Dram Review: Glen Extra (Springbank) 12 Years Old

[70 Proof・Bottled Circa 1960s・12 Years Old・Robert Watson Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Grassy with this certain attractive antique style white fruit note. Some burnt toast follows as well as leather and tobacco, some jasmine too before it turns somewhat savoury with grilled capsicum to go with a perfume-y undertone. Palate & Finish: Smooth white fruits along with…

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Dram Review: Springbank 21 Years Old Specially Bottled for Malt House Islay

[54.1%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2018・21 Years Old・Official Bottling for Malt House Islay・Cask No. 118・Single Cask Release] Nose: A proper showing of meaty Sherried Springbank but at the same time it gets evened out by some vibrant light fruits. Quite leathery and malty with some fainter fragrance hanging on, followed by a clean wave of ripe…

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Dram Review: SMWS 27.109 Springbank “Guns on the Grouse Moor”

[58.3%・Distilled in 1998・Bottled in 2015・16 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 738 Bottles] Nose: Perhaps not a surprise for a Springbank matured in a Gorda cask, the nose is driven by meat broth and salted meat, with a tinge of gun powder sulphur in the mix, thick confectionary layer giving an oily sweetness, rounded with…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Calvados Wood 2000 12 Years Old

Style: Crisp, Sweet and Spicy Nose: Kicks off with a fresh and spirited tone, fragrant green apples, kiwi, fruit tarts while coal fire churning gently underneath. A few acidic touches and the spirit/herbal spice is quite fired up and locked up part of the aroma. Shy malt sponge cake gradually opens up with stewed fruits…

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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…

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Whisky Review: Douglas Laing’s XOP Springbank 1995 21 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose: Surprisingly dense on the nose, thick cream spreading over ultra-ripe melon fruits. A flinty, spirit overtone, followed by a wonderful flick of smoky caramel popcorn. Liquorice roots, another touch of sugary tropical fruits, green grass weaving in and the freshness holds the aroma together very nicely. Dry spice and mineral…

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Dram Review: Springbank 15 Years Old (Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import)

[45.7%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1979・Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import・Limited Release] Nose: A nose that puts the mind in peace, well placed elements of wild flowers, poached pears, pickled pears, sultana and orange peels lightly tossed with nice dressings of elder flower syrup and soft honey; it’s…

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Dram Review: Springbank 100% Pure Malt 15 Years Old (Pear Shape)

[43.0%・Distilled Circa 1960s・Bottled Circa Late 1970s・15 Years Old・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: The dram gives off this naturally sweet vibe, some dried white fruits with haystacks. It’s delicate and grassy with the subtle white peaches and white tea melting into some fine olive oil and followed nicely by some orange zest. Palate and Finish: A polite…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Springbank Aged 34 Years Cask Strength

[52.2%・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1998・34 Years Old・Cadenhead’s Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Probably one of the most beautifully Sherried Springbank I have come across, evoking delightful thoughts of warm toffee syrup being poured on chocolate mud cake that’s made with sweet almond nibs and dried muscat grapes. The elongated sweetness is not overloaded though as it…

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Whisky Review: The Nectar of the Daily Drams Springbank 1994 23 Years Old

Style: Fruity, Sooty and Comfortable Nose: Incredibly clean and crisp mango and green papaya closing in gracefully. A quick icy peppermint ping. Sooty smoke rising quietly, while deep earthy peat gradually stacking up. Balmy fruits casually unwinding with a subtle farm-y hay signatures. Very nice. Palate: Stewed tropical fruits, tobacco ashes and earthy peat braiding…

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