Springbank 18 Yr. Scotch
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Springbank 18 Yr. Scotch

Item # 22616 750mL
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Item Notes

  • Limited Production: Only 1 bottle(s) per customer

Tasting Notes

This bottling is sherry finished, but not overwhelmingly so as they are using 2nd and refill sherry casks. That difference provides for a tasting profile that contains the classic chocolate, dried fruit and baking spice that these casks provide, but doesn’t overwhelm the lovely saline, heather and barley notes that is a standard mark for this distillery. This is mostly 18 y.o. whisky, but there is a bit of 19 and 20 y.o. here as well.

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Staff Pick Notes

There are times when you want a dram with a little luxury yet not a lot of flash. Cashmere rather than lace. Springbank's 18-year-old Scotch shows that kind of assured maturity, a quiet confidence that attracts on a whole other level. Part of that comes from being one of a few distilleries to have their hand in every part of the process: they malt their own barley, source water from Crosshill Loch, and ferment slowly for nearly 70 hours—one of the longest in Scotland.Their single malt is matured in 80% ex-Sherry casks and 20% ex-bourbon casks, the years softening any hard edges, taming the peat. Soft, gentle aromas of briny smoke and caramel draw you in first. Then it's sip after sip of creamy smooth vanilla, almond, and anise.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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