Now it’s official. Springbank is coming to Israel.(it was available in the duty free shops,but now will be widely available). While i am sure the pricing will still be crazy (tax, tax and more tax), it’s nice to know you can buy Springbank,Longrow and Hazelburn in your local whisky shop. I will be dedicating a post to the Springbank lineup shortly, but to celebrate the occasion, notes on a limited edition which is a bit different : the Jazz edition.
I’ve Been a big jazz fan long before i even started liking whisky, and I’ve kept the passion for good Jazz. I was really delighted to discover a lovely book by Hans Offringa that makes the link between Whisky & Jazz, two of my passions. As it happens this dram was bottled for the release of this book. this 14 year old whisky was aged in a cream sherry casks, and was bottled at Cask Strength (56%). Very interesting to give a sherried SB a chance, eh?
Springbank 14 yo ‘Jazz’ edition , 56%
Nose: At first whiff, quite a lot of gunpowder , then after letting it rest in the glass for a few minutes, the sherry notes do come up, with some dried fruit (apricot,sultana) engulfed in some sort of wee brine and sea weed notes.
Palate: Sweet entry, with the dried fruit, earthy notes, and some apricot marmalade, then it gets peppery and spicy, with chilly, ginger.
Finish: medium length with some marmalade lingering, oak, drying.
This is a very nice Springbank, one of the better ones I’ve had recently. Lovely sherry effects, and good strength. I seen to like it better than the OBs I’ve had recently. Quite nice. a good surprise. The downside, is that i can not find it online in one of my regular whisky shops. Anyone seen it around?
Since we’re talking Jazz, let’s send the post with one of the classic all time videos, featuring two jazz giants : Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, in a great piece “So What?!”. sheer pleaure.