Available from time to time in auctions, this sounded amazing – thanks Sjoerd for the sample of this Springbank sherry bomb!
Springbank 1996, Cask #263, 54.9% A⊕
610 bottles. This was distilled in 1996 then specially bottled in 2009 for Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft, Bremen (Hanseatic Wine Trading Company apparently, thanks Klaus!).
Nose – Deep, rich wax and ripe black cherries. Dusty oak and really dark sherry, crayons and school hallways. Deeply feminine – roses, lip gloss and very sweet. With water, becomes more simply feminine, adds more school floor polish but loses none of it’s allure. A serious, expansive and balanced nose.
Body – Sweet, dusty wine and sherry, quite spicy and slightly vegetal, retronasally tropical. With water, toast and sherry and hotter sulphur.
Finish – Long, oily (of course), ripe and fecund with engine oil, mango, orange, cough sweets and more crayon.
What’s not good about it – Rather obviously sherried on the delivery, which descends a little into bitterness with water.
What’s good about it – Seriously impressive nose, balanced and enticing delivery, good sulphur balance. Tropical burps. A glorious whisky.