Continuing on the heels of my last post with yet another Springbank. This is a release from this year, but has spent 21 years being aged and is the oldest Springbank I’ve ever tried. This one was bottled as a series of 21 year old single cask bottlings. This particular sample was from the cask released to the UK market.
Aged 21 years. 49.6% ABV. Matured in a refill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Slightly muted funk. Light honey. Citrus zest. A very well-rounded malty note. Buttered popcorn. Macadamias. There’s some wood influence trying to come out but it’s just not managing.
Palate: Leather. Wood shavings. Chewy citrus. Marzipan. Pineapple. Marmalade. Orange sherbert. Slight loamy note.
Finish: Long. Salty. Light wood. Orange peel. Anise. Menthol.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Well that was an anti-climax. This was not a bad whisky, but for the high standard I hold Springbank to it was a real disappointment. Perhaps a combination of age whittling away the distillate character and a tired cask with no new character to impart, this just felt bland. For the insane price asked I’ll take a whole bunch of their 12 and 15 year old expressions any day of the week.