The Springbank is part of my ongoing fascination with Campbeltown whiskies. For no particular reason I am just fascinated by this region. It’s like having a love affair with someone difficult. You are crushed when they fail you but their triumphs fill you with delight.
While this 18 year old does not exactly set the night on fire it is a beautiful whisky with a unique earthy quality.
Nose: Lightly peated with a touch of smoke the nose is dominated by wild red berries sprinkled with salt. The sherry influence is warm and earthy giving it a peculiar dusty quality. And finally there is that musky aftershave. I wouldn’t mind splashing this one on after a morning shave.
Palate: Quite a strong oily mouthfeel – confident without overpowering. The earthy sherry is back and it brings with it the berries. Then some figs and raisins with a sprinkle of all-spice.
Finish: The finish is oily too with that familiar earthiness and musky overtones. Wait. Scratch that. I get Coca Cola. I swear.
Another subtly unique gem from C’town.