My companion has more of a peat bent so began with a peaty Springbank.
Springbank 23 year (1994/2017) 50.6%
- Nose – A bit salty, almost a brine peat and sweet, then some lemon custard, minerals or an earthy element
- Palate – Nice and rounded on the palate with a solid old school campfire peat, light tobacco with some stewed fruits subtly in the background
- Finish – Really rather good – long and strong with a delicious light chocolate and almost herbal quality at the end
If you enjoy the peatier Campbeltown style, this one is certainly for you! It has a deceptive complexity that grows on you the more you sip… and yet it is also eminently approachable.
While it is from the “Springbank” distillery, in terms of style, it is what we today know as “Longrow” or the peat line from the Campbeltown distillery.
You won’t find this at a liquor store near you… instead it was last seen on Whisky Auctioneer with the winning bidder parting with £425. Gulp!
We tried it as part of a special evening with Mario of The Nector of the Daily Drams along with:
- Ben Nevis 21 year (19967/2017) 48.7%
- Deanston 19 year (1999/2018) 51%
- Highland Park 24 year (1992/2016) 50%
- The Anniversary Dram XO 45.4%
Curious to try other peaty whiskies from this distillery?
And Springbank’s unpeated avatars:
- 10 year 46%
- 12 year (June 2016) Burgundy Cask Strength 53.5%
- 12 year (Jan 2017) Cask Strength 54.2%
- 15 year 46%
- 18 year 46%
- 20 year Vintage (1996/2006) 55.8%
- 37 year (1970/2005) Cask No1343 Bottle No 630 43% (Chieftain’s)
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