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.
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.
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.