Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins (2012)
Time to finally review the Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins, which was released back in 2012. An interesting name right? Well, the name comes from the types of casks that were used for this vatting. Very small casks, as a rundlet is around 60 liters, while a kilderkin is not much larger at 80 liters. This of course means more interaction with the wood. Bigger and bolder flavours, but sometimes too much oak, if you’re not careful. Let’s see what we have here.
Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins (49,4%, OB, 9000 bts.)
Nose: Plenty of dark spices, nutmeg mainly, but some cloves as well. Dates, polished leather, honey and plenty of vanilla too. But is has a certain coastal quality too, with a whiff of smoke.
Taste: Oily mouthfeel (which is always a plus). And the smoke is a lot more present now. A bit of peat too. Sweet and spicy pretty much sums it up. Honey, chocolate and brown sugar with black pepper and cloves.
Finish: Medium in length, sweet sherry, burned caramel and medium smokiness.
Excellent whisky and not at all too oak-y, which is something to be careful about when you use these smaller casks. A whisky that used to be pretty affordable too. But right now it’ll cost you at least 150 euro on the secondary market. In shops much more expensive.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.