Springbank 10 Years Old Local Barley 57.3% 2007

€ 702,48 (ex Vat)
850,00 (in Vat)
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Distillery Springbank
Bottler OB
Serie Local Barley
Bottled for NV
Distilled date 06.2007
Bottling date 11.2017
Country Scotland
Region Campbeltown
Age 10
Cask Type 70% Bourbon, 30% Sherry Casks
Cask Number Bottle code 17/521
Alcohol percentage 57.3
Volume 0,70
Condition In Original Box
Label Perfect
Stock

Professional reviews

BOW (90)

Serge Valentin (90)

Indeed I’m late once again. One third sherry, two thirds bourbon, and of course Campbeltown barley. I thought the 11 yo was very good (WF 88).

Colour: straw.

Nose: not massive, and even a little lighter and more floral than regular Springbanks, but otherwise everything’s well in place, the chalk, the beach sand, the beeswax, the embrocations, the citrus, the hints of new natural leather (leather shop in Turkey)… With water: aspirin tablets in water with lemon juice and drops of honey and vanilla essence. Cures you.

Mouth (neat): simply extremely good, as expected. Big mineral lemons, a feeling of garage tools, chalk and plaster, oysters, salted porridge, more lemon, even more lemon, thin mints… It’s bigger on the palate! With water: extremely good, purer, but with more smoke, and an overall profile that’s rather more medicinal. The lemon is perfect.

Finish: long, pretty blade-y.

Comments: an extremely pure expression of Springbank, rather less ‘dirty’ than others, and certainly more medicinal/lemony. Less tarry than the 11, as far as I can remember that one. I just do not seem to manage to resist this style. Lots of love.

OTHER (91)

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Sniff:

On the nose there’s a mountain of barley, but it’s rather quiet at first. It takes a bit of time to get going. Somehow, there’s a promise of a big and oily whisky. Some vanilla crumble, and strangely (never had this before) some thistle oil. Thistles, rushes, and other plants you don’t want in your field. Stale bread, toast, and the tiniest whiff of smoke.

Sip:
Very warming and dry, with a very oily mouthfeel. It feels a bit like a mix of thistle oil and a more machine oil flavor. Barley and other ‘wild flowers’. I can imagine flavors like this coming from a kintyre field. As said, oily, big, dry. A touch of vanilla and smoke, with some peppery heat as well.

Swallow:
The finish gets a bit more bright, but it never leaves the oiliness behind. The barley is a bit lighter, as is the sudden hint of dried apple. The warmth of the alcohol lingers, but it doesn’t stay sharp, which it was a bit on the palate. Dry, with hints of oak and white pepper.

In short, this is a cracker. More in line with the 16 year old than with last year’s 11 year old. That might be because last year’s whisky used bere barley instead of more modern varieties. It’s a very big whisky, and due to it being only ten years old there’s not a lot of oak taking up space of the spirit. Big and oily, as you’d expect if you’ve seen the distillery.

I really suggest trying to get one if you’ve not already done so. It’s not cheap for a ten year old whisky, but you’d be supporting a bit of provenance, a kick-ass distillery and proper craft when making whisky.

Springbank - 10 Years Old Local Barley 57.3% 2007

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