This Springbank 2003 is part of a series of 10 single casks, all bottled by Cadenhead to celebrate the 175th anniversary of their whisky shops. And this particular one was selected for the Aberdeen shop.
Although the shop has been closed a long time ago, it was the shop were it all started. Founded in 1842, Cadenhead was originally based in Aberdeen, before being bought by J&A Mitchell and Co (also owners of Springbank distillery). At that point and after 130 years of being based in Aberdeen, the company moved to Campbeltown, close to the Springbank Distillery and its warehouses.
Nowadays the company also has shops in Edinburgh and London as well as partnerships in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. But the Aberdeen shop never openend its doors again.
This Springbank has matured in a sherry butt and is bottled at 57% ABV.
Springbank 2003 tasting notes:
Nose: Diesel oil mixed with honey. I love it! Some peat here as well. Dried fruits with mainly raisins. Later more white fruits, like unripe pears and green apples. And the peat still lingers on. With water: More fruity.
Taste: A very thick mouthfeel, nice! A lot of sherry influence. Honey here as well, and caramel. A hint of peat. White fruits here too. With water: Sweeter, more honey and caramel, while the fruit dissapears to the background.
Finish: The finish is quite long, with honey and white pepper. The pepper dissapears when I add water.
Overall: It’s a great sherried Springbank, and a great selection from Cadenhead! It can take a few drops of water.