Category Archives: Campbeltown

#88 – Springbank 10 Year Old (Caged Bottle)

Distillery: Springbank
Name: Caged Bottle
Age: 10
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 58.4%
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £45
Distilled: 2005-08-19
Bottled: 2016
Bottles: 1
Nose: Creme brulee, marzipan, oily, hay, musty, minerals
Taste: Oily, creme brulee, dark chocolate, treacle
Finish: Long, dry, spicy
Rating: 9/10

So I have a very special treat for you today, I will be sampling my Springbank 10 year old Caged Bottle. What is the Caged Bottle? I hear you ask, well let me explain. When you visit the distillery shop you have the opportunity to view their Caged whiskies, which are literally caged off. I there are an assortment of one off bottlings, yes that’s right, bottle number 1 of 1. To help make the experience a little more special you also get to sign the bottle out of the cage, so your name will forever be in the caged bottlings log.

The nose is just out of this world for a 10 year old, seriously amazing. I am hit with creme brulee initially with some marzipan coming through just afterwards. It also has an oily nose to, I think linseed oil. At the tail of the nose there is a slight floral note with hay coming through. After a while it begins to take on a musty quality with a slight mineral edge.

The palate has a lovely thick oily texture to it with some real spice there too. I’m happy to say that the creme brulee makes an appearance again along with some dark chocolate and some treacle. It also has a good woody quality which is bought out with a touch of water.

In conclusion then, Amazing! It just has so much going on from the nose to the palate and onto the finish. I love how it has the signature Springbank flavour but you have to work your way through so many layers of awesomeness before you get there. Unfortunately because it is so damn nice I don’t foresee it lasting long so I suspect I will have to make another trip to the distillery sometime soon.

Kilkerran WIP 5 Sherry Wood

Distillery: Glengyle
Name: Kilkerran Work In Progress 5th Release Sherry Wood
Region: Campbeltown
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £35 (70cl)
Nose: Light, salty, dark fruits
Taste: Creamy, smoky, spicy
Finish: Medium length, spicy
Rating: 6/10

So I thought it would be interesting to try both finishes of the WIP 5th release to see how different it can be.

As with the Bourbon Wood there is definitely some alcohol burn on the nose initially, not as much however. It has a light nose with one quality that stood out initially, a saltiness, reminded me of cockles. There is also some dark fruit notes present but they do not give it much of a richness, they are quite subtle.

The palate is creamy, richer than the Bourbon Wood version but is still a light dram. The smoky character is still there in the background as is the spice that continues onto the finish, which is a little shorter than the Bourbon Wood. There is not as much of an alcohol burn to this one, but it does still open up some with the addition of water so I would still recommend a small amount.

So overall I think I prefer the nose of the Bourbon Wood, it is actually more complex, having a little more to offer. Palate wise, there are similarities but with obvious differences, both nice and refreshing actually; I’d put them on par.

Kilkerran WIP 5 Bourbon Wood

Distillery: Kilkerran
Name: Work In Progress 5th Release Bourbon Wood
Region: Campbeltown
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £34 (70cl)
Nose: Vanilla, fruity, creamy, smoky
Taste: Oily, fruity, citrus, smoky, spicy
Finish: Long, spicy
Rating: 6/10

The first thing that hits me on the nose is the alcohol burn, this does fade as it aerates but is still evident. Next you are hit with the vanilla which also lessens in time, giving way to the lights fruits that work their way through. It has a lovely creamy character to the nose with just a hint of smoke peaking through as well.

The palate has a real oily mouth feel to it that is initially fruity with a citrus freshness cutting through the oil to the end. The smoke is still present and a real spiciness comes through that continues onto the long finish.

With water the nose mellows a little with regard to the burn and the palate becomes even creamier and spicy. When enough water is added to remove the burn from the nose the palate looses some of it appeal but is still present, it does not get completely lost as can happen with some.

This one definitely needs time to aerate, really improves after 10 minutes or so.