I think we can we can all agree that Springbank 21 Year Old is a grand whisky. An instant classic, so to speak. However, there are quite a few 21 years old single casks out there and this is one of those, bottled in 2016. It’s a young sherry cask for Symposion House of Taste, a whisky club in Malmö, Sweden.
Waxy nose! Stonefruit, a truckload of hay, toffee, overripe banana, sand and pebbles. Not necessarily in that order, but that is the nose of this malt in a nutshell. Actually it’s the best of two worlds: the typical, wonderful spirit of Springbank decorated with some dark and sweet notes of the oloroso cask. This smells absolutely delicious. This entertains me for at least fifteen minutes before I have the urge to take my first sip.
It’s quite oily on the palate. All kinds of yellow fruit: apricots, mango, peach, banana – what a feast! But a salty note and some quasi-sour peat smoke kicks in. Good strength, by the way. A fresh note of mint. Some camphor and ginger. Nice balance.
I get a surprisingly large amount of garden herbs and salt in the long finish, while the fruit recedes quickly and asks more attention for the smoke.
Take your time for this one. It’s Utsökt (for those who lack Google translate: that Swedish for ‘delicious’) and then some.