Springbank is a family owned distillery in Campbeltown. So far, I’ve had good experiences with whiskies from these folks.
- A few years ago we sampled the delightful Springbank 18 year, paired with desert.
- And long before I even imagined recording tasting notes, a Longrow had a most enjoyable peaty time in my whisky cabinet til the last drop was polished off!
- During my last trip to Singapore, I enjoyed their Hazelburn 12 year and was sorely tempted to pick up the Hazelburn 8 year 1st bottling.
So when a Springbank was part of Canadian stash from my aunt and uncle? Let’s just say, I was looking forward…
Springbank Vintage 1996 55.8% Cask No 269
- Colour – Amber
- Nose – Rich, slightly medicinal, honeycomb, ripe plum, vanilla, toffee
- Taste – Plums burst into chewy raisins, cereal, oily, a bit spicy, there is strength here, a toughness of character that is earthy, lots of dried fruits and a hint of cinnamon bark, meaty
- Finish – Very different kind of bitter chocolate, burnt quality, leather… think dark chocolate covered raisins with a dusting of cinnamon, much longer than anticipated…
- Water – Punches up the sweet quotient in the most delicious way! As expected, kicks up the spice too but then the chewy bark-like quality on the palate mellowed and gained a toffee element to cover the yummy dried fruits and berries
- Overall – Bold and beautiful! This is no light spring dance or sunny summer romp, instead this whisky is bursting with the golden hues and blazing fire of autumn. In short – I want more!
Unfortunately I do not know what year this was bottled, however there enough going on here to warrant paying attention, regardless of age.
There also were no official tasting notes available, however I did find a few other folks with their observations about other 1996 vintages:
Can’t wait to dig in to the next one from the Canadian sampling stash…
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