Springbank 17 Year Old Madeira 47.8% - Oct 2020
Springbank's 17 Year Old Madeira has been matured for 14 years in a combination of rum and bourbon barrels, followed by three years in fresh Madeira hogsheads. Bottled in October 2020, there are only 9200 available worldwide.
This is an enjoyable, smooth dram with nutty and slightly woody notes with that subtle peat smoke to the end.
Net weight: 1.6kg
Nose: Sweet and jammy. There are aromas of parma violets, boiled sweets and buttery
tablet with a note of fennel. Sticky ginger cake, strawberry jam with a tang of grapefruit and lemon sherbet. There is a familiar coastal saltiness on the nose.
Palate: The briny, maritime characteristics follow through with light peat smoke. Sticky
toffee pudding, caramelised sugar and a spicy, herbal hint of black cracked pepper
and tea leaves.
Finish: The finish is nutty, smooth and slightly woody. Notes of walnuts and pecans with subtle peat smoke to the end.
Springbank distillery is the oldest independent, family-owned distillery in
Scotland. Legal distillation began in 1828. The chairman is Hedley Wright, the great, great grandson of John Mitchell, the first legal distiller of Springbank whisky.
There are a few Scottish distilleries that still malt their own barley but Springbank is the only distillery which malts 100% of its own barley, using the traditional floor maltings. The whole production process: malting, milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation, maturation and bottling, happens on the one site in Campbeltown. This is unique in Scotland.
Three malt whiskies are produced at Springbank distillery, each with its own
character. Springbank which is 80% of production, is lightly peated and distilled
two and a half times. Longrow is more heavily peated and distilled two times.
Hazelburn is unpeated and distilled three times.