This Springbank 18 year old is a story of two halves. A rather sweet, berry-packed nose with light smoky inflections totally transforms into an oily, complex and multifaceted pungently smoky and spicy whisky. It’s a tough one to score frankly as the palate to my taste far exceeds the initial aromas from the nose. So we’ll go for an average mark between the two poles of what I’d considered scoring this.
Sweet and fruity but takes a little time to completely open up. Orange peels and oodles of blueberries and raspberries alongside some candyfloss-like sugars. Sweet stuff, but tempted by some deeper notes of earthy slightly pungent, but gentle smoke.
Oily and mouth coating. An initially hit of wet soil mixed with caramels, sugary grains and roasted malts. Our berry-fest is still present and is joined by some real nuttiness – almonds in particular – almost akin to marzipan with all the sugars flying around. Cask spice is much more prevalent and the palate than on the taste with some heavy cinnamon and interesting light salinity. Those wondering where the peat had got to, fear not, it’s present and correct and offering the dusty pungency that you’d expect from Springbank. It’s dialled up much more on the taste than on the nose. To finish things off, we have some vanilla, light chocolate, raisins and deck varnish. There’s a lot going on here.
Quite lingering with a really nice slowly fading astringency. Cask spice is the order of the day with ginger, cinnamon and even a hint of chilli pepper.
Nose: Light smoke, actually tropical notes and pineapple. Delicious. Mouth: malt, dry, again light smoke. Up to here a great Springbank. Then something starts to burn. Floral notes similar to the Bruichladdich BlackArt, Manna ash. Finish: Quite long, but also more burning and one-dimensional.
Unfortunately, the floral notes do not suit me personally. That's why anyone else can probably count on at least 5 points. 82/100
cold ash, pineapple, apple, dry sherry, salt, mineral, like rough sea air, beautiful, restrained smoke, full and dense, but with a light basic character, very pleasant, milder and gentler in taste than the nose suggests, pineapple and ashes are still present, oak and smoke remain in the finish ... the taste I expected more, could have more pressure on the palate, the nose is fantastic!
This bottle has often been mistaken with the new 2014 bottling with new label and without bottle code, whereas it has the label in use since 2010 with a 2014 bottle code. For the new label, ID 62831 has been created.
This 18 year old Springbank is successful, balanced, rich, but a little too shy. I'll be curious to taste the same unreduced whisky. We would probably be dealing with an exceptional expression of the distillery.
It's rich and complex and discreet. Unusual notes, like hash browns with herbs of Provence ... Yes, I swear ... The whole tends at first to vegetal notes, like mint, chlorophyll, thyme. The orange blossom comes to make the transition with the fruity notes. we find pear and pineapple all in fragrances of vanilla and caramel (light). And then, as if that was not enough, we change the register! It's very rich! Carnival of dried fruits: nuts, hazelnuts, cashews. And then and that's not all! Nice saline notes remind us that we are a few steps from the sea. The whole is gradually wrapped by a thin layer of smoke and bacon.
The texture is soft and oily. We are definitely dealing here with a complex, fine and delicate whisky. The notes of dried fruits are always very present: nuts, hazelnuts, and spices make their discrete appearance: cinnamon and pepper. The sea side is more developed than the nose, as well as the grain side of whisky. The smoke is still present although very indented.
A long and intense finish with notes of spices and dried fruits, with some notes of citrus.
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