Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.
Been a while since my last update, unfortunately things have been quite busy so I haven’t really had much time so really sit down and enjoy some of the whiskies I’ve been meaning to try. Now that I have some time I was really excited to sit down with this one.
This is from a swap I did a while back and is one of Springbank’s amazing Society bottlings. It’s a Longrow, so heavily peated.
Aged 14 years. 53.2%ABV. Matured in a fresh sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Lovely funky caramel toffee. Cigar smoke. Matches. Fruit punch. Pomegranates. Stewed plums in custard. Craft glue. Rubber. Jackfruit. Pickled cucumber. Lime soda.
Palate: Cherries. Leather. Orange peels. Beeswax. Paraffin. Earthy peat. Gunpowder. Nutty wood and sea salt on the swallow.
Finish: Long. Creamy toffee. Earthy peat. Cigar smoke. Menthol. Wine gums.
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 really really strange whisky. But it was also really good. A very interesting funky and almost creamy character, something quite unexpected and really pleasant surprise as it’s not the funk one usually expects off a Longrow and the cask influence is quite unique as well. As always a fantastic bottling from a fantastic disitllery. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.