Single malt whisky - tasting notes

23 Aug 2012

Springbank 1991 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Springbank

While you may sharpen your senses when you hear Springbank 21 years old, this is from a single bourbon cask so it’ll probably be different from the official sherried ones.

 

Springbank 1991 Malts of ScotlandSpringbank 21 yo 1991 (51,5%, Malts of Scotland 2012, bourbon hogshead, MoS 12036, 144 btl.)

Nose: a slightly peculiar nose. There’s a nice sweet side to it, showing peach jam, cooked yellow plums, apple compote and golden raisins. But it’s also showing a dusty side, something in between cement powder (I swear), chalk and leather. Some greasy notes. Roasted almonds too. Mouth: clearly more mineral and coastal now. Paraffin, lemon, brine. Goes back to almonds and faint notes of stewed fruits but it’s never quite rounded. Maybe even a hint of peat? Then also a faint bitterness from the oak. Ginger, a little green tea and nutmeg. Finish: long and clean, balancing between oak and fruit compote. Late pepper.

I like my Springbanks sherried and both the old ones and the new version are excellent examples. That being said, this is a very good Springbank and one of the more interesting releases in the recent batch by Malts of Scotland. Around € 110.

Score: 87/100

Springbank 1991 (Malts of Scotland) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-23

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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