Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
This is from a bottling Springbank did this year for their Springbank Society. The casks they bottle for the Society are usually of the highest quality and are often quite unique too. Unfortunately one needs to be in the UK to get them at a reasonable price so I can’t often get hold of them, so I’m hugely appreciative to have gotten this sample.
At 8 years old it is the youngest Springbank I’ve ever tried and having being matured in a fresh sherry butt for the entire period, we’re looking at something that’s going to be full of very bold flavours.
Aged 8 years. 57.2% ABV. Matured in a fresh sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Big dirty sherry note up front, then a bit of the sticky, fruity sherry. Match heads. Raisins. A little bit of Sodium Hydroxide. Musty earthiness. Sticky plums. Cherries in bitter chocolate. Orange peel.
Palate: Salt. Chocolate. Bitter citrus. Sulphury sherry. Nutty wood.
Finish: Long. Menthol. After Eight mint thins (lots of mint creme and chocolate). Cherry cough syrup.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a little aggressive even after some glass time and a little water, but boy did it deliver some massive flavours. It was very complex and had a very unique sherry profile which I found to be like a very rich dessert. All of the notes on this just felt really big and bold. This is not a subtle whisky, but who would expect that from a creature such as this. Wonderful dram.