Springbank has the most interesting membership society. It costs £50 to join, and you get a lifetime membership entitling you to buy the Springbank Society bottles, among other discounts and freebies. The society bottles are very reasonably priced (this bottle was £45, think about that in today’s market), and you can have them shipped for collection at Cadenhead’s shops around Europe, including the new shop added now in Vienna.
Like everything else in the limited world of single casks or small batch releases, these bottles fetch a much higher price on the secondary market, which is an issue I shall not delve into. I will say that limiting purchases to one per member is a step in the right direction.
Springbank Society Bottling – 2007 Springbank Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads, Distilled 11.2007, Bottled May 2017, 1128 Bottles (57.1% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Amber, extremely slow legs from from the necklace.
Nose: Honey and pepper on dirty wet peat. A dry floral sweetness, with hay and sweet white wine. Green banana and red apples, with starfruit and a hint of bitter citrus. It’s farmy, and classically Campbeltown, with a hint of that signature car garage.
Palate: Thick and viscous, sweet peat, fruity with champagne, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with an intense sweetness. The pepper is present and intense, but is mitigated with a serious sweetness and a slight bitterness playing off the peat.
Linger: Peppery on the tongue and a spicy peat around the gullet. It’s dry on the inside of the cheeks and stays with you for quite a long time.
This is an intense dram, with a lot of spice and sweetness. The spiciness and sweetness have a go at each other over the backdrop of the gorgeous dirty peat, and it’s a beautiful game.