Springbank 1997 Vintage (OB)

Son of Springbank

A classic vintage whisky by the Campbeltown distillers of Springbank,  that is what's on tonight's menu!

springbank 19972Description:
a 10yo, 1997 vintage edition from 2008, bottled at cask strength, waxy texture in the glass and fruity at first glance.

Nose: a mixed floral/fruity nose, main notes of barley, gooseberry, citrus, lavender and shoe polish, with a touch of mint.
(with water added: a more mineral bouquet, where the berries' savour becomes more prominent, but the most noticeable addition is the aura of wood stain and peat).

Mouth: a oily, dry and nutty, with peat smoke, roasted chestnuts, leather, pinch of sea salt on the palate with a touch of chocolate crumbles.
(with water added: a more traditional farmy palate, like we’ve learned to expect from Springbank).

Finish: long and drying with notes from worn out oak and a touch of orange.


The Verdict: a satisfying, clean dram by Springbank. The nutty character reminds of a Hazelburn, but the lightly peated and farm profile makes this a true son of Springbank. Clear winner, well within the contours of the traditional Springbank.
Score: 87

Nose: 22

Taste: 21
Finish: 22 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house