Distillery: Springbank (Campbeltown)
Age: 17 years
Distilled: April 1997
Bottled: January 2015
Key Type: Sherry Cask
Alcohol content: 52.3%
Edition: 9120 bottles
Price at show: approx. 130 €
My personal attitude before the tasting : Springbank is my favorite distillery and always liked to try out the sherry keg. The 14-year-old batches, which in recent years for jazz, blues or other editions filled things were my first choice, with three more years it should be something. The price is of course not just low, almost ten thousand bottles, the standard 18y (although 46% and is only about 80% Sherrycask), is well below this bottling, compared to the 21-year-old, who has just appeared and with similar Data comes up like the 18y OA, only 3 years older and limited, but is incomprehensibly much more expensive, of the 25 year old, the other day I would not even speak first ... I mean, bargains are not here, but given other examples the price is okay.
... so, now to the point:
Eye: The beautiful red of the bottle label suggests a darker malt. He has a nice golden color, but is not noticeably dark ...
Nose: ... yes, sherry is definitely here ...., ever wine, red wine (?) ... not too dry ... baked apple (?) ... the Springer-typical hint peat ..., with some water it gets much sweeter and orange notes appear ..., wet-technically, water definitely brings progress ...
Taste: ... very nice, orange notes, dark chocolate, 2-3 raisins, again wine, but no red wine, only slightly dry, any spices, a light Hach Christmas ... jo, very pleasing. The alcohol is well integrated, I am not inclined to add water ... in the service of the Tastingnotes written here I do it anyway:
... aha ...., also nice, a little easier, of course, nope, good that I have tried it, only the finish takes light damage ...
Finish: well, I do not know if it's because I know that it's a Springbank, otherwise I might have said, he has Springbanköligkeit, remains long and well-tried. With water he is a little faster away, but you should try it urgently.
Conclusion: Jo, I'm certainly biased and had expected no nonsense, he has met my expectations at least. A beautiful sherry jumper at the age of 17, nothing more, nothing less. Compared to the Christmas Malt Edition about equal to Best Dram / Whisky Chamber. 88 points