Springbank 14, 2002-2016, Bourbon Barrel, 47.7% – Cadenhead

It’s been a while since I wrote these tasting notes, but it’s Springbank and Springbank is not something to just forget about and not review it.

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I am a self-professed Springbank Fanboy, although I don’t even buy that much of the stuff. At least, not as much as some others in the IAAS Facebook group. But of course, there’s always a bigger fish, right?

So, a 14 year old Springbank at cask strength that’s only 47.7%? I guess it was either a very porous cask, or maybe even a leaky one. Generally I would expect this age to be around 56% or so, sometimes even higher.

Let’s see where this leads us!

Fairly straight forward Springbank. Fairly ‘safe’ too. Straw, grass, some oak, a whiff of smoke and lots of barley. Although it doesn’t have the oiliness and not the depth, it does remind me of some past Local Barley releases (the modern ones).

A bit more fiery than I expected. Some dry grassy notes, with dry oak and some black pepper. Slightly salty with a hint of vanilla custard.

Slightly drier, but very warming. A bit more oak, some straw and a bit of a salty tang.

While this is a good whisky, as far as Springbank goes it’s quite a bit less impressive than I expected. It does tick most of the typical boxes, but it misses a bit of the oiliness and the funkiness that life Springbank whisky to a different level.



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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