I have a nice wee story about the first time I tried Springbank 10 Year Old, want to hear it? Read on.
An old mate had bought a booze emporium up in Stonehaven and I was helping him fit the shop, took a while but eventually everything was set and we started on the brutal task of filling the shelves with stock. Hours later we finished, he grabbed a couple of bottles from the shelves and we headed down to the chippy.
Fish and chips bought we strolled down to the charming little quayside and sat on the wall and ate fish and chips and drank Sprinbank 10 and champagne to celebrate the new shop finally being ready.
It was utterly perfect.
It’s memories like that that really make your whisky journey. I have been taking whisky seriously for over two decades now and little has come to par with that moment a glass of champagne inside me hot salty battered haddock and that dram.
The Mitchell family make many a whisky, peated and unpeated young and old but my two favourites are the young fiery Mitchell’s Blend and this. For me peated whisky is best between young as fuck up to about eighteen years old, I’ve tried loads of older bottles and perhaps the eye watering prices sour my taste buds but I don’t think you can beat them at this sort of age.
I find a drop of two of water really helps bring out the nuanced flavours in the whisky.
Nose. Cinnamon and oak, salty smoke whispers at your nose without being over bearing, Honey and white heather that’s been thrown into a bonfire, fruit too, kiwi? Grapefruit and a touch of very ripe orange.
Palate. Damp pipe tobacco, honey and burning embers, coal dust, cherry bakewell tarts with lots of frangipane, a really good mix of sweet and smoke.
Finish. The honey and smoke finish lasts forever, it’s a very good drop.
I’m reviewing this now because I think I’ve been a little negative recently, reviewing poor products and sometimes it’s nice to take something from my own stash rather than the sample pots I have piled up, and remember a time when drinking whisky was a pure pleasure, when everything on the shelf was worth pouring and reminding you that you can still get excellent whisky for under fifty pounds.
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