Tasting Springbank 100 proof
Continuing the streak of excellent whiskies in recent days, with this little stunner. About two months ago I visited my whisky friend Yariv who lives in Haifa. He’s a big Springbank and Laddie fan, and we did have quite a few drams of those. It was the first time I had the pleasure of trying this 100 proof Springbank. It’s a shame this bottle is not available in shops right now, since it’s a stunning whisky. I took home a wee sample to re-taste this (after all, after massive dramming it’s not so easy to take notes, and believe me, some heavy dramming took place that afternoon.) This lovelt dram is bottled at 100 proof as the yankees call it, or 57% in European terms, Joy!
Nose: We’re definitely in Campbeltown here : starting off with massive seaside brine and peat. Very coastal as can be expected. some leafy notes and also farmy ones. smoke and seaside spray a faint perfume of cucumbers. This is a big nose, pretty massive stuff.
Palate: Wow. Powerful smoke and earthy peat on initial attack. Then briny turning sweeter and revealing malty and sherried notes then again turning salty.
Finish: Long, lemon, brine and faint smoke with the memory of a fishing boat in the distance.
This is a stunning whisky, only 10 years of age, but whoa! what a nose and palate, It’s just like you’re on a fishing boat, sea spray in your eyes, and nose. Pleasure.If you are into Springbanks, you will adore this one, and if you are not, you need to try this one, as it’s a lovely example of the house style.Ace. Now, where do I find me a bottle of this one? anyone?