Appearance – Itâ€™s a lovely deep amber in colour, itâ€™s very viscous on the glass, and takes some time before dropping thick syrupy legs.
Nose – First off, it nosed higher than 41.8% ABV, and the first aroma I get is menthol, then a slight foam banana sweet note, followed by peach/nectarine sweetness, some mustiness comes through, then apricots, itâ€™s so well married that itâ€™s not an easy one to pick apart, Iâ€™ll give it some more time. Now we have cereals, linseed oil, there is a stewed dark fruit fusion which I still canâ€™t pull apart but is fantastic and syrupy sweet. The last of the nose offers me hand rolling tobacco, black cherries, dunnage, wood varnish and an earthiness.
Palate – The palate is gently spicy, thereâ€™s ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, cardamom, black liquorice and old leather, followed by high cocoa content bitter dark chocolate, oak, as if Iâ€™d actually licked a piece, thereâ€™s a feint whiff of smoke, the dark fruits are still here but are more in the background, though like the nose black cherries can be picked out quite easily, and thereâ€™s a briefest hint of perfume and the foam banana from the nose, It has a good mouthfeel, and thereâ€™s also a hint of salt right at the back, mixed with linseed oil, they only come out to play right before the finish starts.
Finish – Iâ€™d say the finish is medium in length, again itâ€™s oily in flavour and texture, the spices are lovely and warming, the salinity carries through here to the very end, and an icing sugar sweetness pops itâ€™s head up before it all slowly fades.
My thoughts – Itâ€™s been an absolute pleasure to try a Springbank of this age, and I have to say itâ€™s a worthwhile experience, itâ€™s quite restrained and gentle, and very well married with plenty of flavour to offer.
Would I buy a bottle? – Yes, itâ€™s a super bottling, and how often do you get a chance to try a 21 yr old Springbank anyway? 🤔 very rarely, if ever.
Thanks to – @DomsWhisky (Twitter) for the generous sample and permission to use his image of it.Follow @DomsWhisky