Springbank 18 Years Old

Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

46% ABV, ~£90 for 70cl

Score: 88/100

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What they say:

A rusty copper colour, our 18-year-old is full of authority and is truly a classic, full-bodied dram. With a delicious nose, this whisky will tempt you in and hold your attention as you uncover its unique palate and finish.

Nose: Rich and creamy, developing into vanilla, ripe fruits, marzipan followed by hints of sherbet, almonds and strawberries

Palate: Thick and oily, fruity and mellow; gives way to a sweet liquorice and aniseed flavour as it opens up

Finish: Sweet and chocolatey with some coconut, the finish is long and consistent with a pleasant smokey tingle

What I say:

Sampled 16th January 2015 during Woodwinters Springbank sampling evening with Grant MacPherson from Springbank Distillers

Colour:

Dark burnished copper (11/20)

Nose:

Malty, earthy, red fruits, peach skin, figs, dates, molasses, toffee oak and cocoa

Taste:

Smooth, leather, spiced cinnamon, pepper, aniseed, dates, figs and molasses, dark chocolate with sea salted caramel

Finish:

Long, spiced/drying, tannic leather and fruits persist

Overall:

A little spicier than the beloved (of us) Springbank 15 Years Old ~ 46% (Springbank). A touch of pepper and Aniseed in the 18yo and too much oak influence perhaps found us enjoying this one a fraction less than the 15yo but it is still very enjoyable. I missed some of the earthy/dirty peatiness that I really love in Springbank whisky.