Last week I reviewed the Clynelish 21 Years ‘Art of Whisky’ and Glenrothes 27 Years ‘Art of Whisky’ and said there would be a seventh undisclosed bottling in this series. This was revealed at The Whisky Show in London: a Springbank 24 Year Old.
Update: they’re now available from TWE.
Springbank 24 yo
(51,7%, Elixir Distillers 2017, 160 btl.)
Nose: a bit special, not a wham-bam Springbank. Quite waxy and greasy (aromatic candles, wax paper) with some lemon oil, leather and sour dough. Autumn leaves, classy hints of verveine. Rhubarb and crisp Granny Smith. Wet chalk and gingerbread underneath. After a while even a hint of cocoa. Rather delicate but excellent.
Mouth: earthy but with the same (restrained) hints of sherbety fruits. Apples, pink grapefruit, lime and even a hint of passion fruits. All wrapped in an oily, waxy film. Kumquats with light gingery touches. Liquorice. Mineral notes and a whiff of grassy tobacco smoke.
Finish: long, bright, waxy and zesty with floral notes and earthy spices.
Excellent stuff, the typical Springbank orchestra is there but the arrangement is quite unique. Recommended. I’m not sure how many bottles remain after the Whisky Show, but I was told they would come online today (together with the other Art of Whisky bottlings). Around € 250.