Springbank 10 Year old
A Ramble Down to Campbeltown
8th Sep 2012
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Tasting Notes by WhiskyBee
I usually try to introduce myself to a new brand/distillery via a signature expression, and this, my first Springbank, left a fine first impression. It's a popular, much-reviewed whisky, so I'll just offer a few random thoughts of my own:
-It's the mildest 46% ABV whisky I've ever tried. Very soft (but complex), with no booze-y tickle on the nose or burn on the palate. Doesn't need any more water than you can squeeze out of a piece of chalk.
-Nose is sweet, lemony, and full of the fresh outdoors. No need for timid little sniffs here -- this one stands up to a long, hearty, fill-up-your-lungs inhale.
-Arrival is slightly neutral, but the development reveals plenty of subtle delights. Citrus, sweet cream, and a touch of wood smoke. Finish is nice, but the sudden pepper overload is something of a non-sequitur. Could be my bottle, but I don't notice the peat that others detect.
In all, I regard this one as a winner, with a few slight reservations. It's subtle as a baby's kiss, so it requires some work for full appreciation. I like its easy drinkability, yet I wonder if a bit more kick in the process might up the satisfaction level.
Good stuff nonetheless. Among the best 10 yo whiskies I've tried.