Friday, 7 February 2014

Springbank 10 Year Old

Springbank 10
Picture: The Whisky Exchange

Identity Card

  • Official bottling from Springbank Distillery (Campbeltown)
  • 10-year-old single malt Scotch whisky
  • Alcohol: 46% ABV

A chili preserved in vinegar


Tasting notes

Colour: Copper

Nose: Soft and sweet peat smoke are balanced by citrus and vanilla. Adding water is like opening a spice drawer and there's a leftover of dried sausage hidden in it somewhere. Among the spices are nutmeg, clove and some cinnamon.

Taste: Spices are everywhere! Pepper shakes you awake. I'm thinking of a chilli preserved in vinegar. With water, it gets a bit sweeter. Vanilla and raisins. In the end, there's a little bit of sea salt on the tongue. Three primary tastes in one dram: sweet, tangy and salty.

Finish: Pepper and salt are struggling for attention. And the third dog? The sweetness of raisins.

Conclusion: Quite a little character with a rich tradition. Fruity sweetness, a little bit of salt, deliciously hot and pleasantly smoky. Quite complex for a ten-year-old.


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