Springbank 21 Year Old has become something of a legend among whisky lovers and with good reason. It's a spectacular dram that offers unbelievable complexity. It complete with its updated shiny gold livery. The previous edition shot off the shelves and this one tastes even better - a great example of how Springbank develops with age.
There is a lot going on here; heather, plums and peach, quite dry but with hints of honey. There's a slight waxy note too with a little bit of leather.Mouth: Very soft, with caramelised fruit and raisins and cassis. The spices include cinnamon and vanilla and there's some oaky dryness to balance the honey. A subtle wood smoke and a hint of the sea.
Sweet, thick and chewy with some pot-pourri, then tangerines. The smoke is gently handled, along with a hint of mineral salts which helps to cut through the weighty mid-palate. The tannins are light. The woodsmoke element becomes more assertive, with water moving things into kedgeree territory before the fruits come back in – cream Sherry, toasted nut, orange peel.
Very long with hints of aniseed, raisin sweetness and smoke. Oily still..
(Recommended by Wine Peers)