A couple of very special Springbanks

So it’s new years eve and @cuanbrown is around and we are sitting on a couple of ridiculously unobtanium Springbanks, courtesy of Magnus Fagerstorm in Sweden. We don’t have huge pours of the stuff but will soldier on regardless… Here goes…

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Springbank 32 year old

Bottle: Sample bottle

Nose: Honey, old book cases, leather, turpentine.

Body: Medium.

Palate: Creamy, oily, smoky, butterscotch and candy floss.

Finish: Deceptive. Unassuming to begin with and then whammo! Cayenne, iodine, raw sugar cane.

Neat/Ice/Water: 46% abv but reasonably hot.

Verdict: Superior. This is is like the Springbank 21 on steroids. Same level of polish (probably even more distinctive) but much punchier to boot. No doubting the pedigree on this dram.

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Springbank 33 year old 

Bottle: Pear shaped bottle. Early 70’s bottling. The whisky equivalent of a dodo!

Nose: Eucalyptus, mixed herbs, wacky tabacky? Very curious…

Body: Light and almost watery (not in a bad way).

Palate: Very calm, cream,  citrus, seems muted (watered down?), cardamon, green tea.

Finish: Subtle, same flavours maintain, medium length.

Neat/Ice/Water: 43 % abv.

Verdict: Quaffable. Reminds me for some reason of Hakushu Distillers Reserve. Quite light and green in nature. Possibly received below the stated abv (seems watered down a touch).

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