Springbank regularly releases rum barrels, in this case for the entire recipe of the new Springbank 15 Year Rum Wood, but sometimes also a few in a larger mix. Does this have to do with the many rums that are bottled by Cadenhead perhaps?
Springbank 15 yo – Rum Wood
(51%, OB 2019, 9000 btl.)
Nose: rum sweetness (hints of banana), yellow apple and aniseed. Coconut flakes. Grassy notes, a hint of sharp and earthy peat as well. Flinty notes and clay. Gentle brine. A slightly rounder, less funky version of the classic Springbank profile.
Mouth: even more of the rummy banana sweetness, with a slightly syrupy texture, but also the salty crispness and very subtle bonfire smoke. Crème brûlée, yellow apples, hints of olive oil and leather. Earthy notes again. A peppery / gingery kick and a slightly green woody note too. Finish:
The rum maturation is nicely balanced here. Maybe I wouldn’t have guessed without knowing but it does highlight some of the typical rum fruits while still letting the classic Springbank markers express themselves. Really good. Sold out in most places, I believe.