Springbank 17yo Sherry Wood (2015)
What’s there to say about Springbank? Only that it produces some of the best whisky in Scotland, and does so in the most traditional way. What more can you ask for as a whisky enthusiast? Anyway, last year Springbank released a 17 year old expression matured in ex-sherry casks. Through a swap I obtained a sample. Here are my thoughts.
Springbank 17yo Sherry Wood (52,3%, OB, 9120 bts.)
Nose: Very recognizable as Springbank. Some light peat smoke and lots of minerals. A touch of fresh leather, as well as honey, blood oranges, mandarins and nectarines. Highly enjoyable.
Taste: The palate continues down the same path, although with some spices added to the mix. Cinnamon and black pepper. But also more honey, oranges and mandarins. A subtle peat influence in the background.
Finish: Licorice, oak and peat. Long.
Yes, the sherry influence is there, but it is by no means a sherry bomb. It’s subtle and not so subtle at the same time. Do I make sense? Nah, didn’t think so. Let me just finish by saying this is very good stuff.
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.