Review: Springbank 15 Years Old 1999 Rum Cask 300

Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Springbank Distillery

Bottling: Whiskybroker Cask No 300

ABV: 52.8%

Cost: £52.71 from Whiskybroker

WhB Springbank 15 Rum Cask 300

What they say:

Former Rum Barrel Cask No 300

Distilled 8th October 1999, Bottled 28th October 2013, 87 bottles at 52.8%

Notes from Bens Whisky

Nose – Zesty lime, cut green apple, musky deodorant (men’s, bright, sweet and spicy), blonde wood. When I first opened the bottle this was pretty workaday but as ever, a couple of months later it’s showing its true potential. Bright, refreshing, complex and clean. Lovely stuff.

Body – Deep toffee, spicy and with good Springbank sulphur, loads of oil and character and malted barley. Tobacco and old shelves. Goodness me this is good.

Finish – Long, perhaps a little bitter, with chilli and coffee tones. Very long actually, engines and musky toffee right at the end, and then even, a little winey with Putty Rubber (took a while to dredge that out of the memory banks!).

What I say:

Part of a pair of Springbank expressions bottled by Whiskybroker late 2014, this one was matured for 15 years in a former rum barrel. Many thanks to Ben @BensWhisky for sharing this with us.

Colour:

Very pale gold/white wine (1/20) loose large tears with slow and oily medium legs

Nose:

Gentle fruity; apple, pear, peach, grapefruit citrus, light biscuit malt, hint of dusty chalk, fresh grapefruit with salt and white pepper, hint of herbal lemongrass

Taste:

Zesty orange and lemon peel & pith, tannic and leathery, astringent, spiced white pepper, apricot, peach, grapefruit, sour & bitter, dry woody oak/sawdust, a hint lactic, lemon barley sugars, a light caramel or toffee – like toffee sauce, salted

Finish:

Medium, sweet & sour, caramel topped biscuits and grapefruit

Overall:

This has a lovely polished toffee/spun sugar feel (i.e. the type that makes your teeth feel cleaner or polished after eating!), sour and salty this is quite nice and moreish.

Score: 84/100

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