Jun 15, 2014

Blend Project #17 Campbeltown Loch...

Campbeltown Loch (40.0%): I am trapped in Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport today while I am waiting for my flight back to Boston leaving early tomorrow morning and has absolutely nothing to do till I hit the bar at the lobby to watch the first World Cup game of the day... Fortunately I have some minis in my bag I brought from Campbeltown. I am quite excited about this wee bottle since it looked like a perfect candidate for my ongoing, never-ending blend project to me when I spotted it on the shelf in Cadenhead's Whisky Shop. It is one of not so widely distributed brands blended by Springbank and also their cheapest one as far I am aware of. Especially after tasting Edinburgh International Festival blends in earlier years I am pretty amped about it. Color: As light as it gets as a whisky. Barely visible hay color. Nose: Like entering the still house at the end of your distillery tour: Beautifully fruity and floral new make malt spirit aromas. Let it air a minute. Now I am getting unripe bananas, fine grated lemon zest and firm, green Concorde pears. Orange blossom honey and also a little garden turf towards the end. Palate: Again new make spirit but smooth and sweet. These young notes did not bother me a bit... Subtle but nice peat, Granny Smith apples, baby bananas and artificial vanilla extract. Sweet eucalyptus, chamomile tea and brown sugar. Finish: Pretty much of a steep downward slope in terms of flavors with hints of caramel drops leaving the young grain alcohol burn the sides of your tongue a little longer. Overall: If this blend was available in US I would make sure that I have a bottle at home all the time... As soon as you put your glass down you want to have another sip. This bottle is an amazing bargain under £20 and carries all the characteristics of the Springbank whisky as its backbone. Loved it...

Edit: My friend Brad Jarvis let me know that actually it is available in US... So, definitely worth to look for it then...