Whisky Review: Springbank 21 Year Old 1993 Old Particular Cask 10527

Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Springbank Distillery

Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular

ABV: 51.4%

Cost: £230 from The Green Welly Stop

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What they say:

Independently bottled Springbank single malt! Awesome! This tasty Campbeltown whisky was distilled in May 1993 and matured in refill hogshead #10527 for 21 years, until it was bottled in October 2014. It was bottled for the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing with an outturn of 223 bottles.

Nose:

Toffee sweet initially + barley, light oak & espresso – clean & ozone fresh.

Palate:

Coastal, nutty, spiced – still coffee’d + attractive late dried fruit & honey.

Finish:

Shows some camphor cough drops – barley sweetness, vanilla & liquorice.

What I say:

A 21 year old Springbank! Now usually we consider that most of the Douglas Laing bottlings come from their own well-manicured stock or they gain by trading/brokerage with the possibility of swapping some of their barrel stock for other harder to get hold of whiskies. Occasionally however some real gems come out of the blue, when casks may become available to them as part of a bottling arrangement with a cask owner who perhaps hadn’t appreciated the finances of bottling their cask or maybe didn’t want all of the bottles out of a given cask. What an interesting story some of these casks must have… 😉

Colour:

Dark amber gold (9/20) oily with thick legs and loose tears

Nose:

That traditional Springbank, mealy/malty, salt and oil, briny sea spray, hessian and tarry ropes, engine oil and hints of peat furnace/fire, a light honey sweetness

Taste:

Actually quite delicate, a nice vanilla richness acts as a prelude to salty coastal sea spray, malty cereal barley, chicory or camp coffee, made from a tin kettle boiled on a kerosene lamp, there is something rudimentary and almost Victiorian engineering about this dram, salted caramel flapjacks complement the coffee

Finish:

Long, malty, oily, hessian rope, tannic oak wood and a pinch of salt

Overall:

A classic Springbank, perhaps a lot less sherry influence in here than most will be used to, but that just makes it more lovable. It is rugged and is definitely a dram to take camping or when you really need to warm your cockles after a hard days fishing or being outdoors.

Score: 88/100

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