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    Foreign Whisky of the Month - 09/2013: Springbank

    Sorry for the delay this month, had a lot going on lately with in-laws visiting from a across country and such.

    For the Foreign Whisky of the Month we are going with a previous runner-up: Springbank!

    The voting will return for next month's FWotM
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    I was wondering what bottle of scotch I should pick up next. Looks like my mind has been made up for me.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    Hmm... I have some Longrow but no Sprinkbank - may need to remedy that.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    Springbank is my favorite scotch distillery, if I haven't already mentioned it. The discontinued 10/100 was what brought me into the fold with its clean malt profile and slight and tight funk that is full of personality. Family-owned and they are the only distillery in all of Scotland that still does 100% of their own barley malting; I am particularly suggestible when it comes to things like that - the more the whisky-making process stays in house, the more opportunities it has to bring something unique to the table.

    I have a bunch of Springbank and Longrow open at the moment (Longrow is Springbank with a higher peating level), and right now I happen to be sipping on a 15yo CS bottling aged in re-charred sherry butts. Another thing about Springbank is that their line is pretty much all over the place. They have the NAS CV (46%), 10yo (46%), CS 12yo, 15yo (46%), 18yo (46%) and various older bottlings from time to time (not sure there are annual releases of Springers above 18yo). But they also do a lot of 1B wood-aging experiments and finishing. This one doesn't actually specify 1B, but I assume it must be since the label says 492 bottles.

    It has HUGE wood sugars on the nose and lots of fruity vanilla and creamy white chocolate. The palate comes on with sherry chocolate and follows with the Springer funk that seems to show up in all of their bottlings, but often to vastly varying degrees. The clean Springbank malt is there but quite buried by the oak influence. The finish is spicy wood that turns a bit hot. This is a BIG whisky that brings lots of bourbony barrel influence to the table thanks to the re-charring of the barrel before filling.

    I'll stop back in here with notes on some of the other bottles I have open, and I'll have to open up one of my squirreled away 10/100s as well. Another thing that stands out about the distillery is that they don't add color and they don't chill-filter, nor have they ever as far as I know.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    I had the pleasure of spending several hours in Cadenhead's in Edinburgh (owned by the Mitchell family which owns Springbank) last year. It was my first serious exposure to Scotch whisky and I quickly found the Campbelltown style suited my palate. I've since become an Islay fan as well, but Springbank is still one of my favorite malts. I've got some of the live cask bottlings from Cadenhead's, as well as the Springbank 10/100 and 15 year. In the interest of scientific inquiry, I'll retaste them and try to put together better notes - "boy that's tasty".

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    Talisker the Springbank! Wow. Right up my alley. Springbank 10 and Springbank 12 Cask Strength are the two I have had and I love them! When I have the funds for single malts they are among my go-to. The standard 10 is amazing..malt, lemons, smoke, salty and coastal, with a hint of peat..great stuff. The 12 year Cask Strength is a lot more sherried. Take the 10, add 9% more ABV and on top of all the above mentioned add raisins and tropical fruits!

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    Interesting how little activity there has been on this thread. I had a Laphroaig tasting this week so my palate is still attuned to the joys of peat. On Sunday I'll taste my Springbanks and post my notes.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Springbank

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiskyRI View Post
    Interesting how little activity there has been on this thread.
    Springbank is great, what else is there to say*?














    *Oh, yeah, the fact that its expensive relative to other options at each age category ...

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    I had just finished my bottle of Longrow and as always very satisfying... I wish there were more cask strength expressions readily available from them.

    I like the fact that they experiment with maturation/finishing in different types of barrels but they don't always work out that well... I have a 14yr Cask Strength Springbank matured in Amontillado cask that started out "ok" but is really hitting the spot right now.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 09/2013: Springbank

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    I like the fact that they experiment with maturation/finishing in different types of barrels but they don't always work out that well...
    The nice thing about SB is that they don't really do "finishing" in the way the term is usually applied. Their expressions tend to spend 2 or more years in the secondary casks (sometimes the secondary maturation lasts as long as the first).

    Problem with SB is the relatively small output leads to sporadic availability. Of course this is also a positive since small output generally means more character and variability not seen in some of the mass-market products ('fiddich, 'livet, talisker etc)

    If you are the type of person that likes consistency SB is not for you. A bit of variability occurs in all brands (i.e. a Talisker 10yo from today may vary slightly from one you bought a few months ago), but with SB there can be significant differences between batches of the same expression.
    Last edited by portwood; 09-21-2013 at 10:33.

 

 

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