Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You get what you pay for

Glenmorangie Finealta just came in and I am not impressed. It could be that I still had Springbank on my tongue. It is not bad, but simply does not have the complexity I was looking for. One reviewer writes: "Based on an old Glenmorangie recipe dating back to the turn of the 20th century, the Finealta is a ressurrection of a lightly-peated malt that was originally sold to the Savoy Hotel in London back in 1903. While the smoke lingers gently in the background, there's no doubt that this is classic Glenmorangie - light textures, soft fruits, elegant flavors held completely in check, always with the peat acting as its spine. This is a limited edition release and will not be around permanently." For only $75 bucks, I guess you get what you pay for. That said, the Springbank below is $20 more and a much better whisky.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Springbank brings back the legendary BourbonWood

Springbank K&L Exclusive 13 Year Single Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt. Really reminds me of the legendary Bourbon Wood. K&L say they wanted "something that exemplified the true character of Springbank - that unmistakable dense mouthfeel, brimming with chewy, gum-smacking texture and viscosity. Springbank whisky from a straight bourbon cask is one of the true pleasures in life. While the heavily sherried versions of the malt are wonderful in their own way, the sweetness from the sherry tends to mask some of qualities we love so much. We tasted this 13 year straight out of the barrel and loved the rich tannins provided from the wood, the intense vanilla aromas, and the nutty flavors that intermingled with salty accents.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

4 new Springbanks

Wow - opened up 2 of the new Springbanks that arrived. The Old Fino cask is amazing. Great review below:
Here’s a round of single cask Springers matured completely (not finished) in various wine casks for the U.S. market. All four are solid efforts—it’s really a matter of personal preference. (Try to taste them before you buy.) A general comment: most of the single cask releases are matured in some sort of wine or rum cask. While this is nice, I would love to see several single cask, cask strength, and fully-matured ex-bourbon barrel bottlings offered for a change. — by John Hansell

Springbank, 14 year old, Fino Cask (#265), 55.3%,
The freshest of the bunch, chock full of Springbank character. Light and lively. Floral, with plenty of fruit (green grapes, kiwi, apple tart) on a bed of honeyed malt. Nuttiness and brine emerge towards the finish and linger.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88

Springbank, 14 year old, Amontillado Cask (#305), 55.4%
Citrus, exotic wood and botanicals on the nose and palate. Indeed, there’s a bit of intrigue here. Nice balance, with roasted nuts, pecan pie, and more exotic wood on the finish.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 87

Springbank, 14 year old, Manzanilla Cask (#259), 54.8%
Complex citrus (orange, tangerine, lime, and a hint of lemon), honeyed malt kissed by maple syrup, caramelized pineapple, cinnamon, and a dusting of nutmeg. Nutty toffee on the finish.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86

Springbank, 14 year old, Oloroso Cask (#268), 56.2%
What you might expect a traditional 100% Oloroso sherry cask-aged Springbank to taste like, with probably the most familiar flavor profile of the four: rich, with nuts and dried fruit, chocolate-coated brittle toffee, plenty of spice (cinnamon, ginger), polished oak, hint of tobacco and smoke.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86