Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.
This sample was kindly donated to my blog by The Exclusive Dram – a company whose aim is “to allow anyone the chance to sample some of the most unique and expensive whiskys without breaking the bank!”
Burnished gold verging on auburn.
Lots of dried fruits, oak & nuts. A touch of marzipan. Brine & a burning rubber note that I found quite pronounced.
Fruit – dried fruits & orange, sweet sherry & honey. Mild smoke & nuts come through over time.
Rich dried fruits, salted nuts and smoky – think of the taste you get the morning after a night of drinking whisky and smoking cigars, sort of like a cigar ashtray.
Lots of rich dried fruits and sherry and plenty of honey with this one. The burnt rubber I got on the nose was odd – I wouldn’t say I disliked it as such but I just wasn’t sure what to make of it. The nuts and smoke on the palate and especially on the finish did a good job of tempering the rich, fruity, sweet notes. Although I described the smoke on the finish as like a cigar ashtray it wasn’t meant in a bad way – just that this was the closest description I could think of for it.
Limited to 540 bottles available and retailing at £85 I’m not sure I’d have paid that for it… actually that’s not true, I would definitely have paid that for it after trying it. I love smoky and peaty whiskies but I also enjoy rich sherry cask expressions too so this did a great job of starting to mix the two. Seen as you can’t buy a bottle of this anymore though (unless you get lucky in an auction) I’m happy to drink my sample from The Exclusive Dram that you can find here.
Tasting notes taken from the Springbank website.
The tasting notes for this bottling are:
Nose – Dark fruits. Prunes, dates, roasted nuts, walnuts and raisins and dunnage warehouse.
Palate – Lots of sherry influence. Fairly nutty as the nose suggests. Barbecue smoke, coastal/salty with traces of spent matches.
Finish – Dry with hints of cinnamon and very moreish!