springbank 1995 23 years old whiskynerds

Springbank 1995 23 Years Old (WhiskyNerds)

Remember last year’s Springbank that the WhiskyNerds bottled? Oh my, that was probably one of my favourite whiskies of 2017! It sold out before I had my review up, and before I tasted it. Even though its price was quite hefty, I regret not buying a bottle for myself.

Now the WhiskyNerds bring us a new Springbank, matured for 23 years in a fresh sherry hogshead. Like last year, I believe it is already sold out, even though the price was slightly higher. I’m going to taste this reluctantly, all the while hoping I’m not going to regret buying a bottle of this… again. Because I believe it is sold out already.

Springbank 1995 23 Years Old (48%, WhiskyNerds, C#63)

Nose: Very mature and rich, a somewhat dry sherry style. Cherry syrup, raisins, juicy plums and dark notes of tobacco leaves. A hint of mocha and chocolate pralines, with a whisper of menthol, soy and wood smoke. Brilliant, in the vein of those old sherried Speysiders that G&M bottles every so often.
Taste: Furniture polish, leather and hints of menthol. This is just… incredibly awesome. Hints of espresso and cappuccino, with the tiniest whisper of peat, and lovely earthy dunnage flavours. A hint of cocoa powder also.
Finish: Lingering menthol, peat, sherry. A touch of soy. Very long.

Even though this is 23 years old already, I'd describe it as a very mature whisky. Very classy and classic, yet to me not immediately recognizable as Springbank. Incredible stuff that harkens back to the 1960s. A flavour profile you don't often encounter anymore. Yes, I like it even better than last year's release. My whisky of the year so far.

Sample provided by WhiskyNerds

Photo: Whiskybase

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