- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Open Day 2018
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Sherry Hogshead & Madeira Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 25 May 2018 6:51 pm by GlenPiWi
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53 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 21-year-old
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points
- I was lucky to get a sample of the undiluted spirit before it was reduced to 46%. So my rate refers to the cask strength spirit which is much more impressive in my opinion! Wonderful complexity and perfect interaction between the Madeira and Oloroso components and the spirit with beautiful dark fruit sweetness!
- 1228) N- 22pt / P- 22pt / F- 21pt / BB- 22pt
— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
- I was a bit worried by the madeira part even if I tasted a few very good madeira matured whiskies but the marriage worked nicely here. Not really sweet and with an old school touch. A very good release. I would just have preferred a higher ABV (and a lower price).
Smoky and jammy. Dark fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants and more). Dark chocolate. Earthy and leathery. Tobacco.
Smoke, dark chocolate, oranges, jammy notes from the nose, a bit of charred oak.
Medium, drying, dark chocolate.
After a brief snifter in the festival queue [Blog82], I get another bite of this cherry.
N: Promising coconut/tobacco/dusty-umami.
T: Sherry speaks again, and with that age we are into wine/Armagnac/Cognac territory.
F: There may have been suggestions of deeper umami but the underlying issue remains - the sherry is too dominant. Despite this, some of the barley spirit emerges at the end with an Armagnac & Merlot-like finish.
C: Issues, yes. Issues potentially outweighed/overlooked by the moorishness, probably yes.
Scores a B-
Recipe: Take one sherry & one Madeira hogshead [both 1996 vintages], and marry them together in a first-fill Madeira butt from 2008 until 2018.
C: This really did divide opinion. Many loved it whilst others despised it. I fell into the latter group, finding it like a sherry & whisky mixed cocktail. Regardless of the price [£250!], and the second hand market opportunity, I found little to shout about.
Provisionally scores a C