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06 Dec 2011

Springbank 1998 (Duncan Taylor NC2)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Springbank

NC2 is an uncoloured and unchill-filtered series by Duncan Taylor, usually for younger / affordable whiskies bottled at 46%. Today we’re trying a new Springbank 1998. As far as I know, it was matured in a sherry cask.


Springbank 1998 DT NC2Springbank 13 yo 1998
(46%, Duncan Taylor NC2 2011)

Nose: settles nicely on sweet, almost marmalade aromas (peach jam, oranges, plums, even strawberries) while also displaying a maritime character of salty seawater. Some apple and ginger. Hints of yeast. Simple but nice enough. Mouth: curiously fruity. It’s a kind of a fruit compote but I have difficulty describing it. Orange syrup. Yellow raisins. Rhubarb jam? Overripe tangerine or figs? Melon sweets? Molasses? Many question marks but it’s actually quite enjoyable. Reminds me of certain Sauternes / Moscatel finishes. Again a salty / bitter twist and hints of sticky sweet toffee. Finish: not too long, with the sweet fruits having the last word. Hints of ginger again with a faint bitterness.

Much sweeter and rounder than most recent official Springbanks. A sweet wine finish that’s in fact not a wine finish? Worth trying. Around € 60. Available from Whisky-Doris among others.

Score: 82/100

Springbank 1998 (Duncan Taylor NC2) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-06
  • Bastian

    The link to Whisky-Doris points to the wrong bottle.

  • Ruben

    Thanks, now updated.

  • 77muggle

    Ruben, I think your review of this and of Springbank in general are way off the mark!

  • Ruben

    Remember that I’m only giving you my personal opinion, there’s no guarantee you will agree on everything. I’m not the biggest Springbank fan anyway. What are your thoughts on this one?

    Update: Whiskyfun notes are quite similar…

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