Springbank 1969 Murray McDavid
Added on Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:27 PM
  Bottler: Murray McDavid
  Age: 28 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1969 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Campbeltown
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled July 1969       Bottled September 1997       Fresh Sherry Wood       Cask 7787
Member Ratings and Notes

I was psyched that we were opening up a bottle of this at our Dusty Springbanks meeting. But it's not as stellar as I once thought. I'll never know if it's a change in my tastes, lineup bias, or differences in the bottles (this was a fresh bottle and Springbank tends to fare better after being open for a month or so), or whatever. But that's part of what makes whisky an adventure.


Weird actually, mild sherry with a little evergreen-minty-eucalyptus. A little too bitter. Much better as it opens up. Still great. (I suspect when Chris sees this he will vehemently disagree, we both tasted and re-tasted this on the same occasions)  B+


Old Notes: 

No notes, and I don't love posting ratings without notes. But I gotta remember how much I loved this. If you find some, you tell me where it is!  A


N: Distinctive springbank weird plastic notes, quite resinous and tea-like.

P: Heavily sherried but very unique, more on oranges and other citrus than typical sherry notes.  Has that old springer rubber that I really dig.
F: Pops at the end with grape punch.  

Incredibly flavorful at 46%, overpowered the Balvenie Tun when tastes side-by-side and that's a terrific malt.    Still an A. 


Old notes:


Well, my notes ain't much better than Adam's, all I had jotted down was "Classic Plastic Springer.   Wonderful."   That tells you, however, that it's in the profile of the Local Barley or Double Dark bottling, which is all you need to know.  


N: WOW! Waxy resinous sherry aspects, stewed fruits, exotic woods and saltiness

P:  Classic springbank! Dragonwell tea, leather, anise, raisin, black berry jam and black grapes

F: Sweet raisins


Nose:  Sweet  and syrupy sherry notes with fruit and some wooy notes that are quite bourbon like.

Palate: Sweet sherry and other dessert wintes, grape juice.  Water brings out the fruit.

Finish:  Sherry with fruit and a bit of acid.


A nice, sweet sherried malt.


n:  Just fanstastic


p: I've had a lot of old Springbanks, and this simply lands where you'd expect without much deviation.  But that's a good thing, because that's great whisky and so is this.  It tastes old and Springbanky.  B+/A-



N: Heavily sherried, blueberries. Fantastic. Perfumy - a little floral, caramel - complex nose!

P: Tastes great - seems confident - backs up the delicious nose. Although it's not as complex.

F: Changes like the nose did - nice and complex. 


My favorite from the Springbank meeting. Big fan. 

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