Continuing on with my reviews, and as I seem to be on a bit of an 18yo kick at the moment, we move from Islay to Campbeltown for my thoughts on the Springbank 18yo. This whisky is matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.
Region: Campbeltown, Scotland
Style: Single Malt
Age: 18 years
Springbank Distillery is the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on the one site. 100% of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery in Campbeltown.
Even the peat used to dry the malt is cut within a few miles of the distillery by the company itself. Springbank is produced using lightly-peated barley (around 15ppm) and a unique two-and-a-half-times distillation (most single malts are only distilled twice) process.
Colour: Old gold with many thick legs.
Nose: Rich and powerful with some soft, peaty smoke upfront. A charming vanilla sweetness follows and grows into nutty (almonds) and sweet berry fruit (strawberries and blueberries) notes. I also pick up some marzipan, dried fruit, spices and a hint of savouriness. A gentle, fragrant and balanced nose in which the complexity increases with time in the glass.
Palate: Well balanced, complex and full bodied with a lovely thick and oily mouth feel. Nice spicy burn (tip of tongue) greets you before some mellow smokiness, liquorice and aniseed leads you further in. Zesty with some salt and pepper like spiciness. All this is backed up by some honeyed and rich fruit (citrus mostly).
Finish: Fairly long with chocolate and sweet spices and a soft smokiness to the end.
Overall: A very drinkable dram that is not only powerful and complex, but backed by some lovely rich and gentler notes as well. I loved the back and forth between the sweet and spicy notes.
My Score: 87