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Springbank 2002/2017 / 14 Year Old / Bourbon Wood

Loads of vanilla deliciousness

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

18th Dec 2017

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This Springbank was distilled in November 2002, matured in a mix of first-fill and refill ex-bourbon barrels, and bottled in August 2017. The total outturn was 9,000 bottles.

The nose is rich and lush and starts with loads and loads of vanilla flavours, wow! Then notes of caramel slowly develop, followed by apricots and a hint of honey.

The palate is medium-bodied, creamy and spicy. The vanilla flavours are back, accompanied by notes of lemon zest, banana and liquorice.

The finish is long and warming. There is more vanilla, followed by a salty note and a whiff of smoke.

If you like whiskies matured in ex-bourbon casks, this must be your thing: This is a lush and extremely easy-to-drink Springbank, fruity to the point of being very sweet but not without a spicy note. Certainly not your typical Springbank but then this is the 'Bourbon Wood' edition, right?!

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4 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Pierre_W Thanks for the comprehensive review. I just ordered this one yesterday. It sounds very good, well, it's Springbank after all. I just hope it is not too sweet.

Cheers.

about one year ago 0

@KRB80
KRB80 commented

Thanks for the review! I've been trying to get my grubby hands on this but there wasn't any allocated around where I live.

about one year ago 0

@KRB80
KRB80 commented

This actually just hit around my area. Stoked to check it out.

@BlueNote Have you tried yours yet?

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@KRB80 Just got it last week. I might try it as soon as Drynuary is over. A friend tells me his first impression was not too positive but after he aired it out for a while it started to come around. I think all Springbanks tend to be pretty non-conformist and it sounds like this one is no exception and might require the benefit of the doubt and a certain amount of perseverance to get the usual Springbank reward.

Cheers

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