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Springbank 10 Year Old 2010 Local Barley

Richly Layered

5 090

@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

14th Jun 2021

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The Local Barley releases by Springbank are almost legendary. Getting hold of a bottle is nigh impossible, unless you are willing to pay four times the release price on the secondary market. Crazy, right? So Iā€™m very happy that my German buddy Tobias did not think twice about opening his bottle ā€“ good on you, mate! ā€“ and offered me a generous sample.

Delicious nose on lots of sherry. Nicely dusty on cigar leaves, cocoa and cherry syrup. Furniture polish in hessian cloth. A lovely, fresh note of menthol. Dark honey and something like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Chocolate and maple syrup kick in after a few moments.

Nicely oily, almost syrupy on the palate. Now the funky notes (mushrooms!) that I often associate with Springbank come first. Excellent stuff. Pretty piquant on black pepper, nutmeg and a truckload of cloves. Walnutes, orange peel and raisins precede more menthol and dark maple syrup. Finally a salty edge and something herbal as well as a grand development of smoke. Heavenly stuff at perfect strength.

The finish is long and warm, starts very sweet but then evolves towards a soft bitterness and saltiness. Mint at the death.

A very exciting and richly layered Springer.

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