Springbank 2000 19 Years (Wu Dram Clan)
There you go, it feels like it’s been a little while since I’ve reviewed something from Springbank. Even though the last one wasn’t that long ago, it just goes to show that you shouldn’t live life without indulging in Springbank for too long.
Up on the reviewing board is a 19-year-old from a refill sherry cask, bottled by The Whisky Kingdom for the Wu Dram Clan, a German whisky society that also brought us an intensely sherried Highland Park last year.
Springbank 2000 19 Years (50.8%, Wu Dram Clan, C#669)
Nose: Initially very farmy and grainy with a mild minerality, accompanied by subtle notes of grapefruit and papaya, followed by a tinge of ash and tobacco leaves. It ends on an indistinct floral note. Mostly very classic Springbank though.
Taste: The peat is a bit more pronounced and accompanied by some chili heat, but there’s also a lovely chalkiness, farminess and a touch of salinity. Somewhat dry and herbacious too. Hints of toasted oak and menthol, and finally a touch of mango as well. The mouthfeel is a tad oily, but not overly so.
Finish: Lingering spices, sweet barley and apple.
Must be like a third-fill sherry hogshead, because I had trouble picking the sherry influence out. But, overall just a top Springbank, nicely picked by the Wu Dram Clan guys. Although, let’s be honest, it’s not that difficult to choose a quality Springbank 😉
Sample provided by Wu Dram Clan
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.