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

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