EYE / NOSE
Fat, dark sherry tone. The inclined color drinker gets shiny eyes just by looking. The scent also transports me to Springbank's cold, damp Dunnage warehouses. You think you can literally grasp the earthy floors, the damp wood and the musty stone walls. As soon as I start to write down my first impressions, the LB changes and smoky porridge spreads. Or are they smoky Weetabix with warm milk? Tree resin, fir honey - a colorful bouquet of aromas. Fruity notes join in the background. The Oloroso brings plenty of sweetness. Unusual. Heavy blackberry wine and sweet plum must. The barrel strength of the whisky looks neatly under control in the nose.
Woohoo ... it rolls in very powerfully. Another typical Springbank - exceptionally powerful on the palate, but not alcoholic in the 'biting' sense. Great, oily-creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is in fact integrated absolutely clean, as the experiment on the palate now shows. No one needs water here, even if the LB proves to be a good swimmer. But as is so often the case, water gives some things, but takes other things. I like the LB best in its pure form. The 12-15 PPM peat smoke, which is very present here, is also very powerful. Amazingly fat sherry influence, which characterizes the malt in its entirety. There is also an interesting flavor that opens up another dimension. I make a note of salted almonds, marjoram and a little pepper. Very exciting in combination with the concise sherry sweetness. Overall, much more complex than you might think. That's what I often like about LBs. Nice, dirty Springbank 'Funk' rounds off the fun. Sulfur? If you like sulfur, we recommend the current batch of Kilkerran 8, which I found unexpectedly very sulphurous. Not mine at all.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Typical, steadily drier, peaty Oloroso finish. In terms of the quality of the malt, a decent piece over the good (!) Last 12 CS batches, for my simple taste. A really great, strong malt that gives me all-round fun. Of course, very different from the grandiose old LB bottling from the 1990s, which sparked my love for Springbank at the time, but you can see that a good modern sherrymalt can also inspire.
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