A few months ago I came a across this Springbank 2001 by accident. I found it in a local shop for a very, very decent price and it was the last bottle… It is also quite difficult to obtain, so I just could not resist buying it. I was a bit skeptical, since it is relatively young (8 years old). But that feeling was quickly gone after tasting this whisky.

This Springbank 2001, Vintage batch 1 is a vatting of sherry and bourbon casks. It was bottled in 2009 at 55,3% ABV.

Springbank 2001 tasting notes:

Nose: Peat, ash and minerals at first. Then fresh lemon appears. Some spicy notes in the background. With water it becomes more fruity and then especially white fruit like pears.

Taste: This is quite fruity. Bananas and coconut, a pinch of vanilla. Then some sweet tones, caramel and honey. A peach. And a little bit of bitterness of grapefruit, but a pleasant bitterness. If you add water the bitterness dissapears and the fruit takes over and then mainly white fruit. All very nice!

Finish: The finish is mid-long to long. Peppery at first, chili peppers. Then minerals and a bit salty. With water the chili peppers are gone and the fruit is back again. Much softer with water.

This is definitely a very nice dram. Despite its young age, it’s a very interesting whisky. The flavours keep on changing and it can easily stand water. This is an eight year old with character.