Springbank 18 year Campbeltown Single Malt 750ml

SKU #1055930 Whisky Advocate

 A good dose of sherry here, but there’s plenty of Springbank character coming through too! Gobs of ripe, red berried fruit (strawberry, rhubarb, red currant, raspberry), especially on the nose, along with raisin. It’s all on a bed of blueberry pancakes, toffee, and fig cake. Coconut and brine emerge occasionally on the palate and linger on the finish. (Vol. 19, #3)

K&L Notes

Extremely limited quantities available! This is one of Campbeltown's best values, especially when you consider that the 21 year retails for upwards of $600. This is one of Scotland's most exciting distilleries and is independently owned. It is essentially mandatory to purchase for all of those Single Malt obsessed, if no other reason than to gloat about actually owning one. Plus it tastes great - classic Campbeltown rusticity balanced by 80% sherry casking. Amazingly, the revamped packaging has not increased the cost and we'll be able to sell this for less than ever before. Get on board or you'll miss the boat! "Dusty amber/maize/old gold color; flawless purity. The piquant first aromas are peppery and spicy, as well as spirity/prickly; after another six minutes of swirling and exposure to air, the bouquet turns sawdust/pine plank-like and mildly grainy; one of the less expensive Springbank noses of late. Entry is moderately salty/seaweed-like, chewy, oily, buttery, and resiny; midpalate features some smoke elements, plus a dried fruit aspect in the throat. Ends on a salty/maritime note that's very pleasing indeed and just slightly honeyed/oloroso sherry-like. While very good, it's not as prodigious or classic as the previous version which I named in the Spirit Journal 130 Top Spirits in the World in the last issue." Spirit Journal September 2010: 4 stars/Highly Recommended

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By: Sir John Howell | Review Date: 7/13/2013
I was lucky enough to be able to taste the premier release of the Springbank 18 year old (Navy blue label with a Large "S" at the center) at the Whiskyfest in 2009. It was wonderfully complex with soft sherry, honeyed sea salt, rich grain and ginger bread with a beautifully long finish. I was able to secure one of the 1st release. But it soon disappeared. I then suddenly found the second release and quickly purchased two of them only to find the 2nd release was nowhere near the quality of the first release. It is still fairly good but the 15 year old is superior to it.

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