Yet another sample sent to me by @wierdo (3/6). I have to say that out of the six mouth-watering mini-bottles I received this was definitely the one I was looking forward to opening the most (mmm . . . well, maybe a toss-up between this and the Ledaig 13 ;)
This review is with a couple of drops of water to about a 25ml pour.
Nose - A lemon and pineapple infused malty base with a lot of overripe fruits – a bit like a tropical fruit stall at the end of a hot day. Salty with a little waft of peat. Gingery with some spice and toffee emerging.
Taste - Full and lots going on, with more spice, liquorice, tropical fruits again and that pleasing oily texture one finds with Springbanks. Not as much ‘funk’ as I’d been expecting to be honest.
Finish – Salty, more sour than overripe fruits and some soft caramel. Some tannins present also but very soft and measured. Long
A very nice whisky that is balanced, complex and quirky in true Sprinbank style. But, truth be told, this hasn’t wowed me like I thought it would. I think the 10 and 15 have some sherry in the mix and this, according to Master of Malt anyway, is solely bourbon matured. Perhaps it lacks something that the sherry brings to the table as I feel that, while this is unquestionably high quality whisky, it seems to lack something that I’ve found in other Springbanks. Still very good though.
@Hewie - Cheers, mate! I've only had the 10 and 15 (with a 12 CS lurking . . .) but I distinctly remember a lot of that 'funk', especially in the 15, which was also the saltiest whisky I think I've ever had. I'd probably have to agree with @wierdo's assessment that one would be better off with a 10/15 and the 12CS for about the same money as this (or less).
Another fantastic review. As I read I can imagine those overripe tropical fruits - very evocative. Interesting you mention the lack of funk - I'm surprised just how much my bottle of 10 YO has. Maybe like peat it diminishes with longer maturation? I was intrigued you mention it being aged solely in ex-bourbon. I tried to have a look around and found mixed reports from bourbon only (MOM) to 60% sherry + 40% bourbon so who knows. I'd love to try more of the Springbank range sometime. Thanks