Generally, when you think of a Fino cask matured whisky you’re not imagining a really deep brown dram. In this case, that would make you wrong.
Generally, when you think of a single cask from a distillery, bottled by themselves you’re not imagining an affordable dram. In this case, that would make you wrong.
Well, it used to at least. That last statement was true in 2009 when I bought this bottle. It’s bottled for the Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft in Bremen, Germany. It was put in the cask in 1996 and bottled in 2009 to make this 12 or 13 years old.
I got this when I got back from our first holiday in America, in the first couple of days after coming home. The Whiskykoning shop in Den Bosch still had two. I bought both of them based on a hunch that this one just might be nice. I wasn’t wrong.
Unfortunately, I just removed this one from my available samples list since I’m about to empty it. I’m glad I still have it since I’m need of a dram after two long days of just meetings!
European oak and some yeasty fino hints far behind that. Dried fruits, but the lighter kind. Peaches and apricots. Some autumn leaves and a slight earthiness. Chocolate, mole and leather notes. Quite an interesting nose, to say the least.
The palate is dry with some juicy dried fruits behind it. The alcohol is pretty fierce and burns in a rather peppery way. Much like chili pepper. There is a certain syrupy texture behind it, but it also slightly coarse. Leather, oak, autumnal and earthy.
The finish is warming and has more of the fino notes I found earlier. It’s still very earthy, autumnal and has an almost mushroom like flavor. Raw mushrooms. Also dried fruits and a certain meatiness. The finish turns slightly more sour with the yeasty flavors getting some more room.
This is an awesome whisky. Awesome as in, I think it’s a stellar dram and one of the best Springbanks I’ve had. And not to brag, but I’ve had some kick-ass Springbanks a couple of years ago. It’s been more quiet recently.
There is a bottle of this for sale on Whiskybase, and I suggest spending some money on it. Even at the current price of a hundred bucks, it’s quite worth it. As in, very, very much worth it.
Springbank Vintage 1996, Single Cask 263, 54.9%. Bottled for the Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft in Bremen, Germany. It used to go for € 67.50 back then but has gone up to slightly over € 110