Scotch Whisky Review #151: Springbank 14 Year Amontillado Sherry
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Cask Type: Amontillado Sherry
Cask Number: 305
ABV: 55.4% Cask Strength
Age: 14 Year
Color: 1.4, Tawny. Non-Chill Filtered and Natural Color.
Nose: (according to the wife) It smells like sujeonggwa (수정과, a traditional Korean cinnamon punch), it’s cinnamon-y with hints of sweetness. There’s a bit of raisin along with some dark caramel. At first, there is an ethanol note but it clears out eventually.
Palate: This has a rather silky mouthfeel. It starts off with a really rich golden raisin and chocolate. That gives way to honey Cheerios before settling in on some dried figs. There’s a bit more ethanol here as well. With a bit of water, apple cider comes out and the ethanol goes away.
Finish: Medium in length. There’s more of the dried fig and a lot of fresh oak peppers.
Conclusion: It’s not every day that you see something fully matured in Amontillado sherry. Springbank have done a decent job here with this one. There’s a layers of dried fruit along with good amount of sweetness but the malt itself isn’t buried completely either. The ethanol is a bit strong though and it takes quite a bit to dissipate. While I really appreciate being able to get the full strength out of the cask, this one benefits a lot with being watered down. Overall, very good. Would I buy a bottle? If I could find one, yes.
Final Score: 80.
Scotch Whisky Review #151, Campbeltown Whisky Review #2, Whisky Network Review #201
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.