I’ve written several times about my sincere appreciation of what Campbeltown distiller Springbank is doing, from the strictly traditional method of production, to the 70 strong workforce to the restoration of another distillery to keep Campbeltown a whisky producing region.
This is the same whisky I tasted bottled two years older in last year’s society bottling, the nine year old Sauternes cask. In 2015 Springbank 309 bottles were bottled of the same casks that were bottled in 2017 as the Society bottling.
This is a great example of the beauty of the Springbank spirit. At seven years old, the dirty Campbeltown peat is just right. This expression highlights the Sauternes wine, with a beautiful measure of bitterness.
Springbank 2007 Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads, 7 Years Old, Distilled 11.2007, Bottled May 2015, 309 Bottles (56.9% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Deep gold with a very yellowish hue, with thin legs and residue on the glass.
Nose: Dirty wet peat, milk chocolate, cafe latte, star fruit, green bananas and whole peppercorns. Citrus rind with some pepperiness wash over the tongue.
Palate: Peat and spice, with a winey dryness and a fruity sweetness. The spice is dominant, with the dirty peat taking second chair, yet still there.
Linger: Dirty peat, diesel fuel, white pepper. A touch of metallic dryness on the palate, together with a light bitterness.
I’m not sure I don’t like this one better than the 9 year old! There’s that extra hit of the peat, with that fresh winey zing.
I had this one with Henrik, Anders and Patrik during my beautiful visit to Finland!