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16 Feb 2011

Springbank Jazz Edition

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Springbank

Whisky & Jazz - Hans OffringaThis Springbank 14yo was bottled six months ago for the release of Whisky & Jazz (a book written by Hans Offringa) which links jazz musicians to whiskies. It was matured in a cream sherry cask (usually a low-quality mixture of oloroso and PX sherry) and bottled at cask strength.

Another book ‘Bourbon & blues’ will be released soon and again it comes with a Springbank release, this time a 1998 matured in ex-bourbon wood (of course).

Springbank Jazz EditionSpringbank 14 yo ‘Jazz Edition’
(56%, OB 2010, 600 btl.)

Nose: the first few minutes it’s hard to get over the big matchstick notes, gunpowder and traces of rubber. Nothing dirty in my opinion but worth noting – it’s a bit too prominent maybe. Then some orange peel, dried apricot and heather. Earthy notes. A slight coastalness. Mouth: sweet, hot and a tad sharp at first, very peppery with the dried fruits on a second level. Plenty of spices and herbs with a little salt as well. Something rooty. Bitter oranges. A little resin. Water highlights the savoury notes and makes it a bit flat. Finish: medium length, dry with some ginger, herbs and liquorice.

Not bad but I’m not a fan of this type of Springbank / sherry combination. I’ve read it should recall the famous Springbank sherry style of the 1960’s but I don’t share that view.
Around € 60.

Score: 77/100

Springbank Jazz Edition 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-02-16
  • Johan L

    The book is nice (great pictures!), but I don’t always share the opinion of mr. Offringa’s whisky notes, a bit too basic in my opinion. Nevertheless, there are enough great Springbanks that you can enjoy while reading this lovely book and listening to some great Miles Davis tunes for example.

  • gal

    I want that book. and i am about to receive a samples of this one, so i will let you know how i like it :)
    young SBs are not my fav but who knows?

  • gal

    Having just tasted it Ruben, i must say i am impressed. i was expecting little from this one after i read your notes..

    i seem to actually like it quite a bit. the sherry notes and peppery style is lovely.


  • Ruben

    I’ve noticed we don’t always share the same opinion about sherry bottlings. Remember WK209? 😉

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