Whisky Review #110: Springbank 2000 15 Years Old Single Cask (Premium Scotch Importers 10th Anniversary Edition)

How can you not love Springbank? Not only are they a family owned and operated distillery, but they produce three distinct styles of whisky ranging from unpeated (Hazelburn), peated (Springbank) to heavily peated (Longrow).

They’re also one of the only distilleries which malts their entire barley requirements on site and the Wright family which owns the distillery (and are direct descendents of the Mitchell family which established the distillery in 1828) also own the world famous independent bottler, Cadenhead.

As we have previously delved into the history of the distillery, we will not revisit it and more information can be found at the following link: Springbank

This week’s review focuses on an expression of Springbank which was distilled in November 2000, matured for 15 years in a single sherry cask and bottled at a natural cask strength of 48.3% abv by the distillery in celebration of Premium Scotch Importers’ (PSI) 10 years of distributing Springbank in Australia.

So, let’s dive right into the review!

Springbank 15 Years Old Single Cask (Premium Scotch Importers)
Springbank 2000 15 Years Old Single Cask (Premium Scotch Importers 10th Anniversary Edition)

Springbank 2000 15 Years Old Single Cask (Bottled by Springbank for Premium Scotch Importers’ 10th Anniversary, 48.3% abv)

Colour: Burgundy

Nose: Initial entry presents a perfumed and jammy note coupled with some alcohol. With time, densely sherried raisins, black pepper, oak, a sprinkling of sea salt and dusky peat emerge and are followed later on by hints of acetone, cinnamon and green leafy hints. (22/25)

Palate: Initial entry presents a slightly sweet and sherried note, with more of the densely sherried raisins being followed by black pepper, acetone, malt and barley sugar. With time, slightly vegetal hints and oak emerge and are complemented by light peat smoke and brine. (23/25)

Finish: Long, lingering and sherried on the finish, with the slightly vegetal hint and oaky undertones being complemented by the sea salt and sweet malt. (22/25)

Balance: An extremely well-balanced dram which is oily for the most part and with just a touch of dryness at the end. Superb stuff! (23/25)

Rating: 90/100

This stellar expression of Springbank was sampled at The Elysian Whisky Bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne in late December last year and while I highly doubt that there’s any left, I would suggest that readers head over to check if they still have it. Who knows, perhaps there’s a dram or two left in the bottle, in which case, drink it asap!

Until the next review, have a wonderful week ahead.

Slainte!

Brendan

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