55.6% | 70cl | Campbeltown | Cask Strength | NCF | 100% Sherry Matured | Limited Edition
The Local Barley Series is one of Springbank's most highly anticipated and this year's edition is no exception. Initially planned to be a series of just five bottles, due to its popularity it is now part of the Springbank range as an annual limited release.
Each year, they use different barley varieties, grown by different local farmers and up until now either matured fully in bourbon or mainly bourbon with some sherry influence.
This year, they bucked that trend and have chosen to bottle a 100% Sherry Matured edition. Bottled at 10 Years Old, made from Belgravia Barley grown at Glencraigs Farm, located just 2.5 miles from the distillery on the A83.
Strength: 55.6% ABV.
NOSE: Rich, fruity and nutty with notes of raisins and prunes, a hint of bitter dark chocolate, espresso coffee beans and walnuts.
PALATE: Elegantly rich and creamy. Sweet creme brulee and a touch of zesty orange peel. Sweet and spicy with a hint of nutmeg.
FINISH: The finish opens to give flavours of juicy soaked maraschino cherries, delicious caramel shortcake with a coastal briny influence towards the end.
Here's a reminder of the previous releases so far:
2016 | 54.3% | 16 YO | 80% Bourbon/20% Sherry | Prisma Barley | Machrimore Farm.
2017 | 53.1% | 11 YO | 100% Bourbon | Bere Barley | Aros Farm
2017 | 57.3% | 10 YO | 70% Bourbon/30% Sherry | Belgravia Barley | West Backs Farm
2018 | 57.7% | 9 YO | 80% Bourbon/20% Sherry | Optic Barley | High Cattadale Farm
2019 | 56.2% | 10 YO | 77% Bourbon/20% sherry/3% Port | Optic Barley | High Cattadale Farm