EYE / NOSE
A strong gold tone pleases the eye. Fat streaks run along the inner glass wall as the drops follow gravity. The nose initially offers warm, slightly salty porridge with sesame oil, a little hay and a fruity-fresh note that reminds me of pear compote and ripe gooseberries. Mild sweetness follows, is the butter toffee there in the background? Maybe more conceited. In any case, the barrel strength appears to be integrated very cleanly, no excessive sharpness, no biting. Nevertheless, I am a little surprised because I miss the typical at first. Unusual. I have already taken off the Glencairn several times and want to dismiss the nose as 'atypical behavior'. And then, suddenly, the Campbeltown Deer gets going. With the first noticeable peat influences he has me. Because suddenly the typical spicy 'Springbank Funk' complements the above flavors, which immediately triggers a deep longing for musty, damp dunnage warehouses.
The strength of the barrel, which looked rather restrained in the nose, rolls forcefully into the oral cavity. My first associations are strong and oily. Exactly right for me, if you are unprepared, or let yourself be lulled by the alcoholically tame nose, you will now experience a bad awakening. My little gooseberry with its light fruit acid is still present and the Springer keeps the promise out of his nose. I find the flavor profile again. Speaks for the quality of the painting. I find it a little sweeter in taste, candy comes to mind briefly than I would have guessed from the nose. The smoky carpet, which was noticed rather late in the nose, is now permanently present here. I even get a little Islay feeling, even though I know that this is only because I tasted the jumper in a highly concentrated way as a solitaire. If a simple Ardbeg Ten, a Kilchoman Machir Bay or a PC Islay Barley were at the start, I would now describe the peak influences as 'barely noticeable'. It's all a question of scale, as always in life.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Quite a long, nutty-grain finish with a light oak flavor and sweetish smoke without any negative surprises. The gooseberry from the nose is back here too. A successful conclusion!
Well ... this is not for my taste for beginners and not necessarily something for every day. The 19yo Wu Dram Springer needs air, time, attention and concentration - but then, then it goes off! A successful, unusually mature jumper, who speaks to me personally, even though the Refill Hoggie, as an avowed sherry jumper fan boy, may not have flashed all the way like some other, much heavier, sherry storage systems of recent years.