Traditional production, craft presentation and superior quality - it's hard not to like Springbank malts. Complex, dense and ever-changing, the nose is truly a chameleon. Gentle peatiness, crisp apples and bitter herbs harmonize with sweet malt, old leather and mineral-earthy notes. Tasting strong, aromatic and spirit-driven (no rough edges), this young Campbeltown malt combines well-integrated smoke, mild fruitiness and a touch of salt with a robust, substantial and chocolaty finish. It's simply one of the best young whiskies you can find in these days!
Hach, a familiar scent rises from my glass. The characteristic Springbank filthiness is present, closely followed by salty caramel sweets, freshly cut green apples, pears, lemons and sweet malt. In the background, a very delicate smoke flag is noticeable. Hints of herbs, delicate traces of red fruits, marzipan, mineral-maritime notes and a little spicy oak blend wonderfully harmoniously together. The alcohol (46%) is very involved. A nice introduction to the Springbank world.
Strong-sweet start, freshly ground pepper prickles on the tip of the tongue. The texture of the malt is pleasantly soft and oily. The Springbank-dirtiness is back immediately, the nose in the nose still delicate smoke flags now noticeably more intense to advantage and flows into a light camp fire smoke. Light fruits, lemons, limescale, oranges, malt, vanilla, nuts, dark chocolate, spices (nutmeg?), Mineral maritime notes and spicy oak give the only 10 years old malt a remarkable complexity. The alcohol is very well integrated again. The palate is slightly drier.
Medium to long, fruity-spicy and warm. With a decent pinch of pepper on the sparkling tongue tip, the finish starts. The vanilla sweetness and bright fruits (especially oranges) are gradually fading. With a light camp fire smoke, dark chocolate, mineral aromas and herbaceous-spicy notes of oak wood sounds of Springbank. On the palate remains a slight dryness.
Nose: A fruity and creamy nose, with a little peat smoke and quite some heat and mineral acidity.
Taste: again the cream and fruit from the nose (oranges and strawberries), some peat and quite peppery.
Finish: a medium aftertaste with spices, some nuttiness and medicinality. Pretty dry.
An age of 12 years would probably be better for this standard bottling of Springbank (works perfectly in the cask strength as well), as the current experience (but mainly the nose) could do with a little less heat.
I don’t know the 10yo like I feel I should, so I order a dram whilst in the Craft Beer Co. just before Christmas. The last time I enjoyed the 10yo was at the Cadenhead’s shop in Chiltern Street in December 2017 when I scored it an incredible 91 points! It sure was flying high that year.
N: Smells of dry bonfire-smoked barley – as natural as you could ask for. T&F: Natural throughout. C: An uncomplicated tasty dram. How wonderful to see this available in a pub for the price of a pint.