Color: Light Gold
Campbeltown, and more importantly Springbank, expressions are always on top of my love list. They have an allure which I can’t explain and I love the fact that simply by being creative they can create different spirits from essentially the same equipment.
The Springbank has the distinction of being distilled two and a half times (not two and not three) unlike all other spirits being produced in Scotland.
This one is a 10 year old bottled at 46% and has seen some sherry casks along the way.
Nose: Initially quite malty with strong salt, brine and coastal sea air. The sherry starts to peek through quickly after that. Dark chocolate oranges infused with cardamom and a hint of delicate peat with some brown bread thrown in for good measure.
Palate: Very true to the nose. The chocolate citrus is there but now with over ripe dates and raisins. There is sweet but the savory side is stronger. Cardamom and cinnamon round off the spicy notes.
Finish: Medium. With salivating oily cinnamon.
This is a very accomplished whisky and serves as a basis for the older geniuses that follow.