Springbank 14 Year Old Bourbon Wood
It has been a quite a while since I last reviewed for Tom, no real reason other than work, tasting whisky without dissecting the flavours or taking notes, just enjoying whisky the way I fell in love with whisky and probably to annoy Tom, some laziness. I have also bought and enjoyed most of the go to standard blended whisky which are available and I always enjoy though not everyone’s choice of whisky and I also revisited some of the classic standard malt whisky which you can forget are great to.
So what has made me review again? Well probably due to having a great time helping at Glasgow’s Whisky Festival in November meeting old friends and enjoying on my breaks some wonderful drams and to finally opening my Springbank 14 year old Bourbon Wood which had been sitting on a self since September has made me think again due to the interesting make up of this whisky. To me Springbank Distillery and Campbeltown was where I really began a proper whisky discovery starting with the fantastic introduction to the 8 year old Hazelburn and once my palate had developed into the more complex Springbank then I was on a great road of interesting and enjoyable times.
When I opened the 14, I went back to thinking of Campbeltown with an exciting nose and friendly warmth but with an added sweetness. I would advise if you have a drop of this to let it sit out for a bit and let it have some air as it definitely (for my taste) enjoys breathing in some fresh air.
Sweet Creamy, Fruity and fresh polished wood with hints of Heather
Pre Water: Warmth, fruity and hints of tropical fruits but delicate. Heat continues and sweetness builds up. Add water and the vanilla flavours come out matched with hints of honey , nuts and a lemon zing, and small hints of Tizer all with an underlying heat.
Long finish, with hints of smoke and slight brininess with hints of Springbank Funk (thanks Roddy). So slightly different from most Springbank’s but certainly an interesting and enjoyable whisky.
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