Whisky Review: Springbank 25 Years Old 1993 celebrating 10 Years TWA

Style: Fruity, oaky and slightly smoky

Nose:
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.

Palate:
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.

Finish:
An okay aftertaste, think wood planks and pencil shavings. Slowly the bitterness disperse, stewed fruits, pears and agar agar finally shine through.

Thoughts:
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 | **-]

-Esmond