Springbank 20 Years for Dutch Springbank Lovers

I’m not sure whether Dutch Springbank Lovers is an actual organisation but this Springbank 20 Year Old single cask was specially selected for them. Obviously from a fresh sherry cask.



Springbank 20 Years - Dutch Springbank LoversSpringbank 20 yo 1995 (54,2%, OB 2016, fresh sherry cask, 192 btl.)

Nose: rich, potent dry sherry, almost Karuizawa style. Roasted chestnuts. Rum raisins, prunes and preserved cherries, a bit of burnt cake and some of the Springbank coal smoke. Tobacco. Mocha. Toffee and cinnamon pastry. It’s got a faint dusty side, with a little plastic, but that’s fine here.

Mouth: punchy and peppery, with lots of herbal sherry again, as well as some oranges and raspberries. Nice mix of dry and juicy notes. Leather but also nice fruity notes. A little liquorice and cocoa.

Finish: very long, on tobacco, aromatic herbs, dark chocolate and lots of earthy notes.

A rather great sherry bomb, it has got a big, dark sherry side but still preserves some of the distillery character. Nice selection. I believe it was originally around € 250, but the shops that still have stock ask up to double this amount, sad.

Score: 91/100