Springbank 1967 20 Years Cadenhead for Prestonfield, a very limited bottle that not easy find in the market now.
Colour: amber. Nose: a little discreet at very first nosing, getting quickly boldly dry and coffeeish but also nicely jammy (cooked strawberries). Lots of Corinth raisins, notes of rum, smoke, barbecue, fireplace… Gravy and dried oranges, cocoa… Certainly less exuberantly fruity than other old Springbanks, surprisingly ashy (matchsticks) and meaty.
Notes of ham. Certainly beautiful but maybe not grand, lacking a little expressivity although it does keep developing even after a long time, getting fruitier (apricots) and then very vegetal (lots of lovage and parsley). Definitely not a classical Springbank.
Mouth: much creamier, much more ‘Springbank’ now, with quite some coconut, fruitcake, a little salt, candy sugar… What’s more, it’s bold whisky, very invading now. Goes on with all sorts of crystallized fruits (mostly citrus, especially grapefruit), a little rancio, concentrated wine sauce… Gets nicely bitter (old walnuts, fino), salty buttered caramel, coffee flavoured fudge, liquorice stick… Now it gets really grand, with superb resinous notes, bergamot, quince jelly, funny hints of smoked fish, kippers… Better and better indeed.
The finish is very long, thick, coating but perfectly balanced, on ‘smoked and salted small bitter oranges’. Ah, if only that could exist! 94 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottler||Cadenhead (for Prestonfield)|
|ABV/ Volume||46.0%/ cl|
|Cask Number||3131 - 3136|