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 | **-]