The Springbank 10 born in 2021 is very restrained on the nose. There is some fruit acid, there is a hint of smoke (faint). Over time, yellow plums will also appear. In a comparison Springer, which was bottled in 2018, the flavors are more present and a little more mature. This bottling is also a decent shade darker than the 2021. The fruit aromas become a little clearer after a few minutes, but remain on the more immature side.
The taste of the whisky is also very restrained. There is smoke, but the fruit is thin and washed out. He lacks strength, the present jumping bench body is missing. Here, too, the 2018 bottling has a lot more to offer, comes with a much stronger start, with smoke and vanilla and a fruit sweetness. The 2021, on the other hand, remains in the bitter spectrum and hardly develops the aromas. It is suggested that this could become a Springbank - actually it isn't yet.
The finish reflects the overall impression: this spring bench is a shadow of its predecessor.
Well, let's face the facts: Even if I found this whisky not bad in the tasting and Springbank notes are quite recognizable - little more connects it with the 10er from 2018 than the name. He is stronger and more dignified in all aspects.
The Springbank 10 of this bottling from 2021 is actually a bitter disappointment. Perhaps by now they really are scraping the last barrels out of the corner. It's definitely a shame, because Springbank has always been a great distillery and it certainly is still. We can only hope that the hype will subside and that they will soon be able to make excellent whiskys again in peace and quiet in Campbeltown. Let the collectors, price drivers and rip-offs put their money into this bad bottling ...