Sunday, 31 May 2009

SPRINGBANK 18 years old 46%

Top quality sherry in raspberry guise, freshly baked bread and trademark Springbank saltiness. The latter becomes more visible when the whisky reaches body temperature.

Outer sphere: raisiny and syrupy sherry of top-notch quality. Middle sphere: the expected saltiness. Inner sphere: delicious nutty bread. Intermittent oaky spices add a little robustness to the overall picture.

Self-confident sherry lifts off like a rocket from a bed of vanilla bread. Soon joined by cloves and nutmeg. Perhaps a bit dry at the end. An authoritative yet relaxed finish.

The Springbank revival continues unabashed. In the wake of the 1997 vintage comes another goodie. As far as my understaning goes, only 3500 bottles made, so hurry up!

Rating: 8 3/4

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