I’ve Been a big jazz fan long before i even started liking whisky, and I’ve kept the passion for good Jazz. I was really delighted to discover a lovely book by Hans Offringa that makes the link between Whisky & Jazz, two of my passions. As it happens this dram was bottled for the release of this book. this 14 year old whisky was aged in a cream sherry casks, and was bottled at Cask Strength (56%). Very interesting to give a sherried SB a chance, eh?
Nose: At first whiff, quite a lot of gunpowder , then after letting it rest in the glass for a few minutes, the sherry notes do come up, with some dried fruit (apricot,sultana) engulfed in some sort of wee brine and sea weed notes. Palate: Sweet entry, with the dried fruit, earthy notes, and some apricot marmalade, then it gets peppery and spicy, with chilly, ginger. Finish: medium length with some marmalade lingering, oak, drying.
This is a very nice Springbank, one of the better ones I’ve had recently. Lovely sherry effects, and good strength. I seen to like it better than the OBs I’ve had recently. Quite nice. a good surprise.