Once and a while, a rare dram will make an appearance in Mumbai. Such was the case one fine monsoon evening. Our hosts had a rather enviable array of whiskies in their bar and gave me a chance to pick something new to open that evening. As soon as I spotted this one, there was no doubt it was the one to try.
Even more generously, they gave me a chance to take home a sample to share with others, hence it topped off our Campbeltown mini’s evening – like the “show stopper” it was!
Springbank 37 year (May 1970 / January 2005) Cask No1343 Bottle No 630 43% (Chieftain’s)
- Nose – Green apple, cinnamon, nutty, a bit musty, perfume, fresh fruity fragrant, herbal, bubblegum, rosemary soap, light lavender, lemon grass, cedar, raw white fruit, purple grape soda, citrus orange, dry balsa wood, sour cherry
- Palate – A lovely spice, so smooth, delicate apple, welcoming, complex
- Finish – Long strong and gorgeous
Bottom line – it was exceedingly enjoyable – in the category of a whisky you could while away an evening with most companionably. There was an inviting, comforting quality, nuanced, balanced and complex yet in an understated way. We counted ourselves fortunate to have an opportunity to be introduced to such a fine whisky.
What all did we try in our Campbeltown meanderings:
- Glen Scotia Double Cask 46% – From another minis evening
- Glen Scotia 15 year 46%
- Glen Scotia Victoriana 51.5%
- Springbank 15 year 46%
As we went back to revisit all our Campbeltown drams, we noted a common thread of sheer drinkability – each was most enjoyable, no off notes, no harshness, with a common theme of vanilla, baked goods with most also having a light citrus fruit.
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Wow! I never sipped a Springbank THAT old so far… most mature one I had was a 25-year-old from Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range.
This was a verrrrry special one! With exceedingly generous hosts who were kind enough to open and share a rare dram. Lucky lucky lucky us!
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Oh yeah, I bet that. I’m always happy to read about such out-of-the-ordinary bottlings on your blog. If I can’t drink ’em myself, reading how a cool, whisky-versed person experienced them is the second best thing! 🙂
Hahaha! Couldn’t agree more! 🙂