Tag: 52.3% ABV

The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 11 (52.3%, The Blended Whisky Company, 2018)

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The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 11 whisky review: A lovely blend that smacks of aged stock and I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was blended (or even single) malt. Quite a complex dram but that is unsurprising considering choice of components has been arrived at by availability and status (i.e. closed distillery). Perhaps a little zesty and spirity in places but here this adds character whereas other blends would smooth this out and diminish the tasting experience (in my opinion). 88/100

Springbank 14 Years Old 2002 (52.3%, OB, Cage, F Rum Barrel, 1 Bottle, 2017)

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Springbank 14 Years Old 2002 Rum Cask Whisky Review: A touch spicier and more bitter, I did prefer the Hazelburn though not by much. This has some lovely funk and engine oil dirtiness I associate with Springbank but just enough sweetness from the spirit and the rum cask to keep it palateable. I feel the more rum-casked whiskies I have the less that Rum-cask maturation brings to the party – to the point I am not actively seeking any more. 83/100

Springbank 17 Years Old Sherry Wood (52.3%, OB, 9,120 Bottles, 2015)

A classic Springbank expression with pure sherry maturation using a high proportion of Oloroso casks, perfectly drinkable at 52.3% ABV. Dark fruits and masses of cocoa and tannins beautifully balance that dirty, oily and earthy peat smoke. If anything the Springbank maltiness takes a back seat here, filling out the body and supporting all those wonderfully strong sherry flavours. At just over 9,000 bottles you had better snap this up fast if you want to try it! 89/100