Springbank is a distillery I have not spoken much about on my blog. It is located in Campbeltown and is the only distillery that produces three different single malts, Springbank, Hazelburn and Longrow. If that isn’t hard enough, they also malt 100% of their barley using the traditional floor malting method.
But let me be honest, my first experience with Springbank was with their 15-year expression and sadly I was not a fan. That is not the case with this 10-year expression. This whisky, I thoroughly enjoyed.
Nose: fruit, vanilla, caramel and hints of peat
Palate: oak, spices, vanilla, nutmeg and salt
Finish: lingering notes of salt with a smooth ending
This is a solid whisky that is complex, smooth and tasty. The combination of the bourbon and sherry casks brings out a slight sweetness to a dram. That sweetness is perfectly pairs well with the peat and salt. At no point are you getting more sweet than salty and vice versa, which to me creates the perfect balance and harmony.
Personally I think this 10-year is far better than the 15-year and I wish I had tasted it sooner. It’s a 10-year that tastes older than a 10-year. I would definitely recommend trying this one, so much so that it’s definitely ending up on the gift guide I put out for the holidays. Hopefully we will have time to pay them a visit while we are in Islay this fall.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.