Tasting: Springbank 1996 17y Single Cask for Potstill Vienna

Springbank 17 1996 - 2014 Potstill Edition

Springbank 17 1996 - 2014 Potstill EditionDram data:
Distillery: Springbank
Bottler: Original Bottling / Potstill Edition “Brianna’s Choice”
Distilled: 10.1996
Bottled: 07.2014
Age: 17
Limitation: 149 bottles
Casks: Refill Sherry Cask
Alcohol: 56%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
red gold
The nose immediately reminds me of the 2015 Springbank 17 sherry wood I just tasted yesterday. It’s not the same, but the common denominator is the quite noticeable and similar wood influence on top of the signature Springbank saltiness. The wood influence, even though it is a refill cask, is dominating, making it hard to pick out the Springbank peat smoke. Continue reading “Tasting: Springbank 1996 17y Single Cask for Potstill Vienna”

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Tasting: Springbank 17 Sherry Wood

Springbank 17 Sherry Wood

Springbank 17 Sherry WoodDram data:
Distillery: Springbank
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: 04.1997
Bottled: 01.2015
Age: 17
Limitation: 9120 bottles
Casks: Sherry wood (first fill butts, refill butts, hogsheads)
Alcohol: 52.3%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
gold
The nose starts off with light and fragrant Springbank peat smoke, the signature salt note on a layer of noticeable cask spices with aromatic dark fruits in the background. Think of a puree of figs, dates, sweet dried apricots and plums.
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Tasting: Springbank Wood Expression Gaja Barolo 9y

springbank_gaja_barolo_9Dram data:
Distillery: Springbank
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: February 2004
Bottled: October 2013
Age: 9 years
Limitation: 11.000
Price at the time of purchasing: 69€
Casks: 4 years refill bourbon, 5 years fresh Gaja Barolo casks
Alcohol: 54.7%
Unchillfiltered, no added colouring
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
dark, golden honey. The nose is noticeably different from the usual ex-bourbon or ex-sherry matured whiskies – the Gaja Barolo casks have done a good job at hiding most of the flavours from the initial ex-bourbon maturation and imparting their own style. Continue reading “Tasting: Springbank Wood Expression Gaja Barolo 9y”

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Tasting: Hazelburn 2002-2014 12y by Cadenhead’s

Hazelburn 12 Cadenhead'sDram data:
Distillery: Springbank (special unpeated triple distillation)
Bottler: Cadenhead’s
Distilled: 2002
Bottled: July 2014
Age: 12
Limitation: 294 bottles
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
Alcohol: 54,1%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
Red Gold
The nose exhibits the same base character like the official 12-year-old Hazelburn I just tasted prior to this, but with a lot more cask influence. A light and fragrant base with notes of citrus, orange juice, orange oil, grapefruit, pepper, ginger and a dash of brine. Continue reading “Tasting: Hazelburn 2002-2014 12y by Cadenhead’s”

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Tasting: Hazelburn 12y

Hazelburn 12 Original BottlingDram data:
Distillery: Springbank (special unpeated triple distillation)
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: about 2014
Age: 12
Limitation: –
Casks: –
Alcohol: 46%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
Gold
The nose is fresh, citrussy, delicate, just as you would expect from a triple distillation, a very rare production process these days. It is, however, only the distillate being light, you can tell it was matured in quality casks adding a nice layer of depth.
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Tasting: Longrow Peated NAS

longrow_peated_nasDram data:
Distillery: Springbank (Longrow brand)
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: 2013 (bottle code 13/89)
Age: NAS
Limitation: –
Price at the time of purchasing: 38€
Cask: –
Alcohol: 46%
Unchillfiltered & natural color
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Tasting notes:

Colour: pale gold. On the nose there is an initial intense smoky note, but it is a bit more refined and not as phenolic as the offerings from nearby Islay, very distinctive. Continue reading “Tasting: Longrow Peated NAS”

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