Springbank 16 Years Old Local Barley 54.3% tiny box damage 1999
|Cask Type||80% Ex-Bourbon, 20% Ex-Sherry|
|Conditie||In Original Container|
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Initially Sweet and briny before notes of butter shortbread, vanilla, pear drops and raisin develop.
Palate: Sweet and rounded with a very subtle peat inﬂuence combining with butter tablet, soft fruit and mineral notes.
Finish: evolving ﬁnish with notes reminiscent of our earthy dunnage
warehouses. The peat is slightly more prominent and integrates well
with lighter notes of candy and lemon zest.
All distilled from barley grown at Low Machrimore Farm in Southend, a few miles outside of Campbeltown
The barley type is prisma and 80% of the whisky was matured in American oak ex bourbon and 20% European oak ex oloroso sherry.
Serge Valentin (91)
All the barley came from one single farm in Kintyre, and was floor-malted on location at Springbank. The casks were kept and disgorged/bottled on location as well. Some will say that this is genuine ‘single malt’, while so many are totally international ‘operations’ and carry almost nothing truly ‘local’. Colour: pale gold. Nose: same family, and that’s very obvious on the nose, even if this one has a bit of varnish, possibly from the higher strength. Similar metallic/mineral profile, with perhaps a little more grapefruit and lemon, but the soot and ashes are well there. The shoe polish as well. With water: takes water extremely well. In other words, more quality shoe polish ;-). Mouth (neat): this is really very good, and totally up my alley. Sharp, sooty, very zesty, slightly pungent, with a perfect minerality and a grassy side that reminds me a bit of that Spanish white wine that can be very good (and sometimes awful, to be honest), verdejo. With water: oh yes it swims well. Perfect lemon, soot, paraffin (the good side of paraffin), ashes… What it’s not quite got, and which was in the 1978, is salt. Finish: long, lemony, grassy, and sooty. In other words, perfect. A medicinal side in the aftertaste (iodine, antiseptic). Comments: I was hoping this wood be great, and I’m not disappointed. Old school and just perfect.