Thursday, June 13, 2013
Springbank Calvados Finish
I'm continuing my peat theme for the week with something special. The Springbank Calvados Finish spent six years in bourbon casks and another six in Calvados casks. It was distilled in April 2000 and bottled last fall.
Springbank Calvados Finish, 12 years old, 52.7% abv ($110)
The nose has malt and fruit with wisps of smoke. The palate has serious peat, like you knock you over peat. It opens with some light sweet malt character and then the peat comes in waves, getting sharper and sharper, building until it's like a mouth full of ash (in a good way) which is pretty much what the finish is. To the extent there is Calvados influence it's only lightly suggested with a tinge of apple on the late palate and in the finish...it's very subtle. Overall, it tastes more like Octomore than a typical Springbank.
This might be the best new whisky I've had so far this year. If you've got $100 or so to spend, pass up the Ardbog and grab a bottle of this stuff. Luckily for us, there seems to be plenty around.