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Springbank 14 Year Fino Cask Strength

Springbank 14 Fino Revisited

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RReview by @Rigmorole

11th May 2014

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Here is my recent video review:

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I reviewed this bottle about three months ago and it has improved dramatically in the past month since I took it to a party and it got down to about two-thirds empty.

If I had known how better it would get, I would have poured half into an empty bottle and let both oxygenate for a while and then poured it back into the Springbank bottle again.

Nose: Rich cream, honey, Granny Smith apple, pie crust, toasted barley malt, butter scotch.

Mouth: Honey comb, toffee, strawberries, quince, smoke, cashew, graham crackers, brine, white chocolate, oat bran.

Finish: Nice and long. Pie crust again, baked peaches, Tibetan pink salt, brine, rhubarb, turbanado sugar.

One the death: brown sugar, cream, café au lait, Werthers butterscotch hard candy.

Adding water is ill-advised in the case of this fino. It can bring out a slight sulfuric tinge and the whisky waters down terribly fast for some reason, given its relatively admirable ABV. A vibrant, many-faceted creature. Mercurial and dynamic. It really changes depending upon what you have already eaten in the past thirty minutes, as well as how long it's been in the glass.

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7 comments

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

Buddy, absolutely loving The Whisky Kirk -- such an easy pleasant read and written with such honesty. Love it! Keep em coming!!

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

I wish more producers would mention more often in what kind of Sherry or Port cask it was matured or finished. They all taste sooo different, fe: Oloroso being bone dry with walnuts, Manzanilla a little salty and ruby Port as sweet as red fruit candy. Sadly my guess is that this wont be a trend considering the World War of casks.

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Yes I fear your suspicion will prove correct. Shout out to holland keepin it real

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Shout out to UAE. Great reviews on your site, Activist!

5 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

I dunno, @PeatyZealot . It seems like an easy & valuable piece of info to showcase. Especially if they're hiding the age and want something they can promote about its maturation.

Tomatin's been doing some 12- or 14-year-olds that feature the sherry cask type prominently in the branding. (I happen to be holding one of their Fino malts and I plan to open it whenever I crack my Springbank 14 Fino, the very one reviewed here by @Rigmorole .)

2 years ago 0

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