So is the old 21 really worth the £140 it now goes for ? Has anyone tried the MM Marsanne finish or heard anything about it? Is the also unopened bottle of Campbeltown Loch 21 sitting in the cupboard anything like the single malt Springbank? Is there an exceptional sensibly priced Glen Scotia that would make a better starting point than the regular Springbank's
Your opinions please.
I have just finished a bottle of Springbank 21, like the tall one you have Scotchio. I bought a couple of bottles in 2001 at only £59.00. I still have one unopened which is definitely going to be drunk in the near future.
I don't know what you've paid for it, but if you bought it 5 years ago it should've been approx. £60.00, and for that price...drink it - no matter what you'll be paid if you sell it.
It's considered a classic, one of the ultimate Springbanks. It's got a fantastic sea-air nose, the colour is medium dark oak. The taste is salty with fruit and hints of coconut, a little toffeeish.
If you want to consider another Springbank I would recommend the 175th Anniversary bottling which can still be found at some online shops or the 10year old, 100 Proof. The latter is one of the better Springbanks bottled nowadays. It's sweet with a touch of honey, demerara sugar and vanilla.
The 15y. is also okay but not by any means near the 21y. you have in possession.
You'll regret it if you don't drink it...
They obviously have confidence in the product as they are offering them for tastings and have apparently secured 6 cases of the Springer which is half the UK application.
"That's more like it! An Ace! Loch Fyne Whiskies Bottling of the Year 2004!
Powerfully sweet with a hint of peat, this is a good medium-weight Springbank (not like the sherried monster that was the old 100 Proof), there's a growing fruitiness, especially pears.
The swallow has smoke, and, something very unusual that I'd describe as an explosive after-finish!"
And it's reasonably priced too, at £33.00.
I am a little sceptic to the MM Marsanne finished Springbank. The wine finished whiskies I have tasted have been everything but good.
Scotchio wrote:So is the old 21 really worth the £140 it now goes for ?...Is there an exceptional sensibly priced Glen Scotia that would make a better starting point than the regular Springbank's
Your opinions please.
1) I've had the Springbank 21 OB and I was stunned! Subtle malt, but complex. Is it worth the 140 GBP? On the couple drams I've had, I'd have to say...almost! If you accept that Springbank is more expensive, then I'd say yes - it's worth it. Going just on the flavours in the bottle, I'd say...no. But then, I won't spend $1 when half that will do. I won't deny Springbank 21 was a contender for my top 5, but that's a wack of $$$.
2) I haven't heard of many people raving about Glen Scotia. I've had a bottling (Signatory - 10 or 12yr) that did not leave me enthused. Not much experiance apart from this.
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