Lawrence wrote:Are the Springbank wood expressions not fully matured in what ever ex wine cask is used? I understand they are not 'finishes' but 'wood expressions' having spent their entire life in a single cask type, I read this on the Springbank website a while ago, of course they could have changed the policy.
Well it depends on which one we're talking about. And I wouldn't call them "finishes" either as they spent a considerable time in cask no. 2.
All except "Bourbon Wood" 12yo which has spent all the time in bourbon hogshead/barrels
The "Port Wood" 14yo was 12 years in refill sherry and then 2 years in fresh port pipes
(the 13yo was 1½ years in port pipes, don't know the original cask type)
The "Rum Wood" 12yo was 7 years in bourbon and 5 years
in Demerara Rum casks
Normally I don't fancy finished malts, but these wood expressions are surely something else. Very good all
Another great one I recently had was an Auchentoshan 17yo, which was only 8 years in bourbon but 9 years
in Saint-Julien redwine casks. What a great balance between wine and malt