Forgive me Communist heathen Pope, it’s been some time since my last entry.
Springbank 17 Sherry Wood (2015) 52.3%
Nose: Leather, ginger ale, mild and sweet heathery peat, and chocolate. After a while some fruit emerges – papaya mainly, with perhaps a hint of peach too.
Palate: Chocolate, papaya, salt, along with the ol’ Springbank tells of earth and engine oil.
Water doesn’t seem to add too much, although perhaps now it serves to heighten both the sweetness and the salt.
Finish: The papaya and salt pulsate through the finish, with the chocolate reappearing before the dirty oil swirls back to the top at the death.
Water seems to add a bit of spice at the end as that increased saltiness from the palate follows through on the finish.
To be honest I was expecting more – or at least something different – from this sherried Springbank. While I have enjoyed it and it has certainly grown on me – this review is from the last quarter of the bottle – I had hoped upon release that it may be a full-sherried (first fill) experience as opposed to the largely re-fill barrel notes this seems to me to offer.
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