Springbank 14, 1995-2010, Fresh Sherry Pipe, 57.1% – Springbank Society

The Springbank Society is a club of members of Springbank that get offered special bottles every once in a while. As a bonus you get a discount when you tour the distillery and an invite to the Open Day and Golf competition that goes with it. I became a member a few years ago and have picked up some really nice bottles along the way.

This one is a peculiar one, as the attentive reading probably has noticed by the title, a sherry pipe is not something you come across often. Technically, a pipe is a tall, narrow cask used to mature port. Sherry normally comes from butts.

Springbank 14 from a fresh Sherry Pipe

Springbank 14 from a fresh Sherry Pipe

I’m not sure how they got a strange cask like this, but there might be the option of asking from something custom from a cooper, or they’ve just been doing strange stuff somewhere in Jerez, Spain.

It’s rather sharp with lots of barley and grist scents. Also quite some grilled fruit like pineapple, peach and apple. I think I get a slight trace of peat smoke and kerosine in the background.

The palate is sharp too with the same fruitiness as on the nose. It’s sweeter than I expected with a slight saltiness. The trace of peat seems to be back, but this time I’m not so sure about it. Apple, peach and tinned pineapple.

A close up of the label

A close up of the label

Sweet and quite a bit smoother with the fruitiness and something I think I have to call ‘Springbankness’. By that I mean that there’s fruit, salt, oak and barley. A rather well done combination of it all. I also get a bit of straw.

This is quite a lovely dram. My wife insisted I picked it up when we were at the distillery in 2010, and who am I to disagree? Especially when it comes to nice stuff like this. Usually these society bottles are not too expensive, which makes for a bonus.

I’m glad I picked up two of these for it’s a truely delicious whisky. Not too complex but not overly simple either. There’s a wee drop left in the bottle for me to finish tonight, so I’m already looking forward to that!

Springbank 14, 1995-2010, Fresh Sherry Pipe, 57.1%, Springbank Society. About € 100 now.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Springbank 14, 1995-2010, Fresh Sherry Pipe, 57.1% – Springbank Society

  1. Pingback: Springbank 14 yo [1995-2010] Fresh Sherry pipe (Springbank Soc.) | Whisky Israel

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