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Whisky Reviews for Springbank 1994 DL
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.79 points
- always the same - top ratings and no notes. Just fakes
- Original Douglas Laing Quote:
Introducing XOP: The Black Series - a brand extension to the XOP range dedicated to super-premium Single Casks.
The series kicks off with a rare and inviting Springbank 1994 vintage, bottled at a natural Cask Strength of 47.7%. Matured in an antique ex-Sherry Hogshead for over 25 Years, the strikingly rich spirit hints at the decandently dark fruited, subtly smoked, leather and chocolate notes within.
Just 148 bottles of this expression exist and will soon be available to purchase at specialist retailers throughout Europe and Asia.
- Have a look at Whiskyfun on July 17th, 2019 where this Whisky was rated with 93 Points by Serge. So the Guys rating here, could not be that wrong.
A bold mixture of chocolate, stewed black fruits, raisin and heady, forest-like aromas of petrichor and mushroom. The hint of prune nods respectfully towards Armagnac before smoke hooks you back to Scotland. Old-style west coast whisky. A drop of water doesn’t change the levels of concentration, rather there’s a little more sweetness, alongside grilled peppers, and smoke.
A very thick start, with chocolate and leaf mulch coming over first; then the tannins start to tighten, making things more leathery with some bitter coffee grounds, then the smoke. Water allows elements to expand slightly – there’s raisin fruit, blackcurrant, treacle toffee and red barley miso, but it’s still gripping and drying.
Gentian and calamus.
The nose is sensational, but the palate is cask-dominated.
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
I’ve Been Loving You A Little Too Long
- Pippo probably went out empty? ????
- Well, black whisky, not too sure about that idea. On the one hand, you had the famous Black Bowmores, that’s true; but on the other hand, you had Loch Dhu, that putrid black swill. Now I doubt DL would have tried to come up with some new Loch Dhu (and wasted a cask of Springbank during the process). Let’s see… Colour: it is not that black, just a little bronze-ish. Nose: shh, quiet please. Bitter chocolate, prunes, Egyptian mocha, metal polish, umami sauce, Cohibas (whichever Cuban make, really), very black tea, white truffles, car engine (from an old British car, so with a lot of leaks -ha, love them), and a spoonful of Marmite, as well as a wee glass of Maggi. Exceptional nose. Mouth: one of the earthiest whiskies I’ve ever tried. Whether this is natural or not, I don’t know (of course it is), but it’s like if you would eat half a kilo of raw morels (which you shouldn’t do, as they’re poisonous when not cooked), and simply some raw garden peat and earth. I may have found this feeling in a few wines, especially from volcanic soils like the Rangen de Thann in southern Alsace, but never in whisky, as far as I can remember. Total umami, for umami freaks! Finish: long, chocolaty and coffeeish. With drops of 19th century Armagnac in the aftertaste. Comments: I’m wondering if this wasn’t a proper old ex-solera oloroso butt. DL, am I far off? Glorious old savoury whisky, and very singular at that. Masterful whisky.
SGP:362 - 93 points.