Style: Sherry and Smoky
Begins with a sweet and forthcoming aroma. Strawberries, fig jam, raisins and other sherry notes putting up a dazzling array of red fruits. Five spices and cinnamon stick lightly torched, a faint hint of flint stone, black pepper, lavender and tropical fruits jelly all meld together to form an inner layer, creating a beautiful depth. Hay smoke reeling, sea waves beckoning towards the end, a calm and wonderful aroma.
The assorted red fruits slowly narrowing down to dark digs and strawberry jam to form a nice albeit slightly more one-dimensional sherry crust. Followed by summer berries, especially blue berries, are served with torched cinnamon and chilli spice. Black pepper scattered around while tropical fruits moving gingerly, finishes with a quick stir of barley sugar, oak and mineral touches.
A relatively dry finish when you have such a sherry-licious nose and palate. The oak takes over, carrying some bitterness as well as touches of lime stones, while faint red fruits staying at the back which unwinds slowly overtime.
For those who are not familiar, Scoma is a German spirits retail shop and also does independent bottlings. A sherried Springbank we have here, while the nose is incredibly promising (maybe too much so), unfortunately it cannot keep up the momentum, with the palate lacking a bit of substance and depth to make this good whisky great. Nonetheless, who doesn’t like a whisky which tastes like smoky strawberry jam? A nice, composed dram. Very close to two stars.
[52.7% | Independent Bottling | Single Cask | 1993 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Cask Strength | Cask Number: 14 | 300 Bottles | *+]
Style: Fruity, oaky and slightly smoky
Round, stewed apricots and stone fruits leading the way, which is then carefully sealed with a beautiful layer of honey aloe vera. Sandalwood oil, paperboard in a timber shed. Ambers radiating softly from distance, green herbs spice taking a slight alcohol edge. Fruits continue to shine brilliantly from the core, hay smoke circling loosely around it. Overall a soft, sonorous and satisfying tone.
Stewed tropical and stone fruits combine and unwind silkily on the palate. A soft Bourbon cask-esque creamy touch carefully applied around it. Frail smoke flickering, while green herbs striding through with a certain swagger. Peppermint, fennel and other culinary herbs puts in a strong medicinal drive. Glazed pineapples, honey aloe vera returns, oak sinks in with some timber wood and saw dust gathering for a slight bitter finish.
An okay aftertaste, think wood planks and pencil shavings. Slowly the bitterness disperse, stewed fruits, pears and agar agar finally shine through.
From my understanding this Springbank is a private stock and it is bottled to celebrate the tenth year anniversary for the famous independent bottler – The Whisky Agency. A splendid bourbon cask which provides a tad of creaminess to round the stewed fruits up very nicely. Maybe the tail fades off a bit too fast and the oak sinks in too quickly, but overall the rhythm and composure are fantastic. A pretty great drop.
☆☆ [Highly Recommended]
[48% | Original Bottling | 1993 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Single Cask | Cask Strength | **-]
[46.0%・15 Years Old・Bottled Circa Late 1970s – Early 1980s・ Official Bottling・General Release]
The vintage Springbank vibe has been well preserved and is very appealing as a result. Lovely presence of white fruits, and later on joined by notes of malt and cereal. A lingering but restrained lace of white floral note arriving late as traces of leathery and vegetative notes emerge.
Palate & Finish:
Lush mangoes and pineapples, with more orchard fruits merrily coming along, vaguely seasoned with pear nectar and passion fruit syrup.
A subtly malty finish that draws long with hint of dried mangoes.
A darn good bottle in excellent condition, brilliant showing of tropical fruits.
☆☆ [Highly Recommended]