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Ferrari or Maserati? Springbank Cask 129 or Cask 482?

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Springbank

What do you prefer a Ferrari or a Maserati? a BMW or a Mercedes? The lovely Springbank from cask 129 or the one 482?

Master of Malt has a similar problem to choose a cask for Springbank for their Single Casks bottles range. And instead of flipping coin and choosing one they shared with several bloggers the decision.

And I have to say it has been a really hard decision. Both casks are fantastic, one of them is full of raw fruity and vanilla power and the other is a serene subtle well-matured single malt. What to choose?! Oh why?! I prefer the …

Oh! You better read the tasting notes and help me decide.

Springbank 1993 Cask 482

“This Springbank is a real vanilla rollercoaster”

90
Springbank 1993 c482

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, vanilla, malt, spices, tropical fruits. Very nice, overall fruity

Palate (91): . honey, vanilla, spices, peat, cinnamon, fruits.

Finish (90): longer than average. peat, honey, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Springbank 1993 c482 with 90 points over 100.

Springbank 1992 Cask 129

“Top class Springbank too. More wood and mature fruits than the other cask, #482”

89
Springbank 1993 c129

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): average. honey, varnish, citrus, spices, a little figs.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, wood, spices, figs, nuts, fruits, vanilla. Mature fruits, spices, plums

Finish (89): longer than average. honey, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Springbank 1993 c129 with 89 points over 100.

Miguel says…

So, with the limitation of my tasting notes, I hope you see the problem, What is it better: raw power or subtle maturation? vanilla or mature fruits? 482 or 129?

It is a real pleasure to have taken part of this tasting and as it was my duty I chose the Cask 482 as I was really impressed by the big fruity and vanilla punch of this Springbank.

What would you have choose?



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