26 year old Springbank bottled by Berry bros and Rudd in 2018. Distilled in 1991 and lain to rest in cask 455. It was bottled at a cask strength of 44.9%. No mention of bottles produced.
Nose: waxy, mineralic, chalk, bit of camphor, it hints at a slight richness to it, grapefruit and kiwi fruit and summer blossom.
Mouth: initial thoughts are…yum…it’s fresh a little zesty, oodles of mineral, chalk, limestone, salicylate, there’s a pleasing fizz on the side of the tongue, some subtle vanillins and caramel, there is the faintest whiff of peat in the tail, ashy and a little drying, like a shadow that dances around in the finish. Leaves you wanting more.
So the question was asked previously if this was ex sherry or bourbon. The bottle doesn’t say. Whiskybase lists it as ex sherry, apparently that info was take from the whisky barrel website. Well they are wrong, this is a distillate forward ex bourbon barrel, refill, I reckon. I state that with utmost confidence (watch some tosser come along and prove otherwise now!).
In any event it’s rather lovely, classy, quite silky for the abv but with still a little fizz to let you know it’s cask strength.