An exceptional sherried Springbank from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this 19-Year-Old is Batch 17.
This release featured in the first lockdown virtual tasting we held in April 2020, though at the time was only available in 50ml miniatures. Having scoured every warehouse in the world, we've managed to find a very small parcel of full-size 500ml bottles, so we grabbed them all.
Matured in a sherry hogshead, bottled at 50.2%.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company have bottled most distilleries in Scotland and are increasingly expanding to include whiskies from around the world. Their limited edition labels are designed by Emily Chappell and reference interesting elements (or in-jokes) about the distillery.
Boutique-y bottle their batches, which can be single cask or a number of casks, at the strength they deem the whisky is most enjoyable at.
"The Springbank distillery is one of a small number of remaining Campbeltown distilleries - it used to be one of the most prolific regions, somewhat akin to Speyside, though today only a handful of distilleries remain. Luckily, the Springbank distillery produces a fantastic array of Campbeltown whisky for us to enjoy, including classic Springbank (lightly peated), Hazelburn (unpeated) and Longrow (heavily peated), and they’re all bloomin’ marvellous. Our Springbank label features Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison (formerly of caskstrength.net) working the old Porteus Mill at Springbank. Put your back into it, lads!"
Nose: Stewed prunes, red currants, hint of ripe fruit and toasted oak.
Palate: An explosion of vibrant tropical flavours cascading into ripe red fruit and honey melon with the depth coming in towards the back: new leather soles and fresh polished wood.
Finish: Cartwheels between old and new flavours leaving a really pleasing ripe sweetness, and the siganture oiliness you'd expect from this cult distillery.
Oak Barrel comments:
A whisky that gets better with time - it's a sweeter, late-night take on Springbank. Eminently drinkable at 50.2%, its very fruity and the oak is managed superbly. We though 50ml wasn't enough, one full size bottle of this seems to disappear just as quickly.
- Single Malt