A tasting @ whisky cafe L&B Amsterdam round 1.
Beforehand, this Campbeltown Springbank 10 has everything a dram needs. It has an abv of 46%, is uncoloured and unchillfiltered.
From the malt used, until bottling, eveything is done at the distillery.
At Springbank they combine double and triple distillation to compose this dram. So you get a 2,5 distilled dram.
After pouring this very nice and complex dram shows a ballet of different experiences. It's slight smokey with a malty fruityness.
Just when you think that was it, an oaky vanilla cinnamon pops up. You can smell both the sherry and bourbon casks used for maturation.
The nosing makes you craving for the first zip. Wow.
On the palate a smooth malty oakyness is detectable. Just when you think this is it, you start to realise you're fooled. An increasing power and spice from the European oak used, reveals itself along with the nuttyness of the sherried oak.
This dram nicely balances between spicy oak and smooth fruit.
The medium finish has no bitterness at all. Instead there's a nice prickling salty all-spice, slowly fading into a lovely chocolate finish.
This is a real multiple headed monster. Every time you chopped a head of, the next one appears.
Overall very nice, balanced and surprisingly complex. Therefore very advisable.