'The Wolf of Campbeltown'
EYE / NOSE
Visually a classic, light golden Bourbon storage as from the beech. In the nose then the sweetness of light grapes. A lot of dry hay and even more weeping, wet chalk and ripe yellow pears in the background. Not pushy, just the whole thing. The sweetness surprised me a bit, I must confess, but Bourbon barrels develop in this regard sometimes well known quite wonderful properties.
Great soft mouthfeel without being watery. Wonderfully harmonious fill the 47.7% ABV the mouth gently but irresistibly. Exceptionally fruity I do not feel it at first, despite the nose. Sweet pastry notes lead. In addition to vanillin. No dough but real pastries. Is that shortbread? No, the overly buttery is missing, but the taste is not far away. Creamy looks the Malt on the tongue. I struggle a little with the determination of the underlying fruit. Unfortunately, I can not find the grapes from my nose anymore. Neither are the pears. Very ripe nectarines are my first thought, but they would be more sour. Small apricots? Apricot jam! That's it, and the pastry notes, that's scones. Scones with apricot jam and a spoonful of freshly whipped cream are the closest match to my associations. In addition, I suppose there was some oak, without any trace of wood or bitterness. Very nice and tasty. Could only be a bit stronger for my taste buds in alcohol, the whole, but life is not a wish concert.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Medium-length, warm finish, without astringent notes, fits perfectly with the overall character of the malt. Towards the end, for the first time, I experience a touch of peat and there is also this slightly chalky note, which I generally appreciate so much in well-stored malts.
Overall, a round and very solid bottling, no miss notes or other annoyances. However, the 26 years in the oak have left virtually nothing at all from the Springbank smoke. He looks elegant and clear, the malt. Mostly undisputed a quality feature. Here, however, in reverse, which is exceptionally permitted, unfortunately, the somewhat dirty 'Brennereicharakter' many Springbanks a little lost. He is not as 'funky' as I would expect from a jumper. Where has the maritime remained, the salt, where the typical Dunnage flavors? But that is criticism at a very high level.
Compared to my parallel tasted Reference Paint, the 2018 anniversary bottling for Feinkost Reifferscheid (W.ID 111735), the wolf remains a little bit behind, but not much. That has two and a half reasons. On the one hand, the Reifferscheid Bottling is a bit stronger in the juice, on the other hand, the taste is slightly more of the slightly dirty, 'funky' Springer felt. Incidentally, the barrel was published a year ago with 279, - EUR selling price per bottle, although no Billigheimer but just a lot cheaper.
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