Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Springbank 11 Year (1996)

Christmas Countdown 2020 #24: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Springbank 11 Year (1996)

Distillery: Springbank

Bottler: Cadenhead’s

Region: Campbelltown

Age: 11 year. Distilled 1996, bottled 2007

ABV: 56.3%

Cask Type: Cream Sherry Butt

Color: 1.5, Auburn/Polished Mahognay. Natural Color and Un-Chill Filtered.

This is the 24th installment of this years’ Christmas Countdown. You can see the entire 2020 series here or the 2019 edition here.

Nose: Quite fruity from the get go. There’s green apples and grapes along with a bit of under ripe maesil (green plum). A little bit of the Springbank funk pops in as well.

Palate: There’s quite a lot of sherry here. If you’ve ever had cream sherry on it’s own, you definitely taste a bit of it here. It is a tad sugary with more of that under-ripe green plum note. With water, the maesil gets stronger with a more sherry as well. There’s a bit of funk and ends up being a tad medicinal.

Finish: Shorter than expected. It’s funky but not the Springbank funky, instead it’s a cream sherry funky.

Conclusion: I distinctly remember the first time I had sherry on it’s own. It was in a seafood restaurant in Indianapolis during a trade conference for the industry I work in. I saw some on the dessert drinks menu and thought to myself “well, I love sherried whisky so I probably would like sherry on it’s own!”. I was very, very wrong. Now I imagine that it’s just a case of not being able to get good sherry in the Midwest particularly easily, but I remember very much this weird, funky and almost tangy taste when I had it then. This Springbank reminds me so much of that first glass of sherry, though it is far better. You get a lot of sugary goodness and a lot of fruit. Some of the fruit has that under-ripe bit of tang and combined with a bit of the Springbank funk, you’re left with what I’d imagine a Scot’s interpretation of cream sherry would be. It’s quite nice, though I doubt I’d buy a bottle.

Final Score: 79.

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Scoring Legend:

  • 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.

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