Springbank 9 Yr Gaja Barolo

Springbank 9 Yr Gaja Barolo

I'm a huge Springbank fan. I don't think I've ever had a whiskey of thiers that's left me saying meh. Interesting casks like this are usually hit or miss. But there's something magic they seem to do over at Springbank: and that's take these novel bottlings and turn them into aceptable everyday drinkers. This is a funky beast, no doubt. But it's not something I'd get tired of. Every time I revisit this bottle, it seems to open up in some other strange and interesting way. However, I do think that it's a bit too pricey; you can easily get the Springbank 12 Cask Strength for less money and have it be a more interesting and better whiskey.

Bottle Info

Distillery: Springbank

Barrel type: 4 years in refill bourbon hogshead, 5 years in fresh gaja barolo casks

Age: 9

ABV: 54.7

How this acquired: auction

Cost: $105

Year purchased: 2016

Tasting Notes

Nose: springbank funk, pear, citrus, grapefruit, varamel, vanilla, marshmellow-fluff, lemon pepper, corriander funk

Nose[water]: plum, citrus, saltwater taffy, brine, more sea flavor, caramel opens up, bourbony flavors

Taste: springbank malt funk, vanilla, caramel, citrus, carbonated bitter cola, pepper

Taste[water]: mellow, salt water taffy, citrus, lemony pepper, dense caramel cola

Finish: vanilla, citrus, pepper, bit of cola, lemon pepper

Finish[water]: way more vanilla, sea salt and chocolate, pepper

Binary Score: 1

Value Notes

Would I buy this (or if already bought, would you buy this again): Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

Value For Money: 4/5

My Scoring System

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn't consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I'd rather have.

5 | Good | This is a good, solid daily.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average.

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite.

10 | Insurpassable | The best whiskey of all time.

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