1996 Springbank 18 Year Old Hunter Laing's "Old & Rare" Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1226157

Part of our newly-acquired Hunter Laing "Old & Rare" series, this single sherry butt of Springbank marks one of the great cask acquisitions in the history of our spirits department, in terms of both the quality of the whisky itself and the rarity of the liquid in general. Years ago we were able to purchase 10-12 year old cask selections directly from the legendary Campbeltown distillery, one of the last family-owned operations in Scotland. However, increased demand and an inability to maintain sufficient stocks quickly ended that program, while limitations and allocations for older whiskies from Springbank were quickly introduced. Needless to say, we searched for an alternative source and found that our friends in Glasgow had one little gem of a sherry butt to offer us. For those looking to understand what exactly makes Springbank the crown jewel of Scotland distilleries, look no further than this expression. Huge, unctuous waves of meaty sherry immediately envelop the palate, adding layers of earth, rancio, toffee, and nougut. The mid-palate is a full-bodied mouthful of pure Oloroso sherry richness and the maltiness from the whisky itself helps to add more volume. The finish is a slow-moving spiral of all these flavors, swirling around your mouth until the finish finally fades away. This is a true legend of a cask. It's worth every penny of the price.

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2015 | Send Email
This 18 year old sherry butt of Springbank is expensive, but it's also the epitome of everything that defines this iconic distillery. It's rich, unctuous, oily, viscous, earthy, fudgy, mouth-coating, and complex in a way that simple Highland whiskies can only dream of being. It's the real deal. A slam dunk, home run, out of the park, half court shot, add your next best sports analogy here.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2015 | Send Email
Perhaps the best single malt I have tasted in a long time. Richness and depth that are quite exquisite. I think this is quite a special whisky.

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Alcohol Content (%): 56.7