Representing Campbeltown, our host selected this classic Springbank 10 year as part of our tasting trio.
We sampled it blind following and were completely taken aback – it wasn’t at all like what we have come to expect from Springbank. Read on and discover why…
Springbank 10 year 46%
- Nose – Jackfruit, cream, old fruit, was there a hint of smoke or peat? Mandarin orange, marshmallow, then solvent? Huh? Which shifted into paan or betel leaf, vanilla, very sweet, grass
- Palate – Surprisingly soft, orange marmalade, then peat, sweet and even more peat and sweet
- Finish – There but not much, sweet lemon rind
This one didn’t quite sit right with us… there was a flat tone, one even called it insipid? We certainly thought it had a lower alcohol content than the one before… and we were stumped, we simply couldn’t place it.
The reveal was a shocker. Several of us – myself included – are quite fond of Campbeltown whiskies with this Springbank 10 year a standard.
How then did it not have any of the elements we normally expect? Where was the pear, yummy rich nutty oak, vanilla, pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, a sweet dry yet satisfying finish??
And that’s where we realised without a doubt the impact of the tasting order. Starting off with the powerful peaty Caol Ila, the more delicate Springbank wasn’t able to reveal its true character. Setting them all aside and then coming back after the Scapa made such a difference.
What else did we explore?
- Distiller’s Art with Caol Ila 8 year (2009/2018) 59.2%
- Distiller’s Art with Jura 11 years (2006/2018) 58.6%
- Scapa 40%
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