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Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Administrator » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:49 pm

Welcome to the Springbank Live Forum Tasting.

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  • Any Springbank you may have...

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  • Saturday 29th November 7:00pm GMT

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Start time - 7:00pm GMT

About...
For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page. (Note, the Age field on the tasting must be a number such as 7,9,10,18)

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday evening...

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:57 pm

I look forward to reading your notes everyone, I'll be joining in later this evening, if everything goes according to plan. I have 4 Springbank expressions I'll be tasting,

1997 10yo Batch 1 (sample from Jobi)
1997 10yo Batch 2 (sample from C57)
1997 10yo Binny's Cask
10yo OB (sample from UUNetBill)

Many thanks again for the samples everyone. Happy Dramming!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby DanAir » Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:19 pm

I had plenty of friends over last night and I popped open the Springbank 10yo OB I just picked up at Waitrose. Half the bottle went, and given that my friends aren't particularly "enthusiastic" drinkers I'll take that as a sign that it was enjoyed!

I'm afraid that it's my only Springbank. My first actually (besides a Longrow CV), but almost certainly not my last...

Springbank 10yo OB

Nose: Deeply flavoured with loads of honey, orange, some salty coastal flavours. A touch of spice (cloves). A minute or two after pouring the spice has gone leaving full-on sweet aromas of honey and a touch of citrus.

Palate: Very clean. Oily texture. Not so much honey surprisingly. More spice. A touch of dusty smoke. Very enjoyable depth.

Finish: Returning sweetness, golden syrup, citrus and a touch of oak.

Score: 4/5

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby DanAir » Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:22 pm

Sorry... how rude of me! Hi Willie, Nick and anyone else currently watching! :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:54 pm

Good evening :) Seems pretty quiet so far. Tasting notes look good with the new layout :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:05 pm

Got a bit confused then... I get you now - you mean the profiling that makes that wheel thing? Pssst, I tell you a secret - I don't like that bit of the notes anyway ;)

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:31 pm

I'd love to join in but I have no Springbank :( Is Longrow to far a distant relative to open here?

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:44 pm

Great C57 :thumbsup:

Willie, why's your 15yo not really Springbank 15yo?

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:02 am

OK, here goes, it's the only Longrow I've tried...

Longrow CV

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Immediately massively earthy, and quite meaty. Lots of peat. Smells very serious, there's to be no giggling over this one. Eventually a very faint waft of sweet perfume, like clean washing drying on the line.
Medicinal peat, a little like that stuff they give you to clean your earlobes when you get your ears pierced. Vegetal, almost composting. Not quite seaweedy, but maybe stones on a beach. Then a little pepper.
TCP but a bit sweeter, salt. Maintains that in-your-face strength of flavour.
Strong and peaty. Is this quite young? There's no clue to the age. I like it, but it's got a very definite mood to it. There's something very stern about this, it's not a frivolous dram, is it? Like a person who's been promoted beyond their ability, it doesn't want to let down it's guard, it must behave sensiblly. Maybe I should stop projecting personalities onto my drinks :)
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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:17 am

C57 your Longrow 10yo sounds like the CV's kinder, older sister. My bottle kind of clenches its fist and glares at me. Tho it's loosening up a little now it's been poured a while :)

Both your & Willie's notes for your Springbank 21 enticed me to look for one online. And then when I saw the price I decide to content myself with reading free notes instead :o :)

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:33 am

It's been fun, and educational, as always :thumbsup: I have to go, but I look forward to catching up tomorrow. G'night :)

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:01 am

Good evening,
Forgot about this event maybe because of drinking too much Killkenny and quiet a few Caoran Reserves last night. We visited an Irish pub in Leiden.

Just opened a 15yo.
A very gentle whisky full of peardrops and vanilla in the beginning. I don't notice any sherry in this one, maybe because I had a vintage 1997 #1 which has a strong sherry influence
Taste is malty without the oily taste that I like in the 10 and also the vin2007.
Nose is getting better and better. Less sweet now, butterscotch and some toffee.
More grass now and mouthfeel and nose are getting drier.

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I'm not too excited about this one yet particularly because of the lack of oilynes that I liked in other Springbanks.
As I am writing this and sipping the glass empty way too quick I realise it is just not what I expected but I'm starting too like it now the malty notes are taking over from the vanilla and pear.
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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:47 am

Addictive it is! I poured my third already.
My nose is finally picking up the peat. I'm liking this more and more.
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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:19 am

Vintage 1997 edition 1
I love this smell, malty but not too sweet. Peat and dirt combined with some sherry dryness.

G'night Willie.

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:45 am

Great notes everyone, I'll be tasting and getting my notes in tomorrow, as I'm just getting home after a long day.

You all make the 21 sound oh so good!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Gilles Deleuze » Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:39 am

I'm really enjoying reading these notes, everyone! Unfortunately I'm 3000 miles away from my Springbank and Longrow bottles right now... Any chance someone feels like doing a formal tasting of the Binny's single cask Springbank? I'd love to get some but would like to see what others think of it first... :D

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Matt2 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:26 pm

Interesting notes, never been interested much in Springbank but I guess I need to rethink that after reading some of the notes. Thats 2 from these tastings now. :thumbsup:

Great notes by Collector57 and Willie JJ (and everyone else), hope you had a good night and a bit of shame more people didn't want to join you.

