Monday, April 15, 2013

Top shelf here

Springbank never ceases to impress. While I am biased towards less sherry/more bourbon, i really find this new version of the Springbank 18yr to be a great dram. Not the most complex, or interesting of whiskies, but really really satisfying. It is a dram i can count on. Moved it to the top shelf next to the few 21's i have left.

Nose: Berry fruits, toasted bananas, caramel, cocoa, peppery, fruity, coastal. Quite oily.
Palate: Big, spicy and gutsy, with notes of pepper, chilli, pine, aniseed, rich fruits, oily.
Finish: Long, salty and chocolatey with hints of fruit.

Orkney or bust

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has put out another winner. This one - # 4.160 is known as "in a gentleman's club." The fun of the SMWS is that they do not tell you explicitly where the whisky is from. They give strong hints, but leave a little for the expert guesswork. (SECRET - this one is from Highland Park)

The official notes are great (over the top, but fun): The nose had polished wood, cigars and leather chairs ‘like a gentleman’s’ club’, lots of cinder toffee, chocolate fingers, pastrami and various fruits (orange jelly, cherries in syrup, plums, figs). The initial palate was somewhat fierce but surprisingly enjoyable – moist ginger cake, Caramac, orange, smoked ham and burnt sticks in birch syrup. The reduced nose had incense, struck match, Trail Mix (dates, raisins, etc.) Horlicks, cinnamon and slightly over-done Christmas cake. The palate now found flambĂ©ed bananas, sweet dark toffee and abundant spice (musk, myrrh, cinnamon) at the end. The distillery is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Magnus Eunson.
Drinking tip: Perfect dram for the ferry to Orkney – otherwise after dinner.
Date Distilled: 17 April 1997 Colour: Dark rum Age: 14 years Cask Type: Refill gorda Whisky Region: Highland Island