Springbank

Springbank 18 Years Old 1996 Sherry Cask 491 ~ 56.3% (Whiskybroker)

Review: Springbank 18 Years Old 1996 Sherry Cask 491

Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Springbank Distillery

Bottling: Whiskybroker Cask No 491

ABV: 56.3%

Cost: £62.02 from Whiskybroker

WhB Springbank 18 Sherry Cask 491

What they say:

Sherry Hogshead Cask No 491

Distilled 18th October 1996, Bottled 17th December 2014, 258 bottles at 56.3%

Notes from Bens Whisky

Nose – Sweet, balanced, winey, sherried Springbank. Window putty and candle wax, old polished bookshelves and magazines. Big, elegant, less restrained but with less complexity. I do find Springbank becomes more elegant but less compelling between 15 and 18 (personally).  With water, almost SMWS intensity – boiled sweets and waxy wine. Lovely.

Body – A little spice, sweet with sulphur sherry, lots of red wine, quite a lot of heat. Red fruit and tobacco. Much woodier with water, more classical.

Finish – Long and tasty. A lasting tobacco bitterness and again a little one dimensional.

What I say:

Part of a pair of Springbank expressions bottled by Whiskybroker late 2014, this one was matured for 18 years in a sherry hogshead. Many thanks to Ben @BensWhisky for sharing this with us.

Colour:

Deep blood/ruby red (16/20) rapid, thick & oily legs are followed by slow-forming medium-fine tears

Nose:

Dusty, chalky and spicy, dry and tannic, leathery and sun-baked, fruity strawberry & raspberry jellies, red fruits, sweet, musty and mineralic, bath salts? and smoke too – gentle wood smoke.

Taste:

Rounded and fruity, a medley of strawberry, raspberry, plum, melon, apple, cherry, raisin & fig, treacle toffee, malty, candyfloss, sugary crème brulee topping, hints of cinnamon and nutty, leather, tannic (but not so drying), weak and slightly herbal oak wood

Finish:

Long, subtle, malty oak and chalky/dried leather

Overall:

Great expression, well-rounded but lacked a little impact for us. Needed more depth and strength of fruits or chocolate or something.

Score: 85/100

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