Springbank 18 Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
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)
A delightful romp, this starts with a very fruity, almost Cognac-like nose of apple and pear, then gets very candied on the palate, with honey and fruit flavors, developing spicy notes of cinnamon and anise. Settles into a toasty cinnamon graham cracker note at the end. Bourbon and Sherry casks.
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 a mandatory 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! Highly Recommended and 4 stars from Spirit Journal: "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." (09/2010)