Review: Springbank 18 Years Old 1996 Sherry Cask 491
Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Springbank Distillery
Bottling: Whiskybroker Cask No 491
Cost: £62.02 from Whiskybroker
What they say:
Sherry Hogshead Cask No 491
Distilled 18th October 1996, Bottled 17th December 2014, 258 bottles at 56.3%
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.
Deep blood/ruby red (16/20) rapid, thick & oily legs are followed by slow-forming medium-fine tears
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.
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
Long, subtle, malty oak and chalky/dried leather
Great expression, well-rounded but lacked a little impact for us. Needed more depth and strength of fruits or chocolate or something.
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