Dram Review: Springbank 18 Years Old (Bottled in 2009)

[46%・Bottled in 2009・18 Years Old・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 7,800 Bottles]

Nose:

The nose begins with a charming and accomodating dose of dark fruits and some dried fruits, minerals brushed over raisins and berries with discrete hints of wet grassiness and earthiness as well as a faint lace of smoke.

Palate & Finish:

Pleasing dried fruits dressed with bleached almond nibs, moderate doses of prunes, plums and forest berries with a casual splash of spices onto the minerals. Dried orange slices, tea leaves, cinnamon and menthol as the tannins thinly sweeps over in the form of dark cocoa.

Mild brushes of dried fruits, leather and tannins, quite delicately stretches out.

Thoughts:

This bottling from 1999 was the first 18 year old released in the modern Springbank era, and it was really well crafted, with the distillery’s DNA well conveyed via a lovely Sherry influence.

Really a proper step up from the entry level offerings.

☆ [Recommended]

Thank you Alan.

-Nicholas