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”
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”
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.
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?