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.
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.