Springbank 16 YO Local Barley
Springbank 16 YO Local Barley, 54,3 %
The time has finally come for a new local barley release from Springbank Distillers, Campbeltown. The Springbank 16 YO Local Barley was released earlier this year, in a limited run of 9000 bottles. It has been flying off the shelves, so if you want to try it, you had better act quickly.
You could pick up a bottle of the Springbank 16 YO Local Barley in Norway at NOK 1750 (3919301) on Friday May 6, but it sold out very quickly. It seems to be sold out in the UK and Sweden as well.
Nose (23/25): Salty and a bit funky - in a very Springbanksy way - just the way we love it. The peatiness is tempered and has a spiciness to it. This dram is more than a little green; eucalyptus and grass. Hints of mustard seeds. Vanilla, barley and soft maltiness. A little honey at first turns into a huge jar of the delicious stuff with time.
Taste (22/25): Full and rich mouthfeel. Salt, pepper, ginger and mint. Sugar and honey - quite sweet in other words. A bit earthy, in a good way.
Finish (23/25): Long and elegant finish. The herbs are maybe a bit more prominent now, and the sweetness a bit toned down. Slightly more peatiness as well now. A bit on the dry side, and with some oakiness.
Balance (22/25): A very fine Springbank. It has just the right level of funkiness and earthiness. It is slightly dirty, and mixed with the rich sweetness it works a charm!
Image from Master of Malt.
Sláinte! - Thomas