I don’t know too much about this Springbank. As per my source it was bottled (officially, I believe) for a whisky club in Sweden. It’s from a bourbon cask, which is not as unusual these days from Springbank as it once was. (See here for a review of another official special bottling of a bourbon cask.)
Springbank 11, 2000 (53.2%; bourbon hogshead #108 for Whiskyklubben Promillenium, Sweden; from a sample received in a swap)
Nose: Vanilla and gentle, minerally peat. Some peppery olive oil too and a touch of brine. Gets a touch smokier with time, maybe. With water it gets sweeter and there’s more brine; something almondy too.
Palate: Very much as on the nose. Sweet, minerally peat and some vanilla. With time it really gets quite sweet. There doesn’t really seem to be anything else. Let’s see if water brings anything else out: hmmm, not much really; a tiny bit of acrid smoke.
Finish: Long’ish. Nothing new here either, with water or without.
Comments: This is remarkably consistent from nose to palate to finish. It’s also somewhat narrow in its profile. Luckily, it’s a profile I like a lot and one that is somewhat unusual in the current malt era (it’s quite reminiscent of the 1977 Ardmore I reviewed some time ago). If this is not your thing you might find it somewhat dull.
Thanks to bpbleus for the sample!
Rating: 86 points.