Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency 10 Years Anniversary Springbank (Peated Type) 1996

Style: Smoky, Fruity and Vibrant

Nose:

Bright start with fresh green kiwis and smoky guava, an unusual combination but it is fantastic. Under the green fruits lie an alluring layer of malt syrup and stewed tropical fruits, earthy spice raising the ceiling while fruit punch adding a beautiful depth to the aroma. Subtle meaty notes reside at the core.

Palate:

Fresh, smoky green fruits levitate and give way to sweet, stewed tropical fruits to settle in, papaya, malt syrup and agar agar blossoming beautifully. It feels the maturation balance has hit the sweet spot. Peach infused with sponge cake and mineralic peat. Chili spice giving optimal heat, transition to Riesling, white grapes skin with slight tannins as the oak sits in, 90% dark cacao finish.

Finish:

The peat rises and subsides, reminiscence of ice sugar malt, pineapple slices and pears. All soft and sweet.

Thoughts:

When the label says “peated type” I think that translates to Longrow. I don’t have much experience with well-matured, single cask Longrow because they are as rare as hen’s teeth. Personally, I find the heavily peated variation somehow changes the dynamic of the distillery profile – there are certain similarities with Springbank but it feels the smoke takes up a more important role and brings out the freshness of spirit, injecting more vibrancy while keeping a dazzling level of complexity. Great drop.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[50.9% | Independent Bottling | Single Cask | Cask Strength | Non Coloured | Non Chill Filtered | 1996 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Aged 21 Years | Matured in a Hogshead – Peated Type | **]

-Esmond