sᴘʀɪɴɢʙᴀɴᴋ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟ ʙᴀʀʟᴇʏ 2019, 56,2%
The last edition of 2018 was a blast (92 points) and utterly complex for its young age. In fact it was our whisky of the year 2019. So why not starting the new golden twenties with high expectations?
It is really worth following each years bottling because they significantly vary. While we were last time on an industrial construction site, we this time move to an exotic beach bar that welcomes us with sweet and warm smoke. Pineapples, mangos and burnt tires on a wet, tarred road. A hint of spice appears, with pepper and sea salt. After a while the smoke subsides and an interesting blend of spicy tropical scents comes back with a sunny smile. Damn, this is becoming a deep flirt with an opulent lady at the bar, wearing honey and white pepper as a dress.
With water: Getting wilder with even more smoke and a dominant honey sweetness. The anticipation is at the peak now!
The first kiss is so intense, tasty, dense and exactly representing the impressions on the nose. Very mouth coating and warming with smoked barley and sweet exotic fruits, mostly pineapples, dipped into manuka honey (really soothing for a cold day in winter). This is definitely one for a second date!
Medium long (so more an affair than a relationship) with a delicate bitterness and a touch of lemons, honey and brine. Simple, but yet sophisticated. Fantastic!
What a satisfying start. 2019 was less complex than 2018, but very delicate, warming and tropical. We hereby admit that the annual local barley series, beside the Lagavulin 12 series, has become our mostly awaited and beloved series and are proof, that Springbank is one of the three best (and most honest), operating whisky distilleries on this wee globe.