2 Springbanks for the Fredericia Golf Club

When my friend Gal came to the Netherlands last this year for Maltstock, he, of course, brought samples to share in between the masterclasses. Everybody does that, it’s what makes Maltstock great since everybody brings something rare or great, preferably both.

The drawback of living in Israel is that you’re not part of the European Union and there is a rather strict limit to the amount of booze you can bring back without paying shitloads of taxes. For that reason he decided to leave some stuff behind when he went home after the festival.

Springbank Bourbon Cask

Springbank Bourbon Cask

I ended up with some Balcones samples, but also two Springbanks. One label said sherry, the other bourbon. No further info. By now I know a bit more about them, but sherry and bourbon is what it boiled down to.

Springbank 10yo, btld November 2009, private label for the Fredericia Golf Club, Denmark, 59.5%. Fresh Bourbon Barrel

On the nose you get vanilla and lemon curd. Also some coconut and oak. It’s a lot cleaner than I expected Springbank to be capable of. The palate is sharp with peppery heat, oak, some vanilla, dry with apple. Rather Springbank-y. The finish is warm and drying with some sharpness from pepper and straw.

Springbank Sherry Cask

Springbank Sherry Cask

Springbank, 8yo, btld August 2008, private label for the Fredericia Golf Club, Denmark, 58.6%. Fresh Sherry Butt

This time the nose is very old fashioned and heavy with shoe polish and leather. Lots of sherry, oak, musty barley floors and grain mills. Also moldy cellars. Nice! The mouth is sharp with some dry oak, bitter but with a lot of rich, gentle fruitiness in the background. The finish is fairly straight forward, long and rich with sherry. Big.

While the first one wasn’t something overly thrilling with too much ‘vanilla’ flavours going on (in both senses of the word: the flavour of vanilla or as defined here) I wasn’t too thrilled. The second one, the sherry cask, made up for that. Springbank knows how to do sherry casks very well and one this heavy and old fashioned makes me realize Springbank is almost a running museum instead of a distillery. Gorgeous!

So thanks Gal!

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 2 Springbanks for the Fredericia Golf Club

  1. Gal Granov says:

    Cheers mate,

    hope u enjoyed them, been wanting to send them over to you for a long time, and this was a great opportunity to share.



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