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Springbank 2006 / 11 Year Old / Local Barley

Malty, sweet and salty

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

2nd Aug 2017

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This, launched in 2017, is the second of five annual "local barley" releases announced by Springbank in 2016. It comes after the first release, a 16-year old, that was brought to market in 2016. This second release was made with Bere barley from the Aros farm in Campbeltown and was entirely aged in ex-bourbon casks.

The nose starts on a very malty note, then develops notes of oranges and lemons, together with a touch of banana and followed by honey. There is also a distinctly salty note to this nose that, overall, I find to be surprisingly sweet and fruity. Lovely!

The palate is medium-bodied and spicy. The lemon flavours are back and share centre stage with notes of vanilla and liquorice. There is also a bit of mint and more of the saltiness that I had detected on the nose. An interesting panoply of flavours and very well balanced.

The finish is of medium length and spicy at first, then becomes sweet with orange flavours before turning minty and grassy. A hint of nuts rounds this one off.

I must admit that I do not have a lot of experience with Springbank, one of the distilleries that I urgently need to catch up on. Thus I was not sure what to expect with this bottling, and the fact that I had missed last year's 16-year old release did not help either. But this worked for me. I am fond of "malty" whiskies that combine sweet and salty flavours, just like this one, and in addition this was excellently balanced. From what I have heard this is not your typical Springbank. Be that as it may, I would get another bottle anytime.

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4 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I think I would take a chance on any Springbank I encountered solely based on the fact that it is Springbank and they can do no wrong in my experience. Nice review thanks.

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@Victor
Victor commented

@Pierre_W, thank you for your review. I am looking forward to more Springbank reviews from you. Like you I haven't consumed a lot of Springbank. What I have consumed has been mostly samples from others and bar samples. The latter put me off of Springbank early for quite a awhile, because some of them were "meh" at best. But one can't really trust bar samples, and the samples I have had from others have always been good or better than good.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

I must echo @BlueNote here: Springbank always delivers.

@Pierre_W, please don't feel you like watched the sequal before seeing the original! :) By all accounts, the earlier 16 and the current 11 are pretty different from each other. I read one H2H comparison that described the 16 as rather rum-like.

I have one of these 11s in the stash that I'm planning to open for "Springbank Spring Break" in April. This review really has me looking forward to it. I need that saltiness! Maybe the buried lede with this release is its total maturation in ex-bourbon barrels. Springbank uses sherry for so many of their whiskies that it's really fun & refreshing to get a 100% bourbon release from them.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Many thanks for your comments, @BlueNote, @Victor and @MadSingleMalt. I somehow missed to get onto the Springbank train when I started to drink single malt whisky 6 years ago. Now what comes to market is usually very pricey, although I have to say that the quality at least is top notch in 90% of all cases. Thanks again, and I will keep trying and tasting. Cheers!

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