!, even a trace of smoke. Very dry, with the mineral notes lifting the tones and leaving little room for the sweetness promised by the aromas, with the damp and musty side well clear, dragging along some coastal memories. Oily and full, anything but gentle, almost severe.
The finish is quite long and obviously dry, mineral, citrus (lime, grapefruit), pineapple, saline notes and a faint puff of smoke.
A whisky that is anything but easy, almost standoffish, forcing you to go beyond appearances to delve into its evocations in an almost puzzling but anything but sterile exercise. And precisely for this reason entertaining, even if perhaps not for everyone.