Springbank 17 Year Maderia (70cl, 47.8%)
Springbank 17 Year Old Maderia Cask 2020 (70cl, 47.8%)
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The new Springbank 17 Year Old Madeira Cask is composed from spirits distilled November 2002 and matured for 14 years in a combination of rum and bourbon barrels, followed by 3 years in fresh Madeira hogsheads.
Nose: starts on a sweet and sour theme, Verdelho style. Lemon rind, sour plums, strawberries, walnuts, whiffs of verbena and smoked tea. Ginger cake. Sweet dried fruits in the background. Classic wet sheep wool and engine oil. Mint and furniture polish. A distant balsamic note as well. Quite beautiful.
Mouth: rather fruity actually, with the sweet and sour theme taken further. Plums, oranges, sour cherries, nicely balanced by light caramel. Then a dry leathery note and hints of tea leaves, tobacco, hessian cloth, ginger and something vaguely oriental. Some waxy touches towards the end.
Finish: long, still very balanced, orangey with soft spice. Just some light tannins in the very end.