Springbank 16 Years Old Madeira Cask

Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

56% ABV, £160 for 70cl

Score: 85/100

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What they say:

A 16 year old Campbeltown single malt Scotch whisky which spent 10 years in a refill bourbon barrel and then 6 more years in a Maderia cask.  Flavours of warm honey, dried fruit and malt. A drop of water brings out some delicate herbal notes.

What I say:

Sampled at the Glasgow Whisky Festival when this was initially only available to members of the Springbank Society, it was subsequently released to UK distributors and has either sold out or skyrocketed in price since release. An unusual ‘finished’ release spending 6 of its 16 years in an ex-Madeira wine cask after 10 years in a bourbon barrel

Colour:

Golden Amber

Nose:

Very malty, madeira cake, orange and peach fruits, spicy and vaporous, linseed oil, musty cigar boxes, salty, light sweet peaty after aroma

Taste:

Neutral sweet/sour, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, fruity peach, apple, mango, pomegranate, becomes very syrupy in mouthfeel, malted barley and sweet peat

Finish:

Long tobacco cigar smokes and fruity oak wood

Overall:

A very pleasing dram, like a good well-made cigar, this has plenty of complexity. The time in the Madeira cask hasn’t oversweetened this whisky, if anything it has reined in a lot of the traditional dirty, malty, salty smoke character and woven it into a complex web of delicousness. This is a dram you want to spend hours and hours mulling over. Easily drinkable at cask strength though a little spicy and vaporous, this on waters well also allowing more of the elements to be investigated at more subtle intensity levels.