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Which Springbank?

Postby ScotchPalate » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:34 pm

I want to try Springbank. Which is their best: The 10 yr., 15 yr., 100 Proof?

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Postby Marvin » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:41 pm

I guess it depends what you want to spend.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:53 pm

100 Proof would be my bet.....

There is another thread around here somewhere that has already discussed this. You might want to do a quick search.
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Postby EdipisReks » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:37 pm

the 100 proof is very good. i purchased a bottle of it earlier in the week, and i have been very pleased. quite delicate and restrained, for such a young whisky, but also rather deeply flavored. i had a chance to sample the 15yo and the 14yo Portwood, and they were also very good. the 15 years is complex and creamy, the 14yo is somewhat less complex, but the port flavor that comes through doesn't overpower the whisky too much.
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Postby bamber » Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:06 pm

I'm enjoying a sherried 14yo CS Cadenhead's offering at the moment. Lovely.
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:54 am

I can wholeheartedly recommend the 100 Proof. Somewheat closed in or reserved in the nose but with an explosive effect in the mouth. You should consider a mouth guard. I really enjoy the bottle I have and unfortunately there's only one or two drams left in it.
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Postby Wave » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:45 am

bamber wrote:I'm enjoying a sherried 14yo CS Cadenhead's offering at the moment. Lovely.


A Cadenhead no less!
I'm envious! It's been a long time since I've had a sherried Springbank. :cry:

Springbank's wood expressions are good and at true cask strength. I have a half empty bottle (+ 1 unopened in back-up) of the 12yr Old Bourbon Cask. A very nice dram. :D


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Postby bamber » Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:08 pm

It really is a great drop. Very heavily sherried, but the malt is equal to it. Sherry is good, but generally I think bourbon casks are better for getting the distillery's character.
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Postby Ganga » Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:51 am

All are nice. I really did like the 12 yo 100 proof and is far superior to all three listed. However, the 12 yo is hard to come by at this time. I would suggest that you try the 10 yo 100 proof.
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Postby mikeymad » Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:51 am

Me too
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Postby Bullie » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:33 am

Buy one bottle of 15yo and one bottle of 100 Proof, then enjoy them together in a 50/50 vat... :) Mmh, brilliant.
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:20 pm

I'd choose the 100 Proof. But rather, I prefer the Longrow 10y 100 Proof, and about the same price I think. It's sweet and salty, seashells and beach, some hints of apricot too.
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Postby jimidrammer » Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:21 pm

The 100 proof has more flavor than the regular 10yo and except for the slightly bitter "Aspirin" note in the finish I would recommend. I haven't tried the 15 @ nearly $100US I keep passing on it. My favorite Springbank was the 12yo Rum Wood. I really wish I had stocked up before it disappeared. Any Springbank is worth a try, I still have 2 bottles of the 10yo just haven't gotten back to them in over a year, too many new things came along. :oops:
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Postby badams » Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:14 am

Longrow 14 of course!
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:49 am

Of those 3, for sure the Springbank 100 Proof! But even better yet I find lately is the Longrow 10y 100 Proof! Nice sea-saltiness and beach characteristics, perhaps even a hint of apricot I remember.
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Postby EdipisReks » Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:49 am

i'm 2/3rds of the way into my Springbank 10yo 100, and it just gets better and better. even though my whisky collection has grown fairly large and diverse, i keep coming back to the springbank after i get "sick" of the heavily peated islays and the various sherried whiskies i own. i heartily recommend it.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:55 pm

Well,
Here in Tucson all I can find is the regular 10 year :? Think I should have a go?
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Postby peergynt323 » Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:03 pm

It's really a love it or hate it kind of malt--quite briney. Also, I would say that it's not quite worth the price. You can order the 100 proof from a lot of places here in SF (I think, not sure about regulations).
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Postby Choochoo » Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:03 pm

ScotchPalate wrote:Well,
Here in Tucson all I can find is the regular 10 year :? Think I should have a go?


Keep on hunting! :wink:

The 10yo is OK, but if there's any chance of finding a 100proof, or the 15yo (which is one of my favorites), either one would be worth getting instead.
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Postby vitara7 » Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:29 pm

has to be the 15yo
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Postby Aidan » Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:44 pm

The 9 yr old marsala finish, I'd go for.
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Postby Admiral » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:30 am

I have actually conducted a dedicated A-B-C comparison between the three bottlings you listed, and the 100proof is the pick of the bunch.

I was not alone in that opinion either. Five of us undertook the exercise and four of us scored the 100proof the highest, followed by the 15yo, and the 10yo came in last.

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Postby Di Blasi » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:05 am

I'd recommend the Springbank 100 Proof of the ones you mention. But if you're considering Longrow too, for sure the new 10y 100 Proof, very good, the best of them all for me anyway! Apricots, sea salt, beach!
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Re: Which Springbank?

Postby corbuso » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:17 am

ScotchPalate wrote:I want to try Springbank. Which is their best: The 10 yr., 15 yr., 100 Proof?

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The 100 proof is quite similar to the 10, but better.
The 15 is different from the two others bourbon versions, since it contains a lot of sherry.

Personally, I prefer the 15 YO, but as always, it is a matter of taste.

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Postby badams » Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:37 pm

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