Archive SPRINGBANK 12 YEAR OLD Samaroli

SPRINGBANK 12 YEAR OLD Samaroli 57,1%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Campbeltown, 75cl, Ref: COL16423

“And God created... Samaroli.” In the Italian barony of whisky, Silvano Samaroli is king. Like a Pavlovian reflex, simply mentioning this name excites the olfactory and gustatory memory of the lucky few who, during their travels, have been able to taste a Bowmore Bouquet 1966, a Glen Garioch 1971, a Laphroaig 1967, Tormor 1966 or a Longrow 1974 Sherrywood. These bottlings are now so difficult to find that they have been consigned to the pantheon of inaccessible whiskeys... Artist and visionary Silvano Samaroli was also behind this legendary edition of Springbank 12 Year Old, 100 Proof, bottled in 1981, which brings together various barrels.

whisky perfection! Need we say more? Exotic and Mediterranean fruit, juiced, in a jelly and jam, as well as citrus fruit. A resolutely Oriental temperament, with spices. Syrupy, like a Sauternes, with just the right amount of mineral notes unique to Alsace wines. A dark side brings peat, ash, roasted notes, bitter chocolate and leather.
Samaroli Import
Single Malt, 57.1%, 75 cl
Small Batch – Sherry Cask
Limited edition of 2,400 bottles

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : mahogany.
  • Nose : rich, concentrated, complex and endless. Oriental at first glance. Characterized by nutty notes (walnut, almond, honey-coated pistachio), the nose gracefully develops into beeswax and polish. It remains no less rich with petit beurre biscuits and crème brûlée, and a hint of coconut (broom) and orange blossom. But it’s really all about fruit, whether it is dried or juiced, exotic (passion fruit, banana, mango, gold kiwi) or Mediterranean (date, dried fig, grape, Agen prune). Fairly undefinable, it is at once a liqueur, a jam and a jelly (quince, apricot). With time, the dark side of the aromatic palette is revealed, developing dark chocolate and roasted coffee, before becoming empyreumatic with tar.
  • Palate : lively, rich and solid. Citrus fruit jam and jelly (orange, lemon) make way for a souk spice rack (ginger, cinnamon, clove). Other herbs and spices are never far away. In harmony with the nose, abundant dried fruits are present and the rancio becomes more precise. We now find ourselves in France. A hyphen is drawn between the Bordeaux region and Alsace, with precise notes of Sauternes that open up into refined mineral and hydrocarbon notes.
  • Overall : mysterious, captivating. The oak becomes drier, but the length is incredible! The finish echoes the nose and further develops this hidden dark side, with leather, beef stock, peat smoke, coffee grounds and bitter chocolate.
The brand

The brand

Founded in 1828, Springbank would later fall into the hands of the Mitchell family, who still own it to this day. Springbank is one of the last Scottish distilleries to carry out all of its production on site, from malting to bottling. Known for the extremely high quality of its sherry-influenced bottlings, a dry period in the 1980s left an indelible mark on Springbank’s stocks. Its style can therefore be easily separated into two periods: the first, with an emphasis on sherry casks, lasts up until to the 1990s, and the second, more centred on bourbon casks, begins just after the turn of the millennium.

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