After the last two months of ‘New World’ whiskies from mere babes of distilleries (comparatively) – we head back to a distillery that is not only one of the oldest Scottish distilleries, but is still owned and run by the original family who built it. Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to feature a Scottish icon this month – the Springbank 15 year old. Aged completely in Oloroso sherry casks, this delicately smokey fruit cake of a whisky is the perfect after dinner whisky now the cooler weather has arrived.
The Springbank 15 year old is only very lightly peated. The smokiness of the peat is very subdued (but still there), giving just enough ‘oomph’ to take the edge off the sweetness of the malt.
The Springbank Distillery employ completely traditional methods in all aspects of the production. They floor malt 100% of their own barley, in their own traditional peat-burning malt house (one of only two distilleries left in Scotland who still do so). They still use the same local water source they always have. They still distil ‘by feel’ – rather than computer control. In fact, the family oversees every stage of their whiskies production from malting the barley, right through to bottling.
Three brands come out of the Springbank Distillery – Springbank is the ‘flagship’ brand accounting for about 80% of the distilleries production. It is lightly peated (12-15ppm) and distilled 2.8 times. Yes, that’s right 2.8 times. Hold on and I’ll explain that one in a bit.
The Springbank 15 year old is a superb whisky from deep in the history of Scottish Single Malt Whisky! Enjoy!
Nose: Initial very brief and subdued flash of aniseed notes gives way to salty plumbs, nuts and is that just a suggestion of savoury salami in the background?
Palate: Fruity and sweet. Honey, coffee and dark chocolate with a beautiful viscous mouthfeel and a slight spicey-ness.
Finish: Sweet, long, fruity and Loooong!. Any peaty-ness is soon gone leaving a smooth warming and very satisfying chew! Did I say LOOOONG!