You don't smell bad or have any nasty habits ? :wink: :wink:


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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:32 am

Gilles Deleuze wrote:I'm really enjoying reading these notes, everyone! Unfortunately I'm 3000 miles away from my Springbank and Longrow bottles right now... Any chance someone feels like doing a formal tasting of the Binny's single cask Springbank? I'd love to get some but would like to see what others think of it first... :D


The Binny's Springer is very nice, definitely a worthy dram. I'll be sure to take some time with it, and do up a nice note. I'll be getting to these in the next day or so.

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Wave » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:26 am

Matt Page wrote:a bit of shame more people didn't want to join you.

I'm right in the middle of a 7-day midnight shift. I'll post my lone Springbank (12yo Bourbon Wood Expression) notes Wednesday or Thursday night (my weekend :wink: )

Cheers!

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:21 am

Tasting some Springbank tonight, so I'll add in my notes. Better late than never I suppose.

Springbank 10yo OB 46%

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Honey, some oranges, a hint of salt

Palate: Nice oily feel to this, it's salty, hints of oranges and spice, and some honey

Finish: Finish is long and sweet with some wood, a bit dry

Comment: Very nice dram here, I clearly need to be stocking more of this. Thanks to UUNetBill for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:33 am

Springbank 10yo 1997 Batch #1

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Floral notes, some salt and hints of smoked meat

Palate: Very full bodied and complex, this has alot going on. It starts sweet and floral, then becomes meaty, with some salt.

Finish: Very long and warming finish, changing all the time, floral notes coming back towards the very end.

Comment: This is great stuff! Thanks again to Jobi for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:49 am

Springbank 10yo 1997 Batch #2

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: More of a sherry influence than the previous, some vanilla, brown sugar and a bit of saltiness.

Palate: Smooth, oily and sweet with some stewed fruits, also a tad salty.

Finish: Long and very nice, a mix of burnt sugars and fruits.

Comment: This is much much better than I remember it from the last time (which was a freshly opened bottle). Very good stuff! Many thanks to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Gilles Deleuze » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:00 am

Glad to see you like the Batch #2, Ryan! :D I remember you writing that it was only so-so when you tried the freshly opened bottle. I went out and bought this as soon as I had a taste!

Just goes to show you what a little oxidation can do! :thumbsup:

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:04 am

Springbank Binny's Single Cask 1997 10yo

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: The nose isn't as bright as the 2 previous, lightly sherried some vanilla and definite oak.

Palate: Very smooth and sweet, not floral like the 2 previous, some vanilla and toffee and a nice mix of spices.

Finish: Really long and pleasantly sweet, and it leaves a nice spicey finish to it.

Nice dram!! :D :D

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:22 pm

Well I'm surrounded by Springbanks now (thanks C57). I wonder if I should post here or if it's outrageously late to tag on to this tasting...

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:28 pm

Well, no-one's objected yet so I'll kick off with the 15yo :)

Springbank 15yo

Springbank
15 yo
Malty, zesty fruit, a little raisin, tippex thinners.
A tiny bit soapy. Or is that milk from a coconut? Salty. Filmy. Slightly peppery. Almost like the aftertaste when you've just had some poppadums. Sweetens up and loses the saltiness when it's been in the glass a while, and touches on marzipan.
Sherried and dry oak, combines brilliantly.
There's something quite Indian about this, with a gulab jamon kind of taste (carnation milk buttery cardamon dough balls covered in sugar syrup/maple syrup) as well as that salty poppadum thing going on. Lovely combinations of flavours.
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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:39 pm

What a great start :D On to this one now:

SMWS 27.44 Springbank

Springbank
1989 10yo
Fresher and flowery, but the tippex thinners is stronger now like acetone. Honey, malt, mixed peel. With water it's like soft perfumed lemon (lemon washing up liquid). White grapes. Marshmallows and chocolate. Water also releases Green.
Lighter palate than the nose and finish. Fruity and then ooeee, hot! Ginger and lemon.
Orange and lots of fresh ginger.
I preferred the 15yo; I just couldn't find as many interesting layers in this one.
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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:01 pm

Springbank 1997 Batch 2

Springbank
1997 Batch 2
This is different - nothing like as sweet as the others. Celery salt, habanero chilli, pepper. Dry hay. Very salty with a whiff of seashells. Water sweetens it up.
Seashells, honey, then if left in the mouth long enough it reveals tinned fruit salad.
Quite powerful and sweet and smokey
More smoke than the others.
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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:19 pm

Last one...

Springbank 21yo

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Mmm, rich. Oranges. Chocolate fudge cake. Dusty leather. Warm and soft and enveloping.
Oak and fruit then a welcoming mug of creamy hot chocolate on a cold afternoon. No, it's later now and there's an almost-empty teapot and dusty old books. Fabulous.
Marmalade then oaky and leathery, more so with water.
This is such a good quality dram. It's like owning a Prada bag after only having had fakes; there's something softer, fuller, richer and more substantial and you know you're going to love it for a long time.
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Big thanks to C57 for this sample, it's sooo good :D

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:21 pm

Well that's my lot. And it was fun :D

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Re: Springbank - 29th November - 7pm (GMT)

Postby Ryguy » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:58 am

Thanks for adding the notes TS! It's never too late, plus it's really nice having several notes from lots of different people in one place. Thanks for taking the time to add them in! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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