Whisky Review: Springbank Single Cask 2000 Aged 15 Years (10th Anniversary Bottling for Premium Scotch Importers, Australia) “PSI II”

Style: Sherry and Smoky

Nose:
Serene brown sugar syrup glistening gently, integrated with a healthy dose of salted caramel and smoked hay stack. Underneath sits traces of lemon citrus and briny tone. Finish with a tail of chocolate brownie and dry barley.

Palate:
Clean, crystallized Oloroso brown sugar beautifully ties together with the Springbank distillate, pulled pork, floral brushes, cherry juice, dark plums, tame peat smoke, all gently highlighted by green spearmint. Paprika descends, lime jelly, muscovado sugar, slices of green kiwis. Fresh fruitiness really lights up the arena… Dark chocolate, black liquorice and mocha prowling at the back. Maple syrup washing over subtle pistachio and smoked salmon to finish.

Finish:
Chocolate malt, cocoa powder, red fruits ringing with Springbank smoke. How good is that?!

Thoughts:
What a rich, riveting dram we have here. Near-perfect integration of the sherry cask and the spirit, everything you would wish for a Springbank sherry bomb at this age. Sweet, tranquil, deep but also fresh. Beautiful layering and nothing overcomplicated. A bottle I can sit down, indulge and forget time.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[48.3% • Original Bottling • 2015 Bottled • 2000 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • 276 Bottles • Cask Number: 651 • Matured in 1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Hogshead • **+]

-Esmond