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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 13 September 2012


Here is one of those bottles you probably only see and try once - ever....

Why? since its a one off - yes, a one off... a hand bottled duty paid sample from a single cask exclusively for the Ardshiel Hotel mentioned in the Glendronach post from Saturday 8th September.

Springbank August 2012 © The Malt Desk

When I spotted this one in bar, I just knew I had to try it.
Amazing colour on it and its my experience that Springbank goes well with port maturation... and even though it was £11 a nip, I treated myself to it, as a dessert :-)

Springbank 17yo, bottled 2012, 54,2%, (full maturation in) Fresh port cask, Hand bottled, Duty paid sample for Ardshiel Hotel & Restaurant

Colour: Dark brown/red - just like an old tawny port

Springbank 17yo for Ardshiel Hotel © The Malt Desk
Amazing how the first thing that hits you is the Springbank character - salt, some peat, heavy oils and pepper. Then the wine hits with an avalanche of crushed red grapes, blackcurrant and even hits of strawberry - and finally going back to a slightly maritime theme on tar, salt and peat. I find this very multi-layered...

Heavy arrival on mainly fruit and what I'll just refer to as 'Springbank' incl. a surprising amount of peat - again very surprising how much original character there's left in this one. After a short while more delicate notes appear - dried fruits, as in your muesli, blackcurrant, some licorice, then huge on wet tobacco and a drying wood, dried red grapes and peat on the finish.

This is a lovely dram - but you'll have to like port finishes to really like this one.

Anyway, I'll bring it up to a solid 90/100!

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